The Different Types of Integrative (Alternative) Medicine

January 6, 2018


The Different Types of Integrative (Alternative) Medicine


Alternative medicines or Holistic Medicines are a set of practices, techniques, and therapies whose purpose is to naturally restore the patient's energy balance and heal diseases. They are called alternatives because they are precisely an alternative to conventional medicine.

 Some argue that their efficacy as valid therapies are not scientifically proven. According to the National Institute of Health of the United States, there are more than 300 practices that are divided into 7 categories: alternative medical therapies, herbal medicine, nutrition and electromagnetic applications, mind-body interactions, biological or pharmacological and manual therapies (treatments). Nevertheless this process of understanding that health can establish itself again from bringing the internal harmony of the human being, the search for the natural and straightforward ways for Curing illnesses gain strength.


As a spiritual person, nature for me has always been a healing place. Going back all the way to my childhood on the farm, the fields and forests were places of adventure and self-discovery. Animals were companions and friends, and the world moved at a slower, more rational pace than the bustling cities where I'd resided my adult life.

David Mixner

Types of Alternative Healing



It is an alternative therapy created by the physician Samuel Hahnemann in the late eighteenth century, which uses highly diluted preparations to develop the same symptoms of the patient. The basic premise is: the similar is cured with the alike, which is explained in the conception that what causes the symptoms, is what can cure them in low doses. Homeopathic medicines are of vegetable, mineral or animal origin in high dissolutions and, in general, they do not have adverse effects. Homeopathy does not have scientific recognition, beyond considering it as a placebo effect.



Acupuncture is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine, which seeks to restore the balance between the poles of the body that are disharmonized. It is performed with needles that are introduced at specific points of the body, to stimulate the passage of energy and restore balance, thus favoring physical, mental and healing well-being. This technique is used primarily in the treatment of pain, for example, to decrease pain during surgical procedures. It is also used in the treatment of allergies, inflammatory processes, etc.



Aromatherapy is an alternative therapy that uses essential oils for massage, inhalation, bath, etc., to heal physical or emotional ailments. This treatment is adequate for the problems such as Stress, insomnia, for muscle spasms, relaxation, respiratory problems, digestive problems, skin conditions, etc.


Bach Flowers

It is an alternative treatment, a floral therapy that uses a series of natural essences of flowers with healing properties, to stimulate the body's ability to balance. Among the conditions that can be treated with the Bach Fores are Depression, anxiety, anxiety, tension, as well as maintaining a positive attitude towards illness and the healing process. Dr. Bach, the creator of this therapy, conceived the disease as an imbalance of harmony between the body mind and spirit. That when that balance is broken, the energy field is altered, and a gap is opened that favors the disease. The Bach flower system consists of 38 floral remedies that correspond to 38 emotional states.




It is about millenary knowledge about the beneficial effect of medicinal plants. The use of plants (vegetation) for therapeutic purposes goes back to time immemorial, and today science confirms the presence of chemical compounds with pharmacological properties, which are often the essential ingredients used by laboratories for the development of specific drugs. Phytotherapy includes from the study to the therapeutic use of medicinal plants, phyto-pharmaceutical, fungicide and plant resources.



It is a type of alternative medicine originating in Japan, which is based on the healing and balance of the patient, through the imposition of hands that channel energy. The emitter or channel (the person who gives Reiki) locates through the imposition of hands on the patient, the chakras (energetic points of the curl) and unlocks those that are blocked with negative energy, through the power that passes through his hands. As an alternative therapy, it should be considered as a complementary treatment and not leave the doctor, but only accompany it.



It is an alternative treatment originating in Japan, combining traditional Chinese medicine with Western medicine (chiropractic). It consists of the localized pressure of specific points of the body, to unlock blocked channels in the meridians that produce physical pain and discomfort. Fundamentally pressure is exerted with the palms of the hands and thumbs, but elbows and knees can also be used. The treatment also includes stretching, joint manipulation and other techniques. It is especially useful for the treatment of nervous and digestive problems.



Also called zonal therapy, is the stimulation of specific points in hands, feet, ears, and nose, known as reflex zones, which seeks to provide beneficial effects elsewhere in the body. The premise of this therapy is based on the fact that all organs of the body have their reflex zone, reflected in the soles of the feet and by stimulating these points using massage, it is possible to restore the health and physical and mental well-being of the patient. Reflexology is used to relieve the following ailments: Neck pain, back, gastritis, asthma, menstrual aches, headaches, constipation, among others.


Ayurvedic medicine

Its origins are as remote as those of traditional Chinese medicine. It is medicine coming from India, which seeks to restore the energy balance that was lost and that is the cause of ailments, diseases, malaise. This practice combines several techniques including Use of medicinal plants, massages, diet and herbal medicine, therapies like meditation, relaxation therapies whose purpose is to align the energy centers called chakras and restore physical, mental and physical balance. Spiritual.

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