A new article by Healthwise breaks down the various methods of holistic medicine, as well as what the pros and cons may mean for the state of your health. Authors Kathleen Romito, MD, and Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD, outline the popular trends of holistic health care in the United States.
"Complimentary medicines," or additional practices that accompany prescribed medication from your doctor, include: yoga, massage therapy, herbal remedies, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and hypnosis. Some of these are considered standard medical practices in countries other than the U.S., and have interesting health benefits if done correctly.
The "whole person" or holistic viewpoint is believed to provide a person with a natural recovery to health, whether it be from unhealthy weight, asthma, mental conditions, or some forms of cancer. The journey to gaining natural wellness offers some people freedom and control, involving a learned connection between the mind and body.
Moreover, these treatments often cost less and have fewer side effects than standard treatment.
It is important to know that the biggest risk of holistic methods are the complete replacement of a professional doctor. Complimentary medicine should be used in addition to regular visits to the doctor.
To learn more about complimentary medicine and recent research of the topic, click HERE.