Alternatives to Medicine
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a report on wellness related to common complementary health approaches. The report focused on selected wellness-related reasons for using natural product supplements, yoga, and spinal manipulation. The NIH found that yoga appears to offer the best perceived benefits among these three practices.
These findings are interesting but not surprising. Unlike taking a supplement or seeing a chiropractor, practicing yoga is a lifestyle change and—therefore—will have broader benefits. Yoga focuses not only on exercise, but also on relieving stress, which is a significant factor in improving health. Approximately 82 percent of the yoga participants in the NIH study believed that their overall health had improved because of yoga and 67 percent felt better mentally. Most important, however, is that 86 percent of the yoga practitioners claimed they felt a reduction in stress. Other benefits from yoga included better sleep and making healthier food choices. For more information about the study, visit alternative-medicinemag.com, and click on “Health News.”
When Alternative Medicine magazine was launched, these “alternative” modalities were practiced on the fringe of the healthcare market. Now we see integrative practices among many traditional healthcare providers. The continued growth of functional medicine, holistic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine indicates that more patients are interested in alternative treatments. As patients, we understand that we are responsible for our wellness, and we make lifestyle choices to support our health.
We also understand that what we eat significantly affects a healthy lifestyle. At Alternative Medicine, we embrace organic food, support transparency in labeling, and question the safety of GMOs. Food is the most powerful medicine available to heal chronic disease. All you need to do is eat your medicine and think of your grocery store as your pharmacy!
These considerations lead me to a question I have pondered for nearly a year: Are the topics we cover in this magazine really “alternative medicine,” or are they “alternatives to medicine?” Perhaps the latter is the best way to describe our magazine. Diet, lifestyle, and environment are all topics we cover on a regular basis. We encourage readers to embrace a healthy lifestyle, question their healthcare practitioners, and become educated healthcare consumers.
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