Alternative medicines is a whole field of treatment for diseases developed outside conventional, standard, scientific, ‘western’ medicine. Some kinds of alternative medicine, like ayurveda, are traditional systems of medicine practiced by certain people before ‘modern’ medicine became available. Others, like aromatherapy, are more recent developments. Treatments for diseases are not as rigorously tested in alternative medicine, and there is a wide range of effectiveness: some alternative treatments work when regular ‘western’ medicine fails, but others are ineffective and may cause harm.
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Acupuncture physicians believe there are ‘energy lines’ that go through the body, and use tiny needles inserted in points in these lines to help relive pain and cure diseases. Acupuncture has been proved effective for some disorders like back pain, though scientists are still not sure how it works.
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Aroma, or smell, is associated more with emotions and memories than the other four senses. Aromatherapy uses smells or aromas to help people relax, de-stress, and heal.
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Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of medicine: ayur means breath, wind or life, and veda means knowledge - ayurveda is literally ‘knowledge of life’. The ayurveda texts date back to about 3000 BC, but the system of medicine is still practiced today.
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Color therapy claims to use light energy and its different vibrations (in the different colors) to heal the body. Each color has a certain property (for example, orange is liberating) that can be used to enlighten or transform a person.
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Some people believe that crystals have energies that can help balance or even out the energies in the human body and thus heal diseases.
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Gem stones have been used by healers since ancient times: each stone is supposed to have a kind of energy that balances or imbalances the energies in the body, and can be used to cure diseases. Some people swear by gem stone therapy, though mainstream doctors dismiss it as quackery.
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Herbal medicine uses traditional herbal mixtures to cure diseases. Herbal medicine is a part of alternative medicine, and most of its cures have not been tested though many people still believe in them. It is not true, however, that all herbal medicine is good or that it has no side effects – the poison is in the dose, and herbal medicines can be harmful like all other kinds of medicine when not used properly.
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Home remedies – like chicken soup for the common cold – have been proved effective in a number of cases. Scientists are interested in researching home remedies because they are easier and cheaper to provide than mainstream medical drugs for most everyday diseases.
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Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine based on the principle that ‘like cures like’: tiny doses of a substance that causes the same symptom a person is suffering from will help cure those symptoms. Homeopathy was developed in Germany in the 19th century, and it is practiced all over the world today though it is still controversial.
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Certain kinds of mud (like mud from the Dead Sea or in areas where there are hot springs with volcanic ash) are supposed to be medicinal. Many people have ‘mud baths’ with these muds by bathing in the place where the mud is found, followed usually by a bath in mineral water.
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