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Speak Up: What Alternative Medicine Practices Have You Tried?

I'm a firm believer that mainstream medicine doesn't have all the answers, since I've had success with alternative therapies. I've tried acupuncture for neck pain as well as nausea during pregnancy, and have been treated by a chiropractor for lower back pain.

I went to a naturopath for digestion issues but found no relief and have also taken Chinese herbs — some helped and some did not. A Reiki practitioner helped reduce my pain when I broke my thumb, but this technique didn't help my lower back. My all-time favorite form of alternative therapy is massage. What alternative medicine practices have you tried? Did they help?

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bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
Acupuncture and the Chinese cupping methodology
ladyr ladyr 8 years
I tried something called Push therapy once. It was painful during the actual therapy, but I felt so good after. I would have loved to have gone back, but it was too expensive.
VimalaScents VimalaScents 8 years
Aromatherapy. OH YES! For anxiety, sleep issues, energizing, and more. I'm looking for a blend that is effective for psoriasis and one for arthritis. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks! VimalaScents
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Chiropractor, deep-tissue massage and a naturopath MD regularly.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 8 years
I don't know if this counts but I get something called a Phytobiodermie facial. Here is a brief description: "Phytobiodermie is a unique holistic method for beauty, based on the energetic principles of traditional Chinese medicine and the 5 Element theory. This sophisticated system offers our clients access to revolutionary applications using state-of-the-art technologies of light therapy, acupressure and lymphatic drainage to achieve healthier, glowing skin and a more beautiful complexion from the inside out." It's awesome!
stylistashley stylistashley 8 years
I see a chiropractor for back, neck and shoulder pains and it has done wonders for me. I had my pain for 7 years, and in a few months time I feel 90% better (the only reason it isn't 100% is because my jobs are very hard on my back, so there is occasionally some pain b/c of that). I wouldn't really consider it an "alternative medicine" though, since my insurance covers a lot of it
michlny michlny 8 years
I prefer integrative medicine instead of alternative medicine. All forms of therapy should be considered - different strokes for different folks! Western medicine needs to, and is starting to, wake up and realize the effectiveness of Eastern and other preventative therapies. No one has all the answers. Let's be inclusive and accepting. As for me, I consider Western Medicine the "alternative," I'd turn to it only in emergency and if NOTHING else works.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I just went for my first massage today to treat a back injury I sustained on vacation last week (sucky sucky sucky). I'm surprised at the number of people listing chiropractors.. I would never see one. Go to a physiotherapist instead.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Aromatherapy, yoga, and massage. I'm curious about Reiki. I keep hearing about it but have no idea what it is.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
i've tried acupuncture and reiki.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've been to a chiropractor for generalized tightness in my upper back when I was a teenager and it did help. My mom and dad both swear by going to a chiropractor for their back problems, but I don't think anyone in our family has tried it for any other type of pain. I've also been to a naturopath when I was a little kid. My aunt worked for her and she used acupressure to treat our ear infections...she would tape these little beads onto our ears to hit certain pressure points. I can't remember how effective it was, but it may have helped with the pain, which would prevent us from needing to go on antibiotics, I guess.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I guess natural medicine - Touch therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Rustic European Medicine and Native American Medicine. But then again I grew up with those "alternatives" being just part of normal medicine. My family has always used all forms of medicine - folk and industrialized - you go with what works for you. So my grandparents ate herbs and roots for health and illnesses but they also took insulin or cardiac medications as needed. I get a little short tempered when people find out I have chronic migraine disease and they say "Oh try acupuncture or pressure and message it worked for my headaches." Hmm...I don't have headaches. I have a neurological disease that happens to occasionally have a chronic intense pain in my head and spine as a symptom. But yes I have tried meditation, acupressure, acupuncture, cranial-sacro message, herbal remedies, exercise, ignoring any pain or confusion or dizziness and none of those treatments have worked to either relieve the symptoms of the disease or cure whatever is causing the disease. My two different neurologists remind me that treating the symptoms is great but it is not curing the disease. They also remind me that a great majority of people in the US "think" they know what causes migraine disease but they have no clue what that a migraine is not a headache it's a disease that can cause you to have headaches. Some natural cures that people keep recommending that I take would actually cause additional serious health issues or sudden death.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I've tried a type of massage that's redirects energy/chi. I was skeptical at first but the practitioner was incredibly intuitive. I've also tried aromatherapy. Seriously, I would try cupping, acupuncture, and more if I could afford it.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
I get acupuncture regularly and swear by it... it's helped me tremendously with different things. I've also had a Japanese massage and it hurt like hell - will never do that again. Aromatherapy is suppose to be wonderful but it always gives me a headache - most oil - like smells do. Yoga and meditation.. is that a form of alternative medicine? I guess some say so and I can see why.
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