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Even now with presumably cheaper health care people are turning to holistic and alternative treatments for what ails them. Now it’s less about the fact that it may save them money and more about the fact that people have seen that these types of treatments often work well.

If you have only been thinking about trying an alternative therapy, now is the time to give it a try. These treatments can do so many great things for you, from mental health to pain relief. Here are four alternative therapies that you should definitely look into, and what they can do for you.

Massage

Massage is one of the most common alternative health care approaches. It once was thought of as more of a luxury, but now more people have seen the power it has to heal. Massage isn’t just great for relaxation, although it is a great way to beat stress.

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Massage helps with circulation, and can be helpful to diabetics and people with different forms of arthritis. Massage is being used for pain relief, even chronic pain, and sports massage helps athletes recover faster.

Yoga

Many people fear trying yoga because of some of the contortionist style postures they’ve seen done, but you don’t have to be able to stand on your head to benefit from yoga. The more you do it the more flexible you will become.

Yoga increases strength and posture. Yoga is also another way to work on stress relief, and it can help your breathing as well. That makes yoga good for everyone, start out with easy postures and work up from there.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture may seem scary, but those “needles” they use are hair-like filaments that you’ll barely feel going in and it has proved to be a useful treatment. Most people use acupuncture for pain relief.

People suffering from bad headaches, like migraines, can greatly benefit from this very old treatment style.

Herbal Medicine

Like superfoods and healthy eating, different herbs and spices offer different health benefits. Remember when your grandma gave you ginger for an upset stomach? That’s because it worked.

Most herbal remedies can be taken in supplement form, but you can also enjoy their benefits by adding them to meals. Turmeric is great for easing arthritis pain, cinnamon helps lower blood sugar, and ginger not only helps a normal upset stomach but can also help those going through withdrawals.

On top of all of those great benefits, these treatments are all used in holistic treatments of drug and alcohol addiction. Treating the underlying issues, like stress and mental illnesses, of drug addiction can lead to a more lasting recovery.

If you haven’t tried any of these alternative therapies, now is the time to see how they work for you, even if you just need some simple stress relief!

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