Americans’ use and acceptance of alternative and complementary healing has become a booming business in the U.S., totaling more than $30 billion, according to one study. Whether you feel these options align more closely with your spiritual and philosophical beliefs, you want to avoid any dangerous side effects of prescription medications or you prefer to take a more hands-on role in making decisions about your health, you may wish to add nontraditional medicine as a complement to your conventional care plan.
What Is Alternative Medicine?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many more people have turned to complementary medicine as a prevention and treatment strategy – especially before vaccines were widely available.
Holistic therapies include such approaches as massage, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, qi gong, homeopathy, aromatherapy, hypnosis, taking vitamin supplements and adopting specific dietary changes. As a sign of how mainstream these treatments are becoming, many of the nation’s leading hospitals now offer an array of alternative and complementary options for patients.
Guide to Types of Healing Crystals
Healing crystals are another alternative therapy that has gained traction in recent years. You may have admired people wearing them as jewelry or using them to decorate their homes, but some people believe these crystals serve a purpose beyond ornamentation.
Practitioners tout the benefits of various crystals for promoting the flow of positive energy and bringing them mental clarity. While there is currently no scientific evidence to support these claims, many people swear by crystals’ color and beauty. Here are some of the most beloved crystals you might try incorporating into your life.
This white crystal, known as the “master healer,” supposedly absorbs and amplifies energy, while helping improve focus and memory. To reap maximum benefits from clear quartz, try holding this stone in your hand while you meditate or keep it nearby while you’re doing yoga or getting a massage.
Proponents of this golden stone claim it aligns your body’s chemical and hormonal balance. Some people say it promotes harmony and peace, while attracting love and well-being.
Historically, amethyst symbolized purity and healing abilities. Ancient Egyptians made amulets with amethyst crystals to protect the wearers from harm. Modern-day crystal practitioners may use amethysts to help reduce anxiety and perceptions of pain. These purple crystals purportedly have metaphysical benefits, including the ability to absorb negative energy and emit tranquility.
Moonstone, the crystal of “new beginnings,” supposedly helps people find the inner strength to move forward with fresh purpose. Enthusiasts believe moonstones promote success and good fortune.
Healing Your Body, Mind and Spirit
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A Note About Your Health
People choose alternative healing treatments for many reasons, including the desire to have more autonomy in their health care plan. However, it’s essential to note that many of these complementary therapies exist in a gray area outside federal regulation, and “all-natural” is not always a synonym for “safe.” Aside from time-tested approaches like yoga and meditation, there may be little to no available research on whether a specific treatment approach is effective. Some methods, such as taking dietary supplements, may even interfere with other therapies your doctor prescribes.
Using alternative medicine to replace conventional treatments may be harmful to your health, especially with severe, chronic illnesses such as cancer and substance use disorders. If you are considering any complementary therapies, speak with your health care provider and use their opinion to make an informed decision about what is right for you.