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Tops Reasons People Turn to Natural Health Alternatives

When looked at logically, alternative remedies make no sense. Why then are so many people placing their faith in these treatments that, essentially, do nothing? The first, and most obvious, answer that critics come up with is that those who use alternative remedies do so because they are stupid and gullible. This, however, is wrong.

People wants to promote wellness in others.

Concern people want to promote wellness in others, by understanding and addressing the key driver of most long-term conditions – the mind body connection.

The community recognize that natural therapies are effective.

Natural therapy is often based on the theory that man-made products are not necessary for healing. Instead, treatments often involve herbal remedies and unintrusive techniques. There is often a great amount of emphasis placed on the connection between bodily health and spiritual health.

People often use complementary therapies to help them feel better and cope with having cancer and treatment. How you feel plays a part in how you cope.

Many complementary therapies concentrate on boosting relaxation and reducing stress. They may help to calm your emotions, relieve anxiety, and increase your general sense of health and well being. Many doctors, cancer nurses and researchers are interested in the idea that positive emotions can improve your health.

I often read that the reason people are turning to complementary/alternative/integrative(take your pick) medicine is because they are dissatisfied with the care received from mainstream/conventional/”western”* medicine. This may be true for a small segment of the population, those with a chronic illness or with terminal cancer spring to mind. But is this generally true of altmed users? Those who pick up a bottle of homeopathic remedy from the pharmacy or occasionally visit a naturopath?

Prescription Drugs are Killing People

The drugs, on the other hand, try to take over the body and hijack the biochemistry. They try to force blood pressure to be lower or force the liver to not manufacture cholesterol. In fact, prescription drugs interfere with normal human metabolism, and that is one reason why prescription drugs are killing people. Yet all the conventional medical doctors are terrified about the unknown side effects of alternative therapies.

When people have a long-lasting problem that conventional medicine hasn't completely cured.

People often turn to CAM when they have a long-lasting problem that conventional medicine hasn't completely cured. Someone might try complementary health approaches to help improve symptoms or manage side effects from conventional treatments.

Three out of every four U.S. health-care workers use some form of complementary or alternative medicine or practice to help stay healthy, a new report shows.

Alternative remedies give them more personal control of their situation

People in poor health and those who have chronic conditions often like taking charge of their own health. Using alternative treatments gives them this autonomy. However, they do not shun conventional medicine; they are more likely to use alternative remedies in conjunction with conventional medicine.