The Basics Series: Part Two

Why Natural Therapies Work

Natural therapies found in alternative medicine are considerably older than Western treatments such as invasive surgical techniques and antibiotics. Numerous experts theorize that herbal remedies and Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, may have existed for more than five millenia. One of the principal goals of natural healing is to completely break the cycle of dependency and allow people to have more control over their lives.
Physicians and other medical professionals are very beneficial to society as a whole, but what happens when modern doctoring simply does not work? It is a known fact that antibiotics have saved millions of lives over the years. However, a recent resurgence of "old" viruses and germs are proving to be extremely resistant to conventional therapies. Antibiotics are no longer effective against them.

Mainstream doctors are now recommending natural therapies to treat both minor symptoms and certain chronic conditions. Dietary modification, for instance, has become a key weapon against illnesses that would have required extensive prescription drug treatment a generation ago.
Why then, is conventional medicine becoming more costly and in many instances less effective?

New Concepts Old Remedies

World-wide, a growing number of people are turning to alternative, natural, and traditional healing methods to prevent illnesses and to resolve minor health issues. Many modern thinkers dismiss these therapies as unproven old wives tales or simple folklore. It is now known that many health conditions are caused by improper diet and can be reversed using food therapies. Heart disease, cancer, weight problems, arthritis, diabetes, and high blood pressure can all be treated to some degree with foods.

Imagine the concept of treating a cold or flu solely with specific meal plans and dietary modifications. The human body possesses the ability to trigger healing through proper diet and herbal treatment methods. Sadly, we now live in an age where self-reliance is largely ridiculed and we no longer look within ourselves for solutions. Health care has now become the exclusive province of licensed medical professionals.
What happens when medical help is not so readily available?

Economic And Scientific Factors
Increasing health care costs is primary a factor in the recent surge of public interest in alternative therapies. This has caused a major shift in the way people think about their health. Many people are attracted to the alternative practitioners techniques of treating the whole person or holistic healing.
Major medical groups are now starting to take notice of alternative therapy's effectiveness. Some physicians are using therapeutic counseling methods to help patients isolate certain aspects of their daily lives that may play a significant role in their symptoms. In this age of managed care and impersonal medical staff many patients find this technique of holistic medicine especially appealing.

Ancient Wooden Pharmacy Jars
photo by Curious Expeditions / photo on flickr


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