Unlike most conventional medicine practices, holistic medicine seeks to treat all components of the human body, which include physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
While not all alternative health care is widely accepted, a growing number of holistic medicine practices like massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic are definitely gaining leeway in modern society.
Where conventional medical wisdom addresses physical symptoms of a disease, holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of the illness through natural and holistic therapies.
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Holistic medicine like chiropractic, for example, is a great alternative to sometimes invasive surgeries and other traditional pain treatments involving medications that can carry strong side effects.
Using an X-ray to determine where "subluxations" exist along the spine, licensed chiropractors can help to realign these spinal disruptions through gentle and safe adjustments (to the spine).
If you haven't yet experienced a chiropractic treatment for your chronic back pain and headaches, you should speak with your primary care provider to determine if chiropractic might be right for you.
Another holistic medicine – acupuncture, is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and facilitates fine, hair-like needles that are placed along acupoints of the body. Believing in restoring "Chi" (energy flow) to the body, acupuncture is widely used in pain relief, quitting smoking, stress reduction, and is even used to help alleviate symptoms related to the effects of cancer treatments.