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Holistic or alternative medicinal practices seem to be making their way into the mainstream of healthcare. Reportedly, over 40 percent of patients worldwide are using CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) in addition to traditional Western medicine treatments. In addition, many physicians have also started to utilize alternative forms of medicine in conjunction with tradition medicine.
There are many different types of holistic medicine therapies such as:
- Lymphatic drainage massage
- Chelation therapy
- Glutathione therapy
Patients who suffer from lymphadema can derive many benefits of lymphatic drainage massage. In addition to being relaxing, it aids in the release of toxins and helps to flush them from the body. Chelation therapy can be beneficial as well for removing metals from the body, but needs to be undertaken with caution since there are circumstances where it should be avoid. Possible side effects of chelation therapy include fever, vomiting, drop in blood pressure and nausea.
Glutathione injections help us to rid our bodies of free radials while increasing antioxidant levels. Glutathione side effects include possible interaction with certain medications used for chemotherapy, and in extremes cases, asthma exacerbation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has now been recognized as meeting healthcare needs of current times. In addition, The National Institute of Health reportedly invests over $40 millions dollars each year for alternative and complementary research.
Many physicians are incorporating the holistic belief system into their modern medicinal practices. Instead of only treating the injury or illness, they are implementing the belief that the body, mind and spirit must be in harmony for recovery. This approach not only uses Western medicinal techniques, but also helps patients find balance from within. Helping patients understand that holistic medicine is more than simple medical treatment. It is a way of life and the way living their life can significantly impact their health.
As with any medical treatment, always obtain medical clearance from your health-care professional before beginning a new therapy. Discuss any questions or concerns you have beforehand, so you and your physician develop a treatment plan that works best for you.