As a group, seniors are a huge consumer of medical services. For that and other reasons, the decision to explore alternative or complementary medicine is an easy one.
Before We Can Start
We need to explain the difference between alternative and complementary medicine.
Alternative methods are forms of treatments that replace traditional medical options.
Complementary therapies are those that are done in addition to regular or traditional medical treatments.
The obvious alternative choices to medical treatment are such things as yoga and acupuncture.
Both seem to have roots in eastern culture. Yoga, a form of physical activity that can enhance awareness, increase flexibility and for some, develop a sense of spirituality.
Acupuncture for many, is a promising way to relieve pain. The long term effects of chronic pain can be expressed only by those who suffer. Finding relief is more important than the method of that relief.
A practitioner of acupuncture and herbal remedies reports treating as many as fifty seniors a day.
The herbal and holistic treatments offered to seniors are for any number of ailments or challenges. For many older adults, alternative medicine brings hope in dealing with certain hard to treat disorders. [Continue Reading]