Are Alternative Therapies Becoming The Norm?
A large majority, three quarters, of people surveyed by Consumer Reports are using some form of Alternative Health therapy to maintain their general health.
Over 45, 000 Consumer Report online subscribers took part in a survey, and three out of four were found to use an alternative therapy such as chiropractic, yoga, or massage therapy that they found helpful. Supplements however, did not help them over traditional prescription drugs in the case of 12 general and common health issues.
One subscriber, Carol Hamann uses both chiropractic adjustments, physio therapy, as well as yoga to manage hip problems. She noted that she appreciates her chiropractors holistic approach, saying that he “sees how everything’s connected.”
The numbers showed that 73% of people use vitamin supplements, and one in five use mind-body therapies such as yoga. Most of the cases also showed that medical doctors were aware of their patients additional therapies, and sometimes even recommended it.
Another woman surveyed, Avis Brown, 65, of Morgan Hill, Calif., received a diagnoses of fibromyalgia 18 years ago, and has been symptom free for 10 years thanks to use of alternative therapies. She summed up her thoughts on the importance of having a wide range of health professionals available by sharing, “We have to be responsible captains of our own health ship. And doctors are our navigators.”
Source: Consumer Reports