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What Are the Types of Alternative Medicine?

Complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) is usually classified into the following five categories:

1. Mind-Body Therapies:
  • Meditation - Meditation helps calm the mind with the help of focused breathing and repetition of phrases.
  • Yoga - It comprises specific poses and breathing techniques to improve mental and physical health.
  • Tai Chi - This involves gentle stretching and exercise while focusing on breathing. Thai chi is great to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Hypnosis - Also called hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion. It is a trans-like state where the person's focus and concentration are amplified. Here, verbal images or mental images are used to help with healing.
  • Biofeedback - With the help of simple machines, the patient can learn to affect or control some body functions, such as heart rate, which are usually involuntary.
  • Imagery - Pictures, scenes, etc., are used for the body to heal.
2. Biologically Based Therapies:
  • In this type of CAM, things found in nature are used to improve well-being, like dietary supplements, parts of plants, herbs, spices, and special diets.
3. Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies:
  • Chiropractic Therapy - Chiropractors use their hands or small devices to apply sudden and controlled force to the spine and joints.
  • Massage - The skin, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues of the body are rubbed and manipulated.
  • Reflexology - Here, pressure is applied to specific points in the hands or feet.
4. Energy Medicine:
  • Energy medicine, otherwise called biofield therapy, is based on the concept of using the body's energy fields for healing and wellness. Examples include Reiki and therapeutic touch.
5. Traditional Alternative Medicine:
  • Ayurveda - Translates to "The Science of Life." It is an ancient Indian medicine system where the aim is to restore the mind, body, and spirit balance by cleansing the body.
  • Homeopathy - This system facilitates healing by administering small doses of natural substances, such as minerals and plants.
  • Naturopathy - Includes various therapies that help our body heal naturally.
  • Chinese Medicine - This system aims to balance the body's Yin (feminine and dark energy) and Yang (masculine and bright energy), which is the key to good health.
  • Acupuncture - Also a common Chinese practice, where specific points in the body are stimulated using extremely fine needles to reduce symptoms.
Why Do Some Patients Prefer Alternative Medicine?

The following are some reasons why people prefer alternative medicine:

  • To reduce symptoms or side effects of conventional therapy.
  • To relieve anxiety, calm their emotions, and increase their sense of well-being.
  • With so many options available in alternative therapies, patients can choose and play an active role in the treatment.
  • Natural and herbal or plant-based medicines used are a plus.
How to Consult an Alternative Medicine Specialist Online?

You can now consult Alternative Medicine Specialists at iCliniq Native Care. All you have to do is post a query, and you will receive an answer as soon as possible. If you want to speak to the specialist over a video or phone call, choose a time slot displayed based on the specialist's availability for a video or phone consultation.

How to Consult an Alternative Medicine Specialist Online for Free?

You can post the first query on iCliniq Native Care for free without any charges. Any available Alternative Medicine specialist will answer the query as soon as possible.

What Happens If the Alternative Medicine Specialist Does Not Respond?

Our Alternative Medicine Specialists are readily accessible at all times. But in case a specific specialist is not available, another specialist will answer your health query.

How Can I Consult an Alternative Medicine Specialist on the Phone?

You can speak with our Alternative Medicine Specialists over the phone by booking a phone consultation.

How Long Does One Video or Phone Consultation Last?

If you have booked a video or phone consultation, the consultation will last for approximately 20 minutes.

What Is the Traditional Ayurveda System of Medicine?

Ayurveda, otherwise known as Ayurvedic Medicine, was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is one of the world's oldest whole-body (holistic) systems. The whole system is based on the belief that our health and well-being are linked to the balance between the mind, body, and spirit. When this balance gets disrupted because of congenital disabilities (birth defects), climate change, age, emotions, injuries, etc., the person gets sick. Ayurveda's primary goal is to promote healthy living.

In Ayurveda, it is believed that all of us are made of five basic elements - space, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements combine to form three energies or life forces, which are called Doshas - Vata Dosha (space and air), Pitta Dosha (fire and water), and Kapha dosha (water and earth). These Doshas are said to control how the body works. Every one of us has a unique combination of the three Doshas, and usually, one is stronger than the other Doshas. As each Dosha affects different bodily functions, it is said that any imbalance in them makes the person sick. Ayurvedic specialists help with proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes based on your Dosha to promote optimal health.

How Does Siddha Medicine Work?

Siddha medicine is also one of the oldest medical systems that originated in India, more specifically, South India. Siddha literally translates to "established truth." Siddhars, people who established this system of medicine, recorded their findings in medicine, Yoga, etc. In Siddha, the principles include the theories of Aimpootham (Five Elements) and Mukkuttram (Three Faults). Envakai Thervukal (The Eight Methods of Examination) determines diagnosis, causes, treatment, and outcome. Here, herbal and mineral treatments are used for various common and rare diseases, along with diet and lifestyle modifications.

What Is the Unani System of Medicine?

The Unani system of medicine originated in ancient Greece, and the foundation was laid by Hippocrates. And now, it is primarily practiced in India. It involves the use of herbal medicines, dietary modifications, and other alternative therapies. According to this system, the balance of "the four humors" or bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile) is vital to health. Also, another principle of Unani states that disease is a result of an imbalance in air, earth, water, and fire, which are the elements that comprise the human body and everything that exists in nature.

Can I Get a Prescription From Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani Specialists?

You can consult an Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani specialist through a query, phone, or video consultations. The doctor will only be able to prescribe if the first consultation is a video consultation.

What Does Homeopathy Mean?

Homeopathic Medicine, or Homeopathy, was developed in Germany in the 1700s and is based on the belief that our body can heal itself and "like cures like." Meaning, substances that result in symptoms in a healthy person can be used in very small and diluted doses to treat illnesses with similar symptoms. These substances or medicines are believed to trigger the body's natural defenses. Homeopaths, people who practice this system, administer small amounts of plant or mineral substances to stimulate the healing process.

What Is Yoga and What Are Its Types?

Yoga is also an ancient Indian practice that includes physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines. The following are some common types of Yoga:

  • Karma Yoga - The spiritual practice of selfless action aimed to help others is Karma Yoga. It is the path to reach spiritual liberation or Moksha through one's work.
  • Kriya Yoga - Kriya means movement or activity. Kriya Yoga is the activity (or movement) of consciousness, or in simpler terms, the path of meditation.
  • Bhakti Yoga - It is complete faith in God or supreme consciousness. The aim is to build a path of devotion.
  • Jnana Yoga - Jnana means knowledge. In Yoga, it is the path to wisdom through meditative awareness. The aim is not to find answers to eternal questions, and it is instead self-realization.
  • Hatha Yoga - This includes Yogasana (Yoga positions), Mudras and Bandhas (Neuromuscular gestures and postures), Pranayama (Control over Breathing), and Shatkarmas (Detox methods).
  • Raja Yoga - This includes eight stages of Yoga that are collectively called Raja Yoga. It was described in the Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali.

Breathing exercises, poses or Asanas, and meditation included in Yoga relieve stress, improve lung function, and improve immunity.

What Is Naturopathy and How Does It Work?

Naturopathy, otherwise known as Naturopathic Medicine, uses natural treatment options to facilitate the body to heal. The treatment options include acupuncture, massage, herbs, exercise, and diet counseling. Benedict Lust, a German, brought some of these natural cures to the US in the 1800s, while other therapies are decades old. Similar to Ayurveda, naturopathic medicine also focuses on treating a person as a whole (mind, body, and spirit). The main aim is to heal the root cause of a disease and not just address the symptoms.