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Ten Commonly-Used Alternative Medicines and Therapies
Before the world of long waits at the doctor’s office and 24-hour pharmacies, people turned to natural healing remedies to treat their ailments. Here are ten common alternative medicines and therapies people use today.

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Not So Conventional the Way to Go?

Many patients are nixing prescription drugs and turning to alternative medicines to treat a variety of ailments such as anxiety and even cancer. Here are some of the most popular alternative treatments, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

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Acupuncture

Advocates of this form of alternative medicine claim it relieves pain and can treat infertility and disease. The treatment consists of the insertion and manipulation of needles in specific places on the body.

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Deep Breathing

The benefit of learning to breathe correctly and deeply through your diaphragm is believed to relieve tension and stress, something we can all use after a long day at work.

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Meditation

The health benefits of meditation claim to help your mind, body, and spirit, boost your immune system and improve your physical and emotional responses to stress.

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Chiropractic and Osteopathic Treatments

Chiropractic and osteopathic treatments claim to relieve headaches, vertigo, back and neck pain and improve sleep.

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Homeopathic Remedy

Homeopathic Doctor

This medical treatment originated in Europe and claims to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself through small doses of diluted remedies. Several celebrities have chosen to treat cancers this way including Olivia Newton John.

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Yoga

Yoga

Practicing this form of meditation is believed to improve overall health, flexibility, strength, posture and improve concentration.

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Progressive Relaxation

This exercise is used to reduce anxiety by relieving muscle tension, and practitioners claim this technique reduces ulcers, insomnia and hypertension.

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Massage

A weekly massage might not just be an indulgence, it is believed that this practice can lessen depression, lower blood pressure and boost your immune system.

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Guided Imagery

Guided imagery is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected, and uses a program of  thoughts and suggestions that guide you toward a relaxed state of mind.

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Natural Products

Natural products consist of a substance produced by a living organism, and many believe their use can promote a variety of wellness issues like weight loss, reducing the risk of heart to disease and supporting a health immune system.

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Ten Commonly-Used Alternative Medicines and Therapies

Before the world of long waits at the doctor’s office and 24-hour pharmacies, people turned to natural healing remedies to treat their ailments. Here are ten common alternative medicines and therapies people use today.

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