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How Can Alternative Health Care Help?

May 16, 2008
For most, healthcare has become a major issue now.

Costs are skyrocketing, many of us do not have health care coverage and a visit to the doctor can prove both costly and unfruitful.

Due not to poor education, but perhaps a limited scope of treatment, the M.D. can not always help the patient resolve their health issues totally.

Alternative health care has become popular over the last 30 years. Allopathic medicine is the purvue of the medical doctor, dealing with the strict science of disease infections.

Pharmaceutical prescriptions, lab analysis and surgery are the main treatments available.

Alternative health care encompasses diagnosis and treatment programs which analyze body systems as a whole. While the medical doctor treats the symptoms of the patient, the alternative practitioner approaches disease as a systemic condition.

The condition which brings the patient to the doctor may be only a symptom of an underlying problem of another area.

For example, if you are prone to bronchitis, the allopathic practitioner may prescribe antiobiotics to cure the infectious condition and thus bring it under control.

However, the holistic practitioner may instead view the bronchitis as an underlying weakness of the immune system.

The naturopathic, or holistic practitioner, will take the approach of using natural herbs to cure the infection.

Other examples of alternative health approaches include quit-smoking treatments. While your regular M.D. may prescribe nicotine patches, they don't work for everyone actually.

An ancient Chinese alternative treatment is accupuncture. Many quit their smoking after undergoing such treatment.

Are you being bothered by migraine? This condition can be difficult.

Though there are over the counter drugs to treat this, it may not be effective and comes with side effects.

Alternative health practitioners offers may different types of therapy and these are with no side effects.
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