Why Choose Holistic Treatments? 3 Ways Complementary Medicine Can Help

Are holistic treatments the right choice for your healthcare needs? Whether you have a chronic condition, are in the middle of a major life transition such as menopause, or just want to explore alternatives to traditional medical practices as a way to stay healthy, take a look at the top reasons to choose a holistic provider. 

Chronic Pain Management

Persistent back, neck, knee, or other pain can interfere with your daily life. Not only can chronic pain make you physically uncomfortable, but it can also reduce your range of motion or overall mobility. This can turn simple tasks, such as walking up and down the stairs or getting out of bed, into major challenges. 

Even though chronic pain can impact almost every aspect of your life, you don't have to live with this issue. Prescription pain relievers are a go-to for many people with chronic pain. But these medications can come with drawbacks. Some medications are addictive, and others cause constant drowsiness or potentially serious side effects. If you have chronic pain and either you don't want to explore the prescription route or medications haven't helped in the past, holistic healthcare is an alternative.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), more than 11 percent of adults in America (or over 25 million people) have had some form of daily pain in the past three months. The NCCIH notes that research shows complementary approaches, including massage, spinal manipulations, acupuncture, and hypnosis, may help people with chronic pain.

Perimenopause Symptoms

While holistic medicine treatments can't stop menopause, they may help to ease perimenopause (the months or years before a woman reaches menopause) symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, vaginal dryness, and unexplained weight gain. Conventional relief for these symptoms may include Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), antidepressants, or other prescription topical and systemic medications. 

Like pain management, treatment of perimenopause symptoms doesn't always have to include a traditional medical approach. Holistic alternatives, such as dietary changes, physical activity changes, acupuncture, meditation, and herbs/supplements, may help to ease discomfort and fatigue during the perimenopausal period. 

Mental Health

Holistic therapies don't only treat physical symptoms. Complementary medicine can help some patients to overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Again, this is done without the use of traditional prescription medications (such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors—or SSRIs). Holistic opinions for mental health treatment may include acupuncture, meditation, massage, dietary changes, supplements, or physical activity.

Contact a provider near you to learn more about holistic treatments