Benefits and Risks of Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine has become increasingly popular lately. Many patients are turning to homeopathic practitioners, such as Tibetan Medicine and Chinese Medicine, especially after not getting the results they desire from Western medicine. There are a few risks that are unique to alternative medicine, but there are also different benefits to be gained from it.
Chinese medicine includes many different techniques, including acupuncture, massage, and herbal supplements. Each of these have their own set of benefits and risks. Acupuncture is one of the most scientifically proven treatments that Chinese practitioners use. It's been proven to help relieve chronic back pain, neck pain, and headaches or chronic migraines. It's even been shown to increase the efficacy of IVF treatments for infertility.
However, acupuncture has a few risks. Nerve damage and infection can occur if the needles are placed wrong or not sterilized properly. But these risks are low and any damage done by acupuncture are usually reversible. Herbal treatment can be far more dangerous, and it's key to find a doctor that is fully trained and certified in herbalism. Many people assume all herbs are safe because they're natural, but poisoning, allergic reactions, and overdoses are possible if the prescription is wrong. But herbal medicine can be the most effective treatment for many conditions, and can offer treatment without side effects for conditions that would otherwise require pharmaceuticals with serious side effects.
Qigong is a moving meditation practice that many Chinese and Tibetan medicine doctors teach and use in their practice. It uses smooth and controlled movements and breathing to stretch the body, teach the patient to breathe properly, and promote blood circulation. It's possible to pull a muscle or cause some other exercise related injury, but otherwise qigong has little risk if done properly. It can be used by almost anyone to increase the overall health and condition.