Alternative medicines have become mainstream because people are searching for a way to find relief and cures from common ailments. Traditional medicine often provides therapies that are harsh or can cause new problems for patients. Alternative medicines seek to work with the body’s own defense systems and either strengthen or enhance them. Many alternative therapies are now in mainstream practice and new ones that are showing promise are being adopted. Here are two that doctors around the world are offering to their patients.
Medical marijuana is the new frontier in alternative medical treatments and it continues to grow in popularity and new uses for its compounds are discovered. CBD is a cannabinoid, which is an active compound found in cannabis plants. There are more than 100 cannabinoids within the plant, and CBD, short for cannabidiol has been found to have great medicinal qualities. It is also not a psychoactive compound meaning it will not make you high.
CBD oil is delivered orally in liquid, capsules and tablets. Taking CBD oil can be messy and CBD capsules take a while to act because they must be delivered via the stomach and small intestine. A new delivery system is CBD tablets which are held in the mouth and under the tongue until the dissolve. CBD tablets have a higher bioavailability than is found in pills or capsules and are also faster acting because the CBD oil gets into your bloodstream quicker.
The documented benefits from CBD oil include: pain relief, reduction of symptoms from cancer and cancer treatment, improved heart health, relief from anxiety and depression. There is also great promise in trials showing CBD has antipsychotic effects and may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms. Tests are also showing promise for the treatment of tumors, substance abuse, and diabetes.
Although it is important to note that many of the trials for the usage of CDB oil are in their infancy, the results are very promising and doctors today are prescribing it to many patients instead of or in addition to traditional therapies because patients are touting the results they are experiencing when they take CBD oil.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art form that embraces the mind, body and spirit. Although it is thousands of years old and has been used throughout the ages as a training for the martial arts, today it is practiced the world over because of its many health benefits. It entails slow and very precise movements practiced to a rhythm. When you see Tai Chi performed in a group of people doing these calculated movements it is beautiful and graceful. Yet there is so much more to Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is a wonderful exercise for all parts of the body and the mind. It is also a great preventative therapy for older people. It tones and conditions the muscles giving a person more strength. Its movement stretch the muscles ligaments and tendons proving more flexibility and suppleness helping with muscle problems. And it helps to properly align the bones with the muscular system easing any bone issues and promotes good spine alignment.
Because Tai Chi involves great concentration, it is a wonderful workout for the mind. The repetitive nature of the movements has been shown to focus the mind better improving memory and staving off age related conditions like dementia. The elderly who practice Tai Chi score higher in concentration tests. It also reduces stress and calms the mind. For the soul, Tai Chi helps to bring tranquility and sense of well-being. All of these Tai Chi benefits are documented through decades of study.