Alternative Health Therapies Can Be an Effective Method of Care For Various Illnesses and Diseases

Alternative Health Therapies are practiced all over the world by various types of health care givers, using naturopathic and preventive methods for curing various diseases, that may be either psychological or physiological. Alternative therapies primarily originated from the Indian Sub-Continent and China around 4000 years ago. From the mid-eighteenth century, during the Popular Health Movement, alternative medicine began to be widely practiced in America. Some of the common methods that were, and still are, used in alternative health therapies are naturopathy, chiropractic, herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine, aurveda, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, hypnosis, homeopathy, acupuncture, and nutritional-based therapies.

Practice of alternative medicine varies in its foundation and in its methodologies. It may be based on traditional techniques, spiritual beliefs, and even folk knowledge. Diseases like Scabies, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High/Low Blood Pressure etc. may be cured by these alternative therapies. Psychological Disorders and also chronic diseases like cancer can be treated by the long term use of alternative medicine therapies. The major advantage of these alternative therapies is that they don’t possess as many side-effects as those evidence-based methods that use drugs and surgery. Various holistic approaches make alternative health therapies very effective. There are hundreds of universities and research centers that study alternative medicine and therapies. The practitioners of these fields are called Naturopathic Doctors. Also, there are vast numbers of healthcare centers that provide these services for those people seeking alternative health care. As every aspect in every sector of the world leads towards digitization and focusing on information technology, alternative therapies have also reached the homes of people, who may not usually have access to these treatments, through internet based health monitoring system. Numerous tools and gadgets have been invented and used for such specific purposes. Such tools have various sensors and transducers that effectively pick up slight changes in patients’ reflexes and cellular changes during monitoring. Practitioners can then examine the reports and treat accordingly. Not all alternative health practitioners will have access to all these tools and resources Neither will they all have the experience and knowledge to practice using such advanced methods, so if you are interested in remote health care and monitoring it is important to choose your alternative health care practitioner wisely and to vet their experience.

More experienced practitioner of alternative medicine use advance techniques such as Bowen Therapy, Limbic Stress Assessment (LSA) and Voice Remapping to treat their patients.

The important thing to remember about seeking alternative health treatments is that your practitioner will treat both the symptoms and the underlying causes. Alternative health therapies look to bring the body back into its natural balance by healing the mind, spirit and body. Only once this is achieved can the body begin to start healing itself.

Chiropractic Is An Excellent Alternative Health Care System

The word chiropractic refers to a specialized health care occupation dealing with the loco motor system which is the muscle and skeleton network of humans that allow us to move. Many common ailments are attributed to neurological problems caused by skeletal and muscular misalignment.

Chiropractors do not normally employ any medication in their treatment and manipulate the muscles and spine to relieve any compressed nerve causing the pain. Chiropractors can diagnose a wide variety of ailments and are able to refer patients for physio therapy or other forms of rehabilitation. They may also recommend changes to the diet and provide options for changing a persons daily routine.

Customarily a chiropractor will manipulate the spine with his hands using pressure at certain points of the back to readjust the spine. This manipulation helps to restore the vertebrae and to its correct position and relieve the associated pain. A patient may need more than one consultation to rectify the ailment as it could be a slow process to realign the spine than is badly twisted.

The injuries to a spine are often associated with a severe injury or incorrect posture and lifting methods employed when picking up heavy objects. A chemical change occurs in the surrounding tissue which in turn is responsible for the discomfort and pain a person will experience.

There is not often much pain associated with the treatment given by the chiropractor, although a mild pain or stiffness may be felt for a few days. Much of this pain and stiffness would resolve itself with a little exercise that the practitioner could suggest.

Lower back pain is often treated by chiropractors and may be the principal way of providing any relief. Muscle and spine manipulation may assist in the treatment of other unrelated illnesses and could improve the convalescence of a patient.

Stroke patients often need to have the top two vertebrae manipulated due to the trauma. Accident victims are also often assessed and treated for spinal injuries because of the chiropractors expertise and training.

There is far less risk from going to a chiropractor than using medication and other commonly used treatments for certain ailments. It is well worth the effort of consulting the professional when suffering from debilitating back pain or tingling of the extremities.

In some states the chiropractor has to receive written consent from the patient prior to any treatment commencing. Perhaps not a bad thing but then it should include any medical profession.

Many medical coverage schemes exclude chiropractors from their preferred suppliers list and will not honour any claims for treatment. This is an unfortunate state of affairs which is forcing many people with spinal and muscular ailments to avoid going for treatment if they have to pay for it.

The chiropractic profession is an honourable and perfectly safe alternate health system. Medical insurers need to take the blinkers off and recognise the profession for what it is worth in today’s society. There are many serious ailments that would cost the insurance company much less to cover than traditional healing or hospitalization.

Lower Health Care Costs

Everyone is attacking the insurance companies and rightfully so. They have been asking for it every time they come up with another excuse to deny someone the care they need. They’ve become the evil in the industry when they put a policy in place to deny, deny, deny until the people who are entitled finally give up filling out form after form.

Of course, the American people are looking to the president to solve the problem. It doesn’t look as if the problem is anywhere close to being solved. In 2008, Obama said that making the American people buy their own insurance is like requiring the homeless to buy homes. In 2010, just two years later, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act he enacted did that very thing and in 2012 it was upheld by the Supreme Court even though it was immediately challenged by a majority of the States in the U.S.

In all of this turmoil, I don’t hear too many people complaining about the cost of health care itself. I’m not saying I don’t hear people complaining at all. I’m saying that the squeaky wheel gets the attention and the squeaky wheel in all this is the complaint about insurance companies and what the president can do. Health care costs itself could use a little more attention.

When a visit to the ER for a broken wrist costs a thousand dollars, I think we’re talking about a health care system that is literally running away itself unchecked. Walk into a hospital and look on the wall for a menu, a price list or anything that other businesses are required to provide. You won’t walk into a restaurant and order before knowing what the cost will be. Why can the hospital get away with it?

So, you can’t control the insurance companies and you can’t control the mess the government is making. How about take matters in your own hands and start cutting health care costs yourself? It’s not that hard. All you need to know is that the options are available and be willing to use them.

First of all, cut down on the trips you make to the hospital or the doctor’s office. This does not apply to people who have ongoing conditions that require frequent doctor’s office visits. If that doesn’t apply to you, then by all means be your own doctor.

If you have a symptom, look it up on the internet. Go to the credible sites that offer solid advice. Webmd is at the top of my list. But, you should also look at a few others. Just like you might get a second or third opinion on serious medical conditions, go to several different sites and make sure they are all giving the same advice. Mayoclinic, Medicinenet and Healthline are some others that have articles written by doctors and you just might find the information you need.

Remember though, if you take your health care into your own hands, you are responsible for following the advice the right way and using your own discretion if you happen to have a condition that precludes you from taking said advice. In a legal slap happy world, people love putting blame on others when they really only have themselves to blame. Quit being part of the problem, looking for that easy paycheck, and become part of the solution.

Cutting down on hospital or doctor’s office visits also means that you need to stock up on certain supplies and have them in your house or in your car at all times. Make yourself a kit of common medical items that you might possibly need for non-emergency situations. Bandaids, gauze, tape, peroxide, wound cleaners and anything else that you can imagine that will make your kit complete. Make a smaller kit of only the essentials for your pocketbook or book bag.

If there is a symptom that doesn’t require emergency attention and you have tried to look it up or you are unsure of what to do, go to a clinic. That’s why they are there. Clinics offer low cost solutions to getting medical advice. But you might get offered a prescription or a treatment that you can’t afford. Don’t hesitate to ask for alternatives. You’d be surprised how effective alternative health care treatments can be.

In the case that a trip to the hospital or the doctor’s office is necessary, there are still great ways to cut down on health care costs. The first thing you need to know is that health care does not have to cost as much as it does. Keep in mind that it’s a business. The insurance companies look at it like a business. The doctors and the hospitals run it like a business. So, treat it like a business!

If you have to go to the hospital, challenge the bill when you get it. Take it to the business office and negotiate it down. There is a sizable margin of wiggle room and you have every right to ask for it. Most of the time, you’ll get a reduced cost without even an argument. When they do argue, don’t take “no” for an answer. Climb the ladder of supervisors until you get to the decision maker. You will find that behind the closed doors is a much nicer person willing to give you a highly reduced hospital bill.

If you require surgery, treatment or any health care that will be set in the future, negotiate the bill upfront. Just like negotiating the hospital bill that you’ve already received, you can negotiate future health care costs as well. Climb the ladder to the decision maker and ask them what they can do for you. If insurance companies can get discounts of up to forty percent, then why shouldn’t you be entitled to the same?

Insurance companies aren’t designed with you in mind. They are money-making factories put in place to take your money and hope that they never have to pay. Looking to the government for the solution really isn’t doing anyone any good. When the government is required to find a solution, they have to find one that fits all shapes and sizes for all of its constituents. A task that is nearly impossible.

Take matters in your hands when you can and make sure you follow through when you make that decision. You just might live longer anyway. After all, you should be able to figure out what’s best for you and possibly keep yourself out of the hospital or the doctor’s office altogether.

Building Your Family’s Health Care Team

We could learn a lesson from ancient Chinese physicians. They were only ever paid if the patient was healthy. When the patient became sick, they weren’t paid again until he was well. An interesting concept, don’t you think?

Our “health care system” really isn’t about health. It’s about sickness. We wait until we’re sick and then go to the doctor to fix whatever is wrong. It’s a “sick care system”. In fact, it’s been noted that if we were to take better care of ourselves on a regular basis, we would have less incidence of colds, flu, allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and many more illnesses and diseases. The challenge is that traditional western medicine doesn’t fulfill the need of parents to keep their families healthy – they are too overrun with the emergencies that clog their waiting rooms. As a result, many parents are turning to complimentary or alternative health care.

Parents have shown a much greater interest in integrative health care over the last decade. Creating a “health team” for their families is gaining popularity instead of relying on a single physician for all needs. The role of complimentary or holistic health care is not to focus on a symptom, illness, or disease. More importantly, the goal is to look at the overall health of an individual and assess how best to keep the person well instead of waiting for them to get sick and then treating the disease.

A July 2007 study out of “Pediatrics” followed 114 children in a pediatric out-patient clinic affiliated with a university general hospital in Quebec[1]. It was stated that 54% of these children received complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM), which included chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, massage, acupuncture, Reiki/energy care, hypnosis, osteopathic manipulation, and other hands-on techniques to promote health care. The most popular forms were chiropractic, naturopathy, and homeopathy, with chiropractic used most frequently at 24%.

In 2003, a survey of 2000 parents was conducted by UCLA in association with the American Academy of Pediatrics to discover their views on preventative care for their children[2]. The study showed that while topics such as vaccinations, feeding issues, and sleep patterns were discussed, topics such as child care, reading, vocabulary development and social development were not met with satisfaction. Parents who reported that they did not receive sufficient information noted that would be willing to pay for extra care, a marker of how strongly they valued guidance on the issues.

Creating your family’s integrative health team takes work. Interviewing chiropractors, naturopaths, homeopaths, dentists, physicians, midwives, massage therapists, and other practitioners you would like to work with is a big job. Starting by choosing one and then asking for referrals to others is an easier way to build a team that you trust to take care of the health needs of your family.

[1] Jean D, Cyr C. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in a general pediatric clinic. Pediatrics. July 2007; 120 (1):e138-e141

[2] The National Survey of Early Childhood Health: Parents’ Views on Preventive Care for Infants and Toddlers, June 2004

Cashing in on the Alternative Health Trend

A smart internet marketer not only keeps up with trends and fads, but stays abreast of the latest ways of generating web traffic from the keywords associated with them. By being fast on the trigger you can put yourself in a lucrative position which will provide a steady revenue source for years to come. Some trends last for a decade or more – just look at good cigars and low rider pants. One that is just gathering steam right now is the alternative health niche.

Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in the Unites States, and is only projected to get bigger. As baby boomers retire in groves, their healthcare needs are expanding exponentially. Any investment in the healthcare sector is a good bet. However it is the alternative health niche that is best poised to benefit from growing healthcare demand, and it is a perfect market segment for savvy online marketers.

Thousands upon thousands of baby boomers visit their doctors every week complaining about an ever-growing array of miseries, many of which are simply undiagnosable and/or are not effectively treatable by conventional modern medicine. Consequently the number of alternative healthcare clinics is on the rise and their business is booming. This is an undeniable fact, regardless of how you feel about the alternative healthcare field itself. As a smart marketer you are hopefully only concerned about the demand itself, along with the existence of good products and services which fill that demand.

Good products and services do exist in this market segment, many of which offer marketers an attractive income source. I am talking about products and services that actually help people, can be very highly targeted to highly motivated buyers, and offer a generous profit margin for those who are able to effectively market them. Hey, isn’t that you?

I’m sure you would appreciate a short list of specific ideas for marketing in this niche, so here you go.

1. Create Alternative Healthcare Directories. This is one of the most profitable things you can do online; that is build directories for offline businesses. What you want to do is concentrate on a niche in a geographical area. For example, a national Holistic Medicine Clinic directory, or a Florida Chiropractor directory. If you get the site ranked high enough in Google for the relevant search term, contact everyone in your directory and let them know they will be removed unless they subscribe to stay listed.

2. Build Websites for Alternative Healthcare Businesses. This is a no-brainer. With the sector expanding this service is in high demand and you can make an income from both the design and the hosting. A simple postcard mailing to these types of businesses will yield fruit.

3. Promote Affiliate Products to Retail Customers. This is the area that most internet marketers are familiar with. The market is wide open in this niche, the affiliate program list is getting larger by the day, and the number of searches for this type of search term is growing rapidly.

4. Promote Affiliate Programs to Wholesale Customers. A lesser known tactic that requires a proactive relationship with the product vendor. Basically what you are doing is selling some type of product or service to alternative health care clinics. An inexpensive Skype account allows you to make phone calls to them world-wide at dirt cheap prices.

These are just a few of the more obvious ways to get in on the action. If you are the creative type, you can find more. But concentrating on only one of the above strategies is enough to make you a lot of money in the coming years (if you do it right).

Allow me to offer a few parting words of advice. I would suggest designing your strategy around higher-paying endeavors, whichever way you go. This is because the profits ultimately are generated from your market’s end-user, in this case retail healthcare customers. Retired baby boomers with health problems have money and are willing to spend it in a desperate search to cure their miseries. So don’t settle on promoting footpads which pay a $7 commission. If you are going to meddle in this market, spend your efforts on something that can really pay off. The money and the demand are there. Think big.