What are Alternative Health remedies?

The internet is full of information on how you can cure yourself with natural and alternative remedies, foods, oils herbs and more and the information has grown in line with the surge in natural medicine popularity.

Alternative health remedies definitely have benefits and while they are not a cure, they can always help support the body in certain situations. Understanding when and how to use these remedies requires expert training, skill, and precision in recommendations. 

Alternative medicines are treatments that are considered to be an alternative approach and /or a complementary support to traditional Western medicine or allopathic / conventional treatments, that include plants, oils, supplements, nutrition, mind and body works amongst others, from varying disciplines and cultures. They can be used to treat many different kinds of illnesses and diseases.

Alternative medicine
Alternative medicine

In the Western world, many alternative remedies are largely unregulated, and their efficacy is not always established by scientific evidence.  Therefore, it’s important to fully research your therapy and practitioner to ensure you get the best help possible. Naturopathic Doctors often only use GMP certified supplements. These are pharmaceutical grade supplements that have been rigorously testing for containments as well as efficacy. Many nutraceutical companies test their products as well as finance their own studies to prove efficacy of the nutrients. 

There are many great societies helping to regulate and support these therapies and practitioners, and it is changing all the time which is a great thing to see.  There are literally thousands of therapies so do your research well or seek the advice of a Naturopathic Doctor who is often qualified in many disciplines to help you to choose your therapy or guide you to the appropriate therapist. Just because it is natural does not mean that it is healthy or recommended for you, especially with many diagnosis as well as medications in the system. 

You may have heard of herbal remedies, nutritional therapy, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, homeopathic treatments, acupuncture, acupressure, bachs remedies and other more common modalities but there are many thousands of others.  Some people use alternative healing modes as a way to combat the toxicity of modern life or to find peace with the body and mind.

Alternative health remedies for skin problems and hair.

Alternative health remedies are often said to be the newest trend in medicine, where in actual fact they have been around for many thousands of years in a lot of cases. With many people investing in those natural, organic remedies, we have to ask ourselves:

What can these remedies really do?

There are many claims about the benefits of alternative remedies and many reported benefits such as helping everything from skin problems and digestion problems through to circulation and hair growth.

The use of natural remedies is not new. The word “remedy” comes from the Latin “recuperāre,” which means “to make whole again.”

Alternative health remedies are not usually intended to cure major illnesses, such as cancer or diabetes but can be a support and benefit to the immune system and for overall wellbeing and mood. Alternative therapies can often be a complement to allopathic care and are not always recommended to replace these treatments. 

They are commonly called upon for milder problems, like skin infections or digestive issues and can sometimes be used in place of, but more commonly alongside, prescription medicine to support minor health concerns.

Natural Remedies
Natural Remedies

Let’s look at some remedies

Hair growth

There are a number of remedies that people can use to stimulate hair growth. These remedies range from natural home-grown methods to expensive treatments.

-Massage therapy, 

-Aloe Vera, 

-Coconut oil, 

-Ginseng, 

-Geranium oil, 

-Lemon, 

-Onion Juice, 

-Rosemary oil 

have all long been used to stimulate hair growth.

Skin

Natural remedies are an affordable way to solve problems. They can be found in the kitchen or even in the back garden. Some natural remedies for skin are apple cider vinegar, cucumber, and oatmeal masks. As well as aloe vera and rose oil.

Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy for dry skin because it has a pH of 4-5 which balances the skin’s natural pH level of 5-6. It is also rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavonoids that help fight free radicals and prevent premature aging. 

Cucumbers have compounds called cucurbitacin’s that shrink blood vessels, thereby reducing inflammation on your face and improving circulation to your skin cells. 

Oatmeal is good for oily or acne-prone skin because it can soak up excess oil which help keep pores clean, but it is also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and can also help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. Oats contain saponins which are natural cleansers.

Go natural, its kinder.

Natural remedies are a kinder way to heal your skin because they don’t usually have any side effects and are made from organic materials that do not contain any chemicals. One of the most popular old natural remedies is honey, which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Honey (with lemon juice and cinnamon powder)

If you are vegan there are others which carry similar healing properties.

– Coconut oil 

– Flaxseed Scrub

– Aloe Vera and Cucumber with Coconut oil 

– Apple cider vinegar mixed with water

– Blueberry face mask

– Coffee mask

– Banana face mask

  To name a few.

Herbal medicine

Always consult a doctor before trying natural herbs, oils, or  remedies

So you can see, there are many benefits to using natural remedies and these are just a tiny selection, so I urge you to do your research and try things out, above all, have fun. Natural medicine practitioners can work very happily and successfully alongside your primary care practitioner or Doctor and they very often do. So do not think it must be one or the other. In fact a good provider will see the benefit in all forms of care, and objectively educate you on the benefits versus risk of all treatment. 

Disclaimer Note: It’s important to note though, that just because something Is natural does not mean zero risk. While many are very low risk there still can be complications, contraindications and contra-actions. Please be mindful of interactions with various medications and drugs that you are currently take plus known contraindications for certain herbal remedies. 

The internet is full of information on how you can cure yourself with natural remedies, but we recommend that you seek out a Qualified Natural Healthcare Practitioner and always consult a Doctor before trying any new things. Never stop taking any prescribed medication without speaking to your healthcare practitioner first. If you would like to consider some alternative health remedies for your care, please schedule a consultation by clicking here: 

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