By Alternative Treatments, I mean treatments that are used instead of conventional, mainstream medicine.
Some people call it complementary medicine or integrative medicine. Some doctors are starting to recommend and use these alternative treatments and the term 'complementary' is preferred by them because they don't see them as a substitute but something that can be used alongside conventional medicine.
In Australia, 60 percent of the population say they have tried some form of alternative medicine. in the US there is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and they have reports of research results into natural treatments and evidence-based reviews. In the UK there is The Complementary Medical Association and the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA). In Europe there are many groups including The European Society of Integrative Medicine which is an international association supporting the science, research, education and further training, and evidence-based medicine in Integrative Medicine.
Alternative treatments include a long list of therapies – herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, iridology, massage, homeopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, dietary supplements and herbal remedies and many more. There is more and more research being conducted to back up the effectiveness of these treatments.
Many of these traditional therapies have been used for hundreds of years which should count for something. Apparently, they were removed from the market after the discovery of penicillin.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been used for over 3,500 years and combines herbal medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and diet and exercise.
The use of herbal medicine goes back thousands of years, with the earliest written records in 2800 BC in China.
Ayurvedic Medicine is a medical system that started in India more than 3,000 years ago and is still used today.
Over the years that I have been blogging, I have tried many natural alternative treatments to help reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and I have written about them here on this blog.
Many things have helped me and some have not. I always find it interesting to read other people's experiences with things that may help. Please have a look and see if any might be of interest to you:
- Is this fibro treatment controversial or am I behind the times? New Stem Cell Treatment for Fibromyalgia?
- What the viewers poll said about alternative treatments for fibro