Is it just me, or is the modern Western approach to medicine largely superficial? Too many doctors are too quick to prescribe antibiotics and/or some other medicinal remedy for common ailments. I have been contemplating seeing a naturopath but would first like to hear other peoples' experiences.
Have you tried any alternative therapies? If so, for what did you seek it out and was your experience a positive one?
I like to use natural and ayurvedic remedies to treat my family mostly. If the need arises, then we visit a doctor. I also practice crystal healing and meditation. I have never used a naturopath purely because my budget doesn't allow, but have had friends who speak highly of naturopathy.
There are some alternative therapies that are beneficial, but there's a lot of pseudoscience too (like homeopathy), so I'm a bit cautious about it. Some herbal remedies definitely do something, but it's a bit of a worry that they're not regulated, so if you buy supplements you can't really know for sure what you're getting.
If massage counts, then yes, and it's awesome. Also my Mum shouted me an acupuncture treatment when I was pregnant with my first baby and "overdue". I had the baby a couple of days after which might have happened either way, so I can't say for sure whether it helped or not, but I don't think it did any harm either and it's always nice to be fussed over a bit.
I do use home remedies for some things, like tea tree oil as a disinfectant and to repel headlice, crushed mint leaves on a mosquito bite to stop the itch or taken as tea for a dodgy tummy, minor things like that. For major illnesses I see a doctor.
I rarely get sick, but I when I do I definitely opt for 'alternative' therapies rather than take a pill containing who-knows-what. I guess we all vary in what we call alternative, too. I find herbal teas, aromatherapy, Reiki, massage and other nature-based products and treatments much safer and more effective than any chemical drugs a doctor may prescribe. I might feel differently if I was to get seriously ill, but at the moment I'm happy with the above.
I use homeopathy (very effectively) for my children all the time, and have also found acupuncture to be an extremely effective (drug free) way of treating pain of any kind (back, knee, ankle, headaches). I've also tried Naturopathy, Bowen Therapy, Reiki and Shiatsu massage - also all good experiences. Ask around, word of mouth is the best way to find a good local therapist.
In my opinion as long as western medicine insists on not treating the body as a whole it will be lacking. Fortunately there are some real gains being made in certain sectors in their efforts to provide holistic solutions.
I tried Bowen therapy which did absolutely nothing but was very relaxing. Have tried acupuncture without success. Therapeutic massage is good. Have tried homeopathic but the herbs they gave were ineffective. Back to the doctor .....
I have regular TAFE student massages which keep my migraines away, I also see an Osteopath if my neck or back is out and needs adjusting. They seem to be more gentle than Chiropractors, I use Chinese herbs for ailments. I was seeing a Naturopath about a year ago for about 9 months which improved me in general but got expensive. I see an Acupuncturist who also does Chinese Massage, if I'm feeling 'flat' or about to get a migraine so I guess, yes, I use Alternative Therapies. The Acupuncturist also gives Dr. Certificates so they are recognised by my employer. I leave the icky things like Pap Smears to the Doctors.
I've used and loved homeopathy( sometimes miraculous), Transformational Kinesiology (amazing), aromatherapy ( lovely), Tapping ( EFT), Brain Gym, Body Talk, Past Life regressions, I've also tried Bowen Therapy( pleasant and gentle but didn't seem to do much for me, but I've friends who swear by it), ostheopathy (highly effective), chiropractic ( don't like it as they always want a million visits and nothing ever seems to get fixed) and acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies, naturopathy ( complicated and expensive) and more. I go to the allopathic doc for surgery ( skin cancer checks and grafts, blood tests, infections. For most illnesses now I treat myself with sleep and water - much cheaper!