It refers to treatments with low or no risk that are used instead of conventional (standard) treatments. If you use an alternative treatment along with conventional medicine or therapy, the alternative treatment will be considered complementary therapy Sananga.
There are many forms of alternative medicine. These include acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, massage, magnetic waves, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, yoga and tai chi.
Acupuncture involves stimulating certain acupuncture points on the body using fine needles or other methods. How acupuncture works is not completely clear. Acupuncture points are believed to be located near nerve fibers. When acupuncture points are stimulated, nerve fibers signal the spinal cord and brain to release pain-relieving chemicals.
Acupuncture is an effective means of relieving pain, such as back pain and headaches . Acupuncture can also help relieve pain due to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Musculoskeletal injuries (for example, neck, shoulders, knee, or elbow)
Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration. In self-hypnosis, you repeat a positive statement over and over.
Hypnosis can help relieve pain due to:
After surgery or childbirth
Irritable bowel syndrome
Both acupuncture and hypnosis are often offered in pain treatment centers in the United States. Other non-pharmacological methods used in these centers are:
Herbal medicine involves the use of various plant parts. Many herbal medications can interact with prescription medications, or may have other unwanted side effects. It is important to discuss all herbal therapies with your healthcare provider.
Some find magnetic waves helpful for healing, but they can interfere with certain medical devices and should be used only under the direction of a medical provider during pregnancy.