Each person should try each of the therapies before deciding which of the alternative methods of treating the disease to determine which therapy is appropriate for that person. Before using any therapy outside of conventional medicine, it is desirable to gather detailed information, evaluate the usefulness of the therapy and side effects / negativity. For people who are willing to try some other forms of treatment besides those offered by official medicine, there are a number of ways that are defined as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Complementary forms of treatment are designed to complement official medicine. Alternative therapies are used instead of conventional therapies.
- Acupuncture-is the most famous form of treatment in Chinese medicine. It is based on inserting special needles into various parts of the body. Practices and theories that support the effects of acupuncture are not based on scientific knowledge. Most people use this therapy as a complementary rather than an alternative form of treatment. The acupuncturist will first determine the general condition of the person and the specific problems of the person. He will then insert 4 to 20 needles into specific points on the body. The procedure usually takes about half an hour. Patients then relax or feel drowsy. Acupuncture is a completely painless therapy. According to research results, acupuncture can be an aid in diabetes control because it lowers blood glucose levels, reduces insulin resistance and alleviates neuropathic ailments. Acupuncture is safe if it is performed by a qualified acupuncturist who has training in this area and uses appropriate equipment.
- Hypnosis technique brings a person into a state of deep concentration in which he becomes susceptible to suggestions. Such a condition allows the therapist to help the client reject bad habits or adopt positive changes. During the session, the therapist addresses the client in a quiet, even and soothing voice, which helps the client feel safe and relaxed. The person remains aware of the environment and behavior. A state of relaxation and deep concentration allows the detection of thoughts and feelings that prevent a person from achieving their goals. Hypnosis helps to correct the diet and raise the level of physical activity or to carry out the therapy in a certain way. Hypnosis helps people who have a problem with anxiety, stress, insomnia and mood disorders. It can cause certain side effects (headache, dizziness, false memories or anxiety). This method is generally considered safe, especially if used by a qualified professional.
- Acupressure-is very similar to acupuncture according to the principle of action. Acupressure involves applying pressure to specific points on the body. The pressure is applied with the hands, elbows or some equipment. The therapist gently presses certain parts of the body (knees, feet, hands) on the client during the acupressure session. Pressing a few acupressure points on the body can strengthen circulation, improve organ function and carbohydrate metabolism. Acupressure makes it easier to control blood sugar levels without food and raises insulin levels in diabetics. It is considered a safe practice but should be performed by applying appropriate pressure so that no bruises remain on the body.
- Chi-gong is an ancient Chinese skill based on a set of postures and movements combined with controlled breathing and meditation. The goal of this exercise is to control life energy (Chi). Chi gong has few supporters among experts in conventional medicine, although it is a safe practice. With a novice client, it can be difficult to overcome due to demanding movements and body position. The most important thing is to find a qualified instructor for this practice.
- Ayurveda-originated in India thousands of years ago. By “mother of all medicine” is a method of treatment based on the idea that good health comes from the balance of mind, body and soul. Ayurveda is the application of massage, a certain way of eating, the use of herbal preparations, the use of aromatherapy, which should bring a person into complete psychophysical balance. Meditation and yoga are safe techniques of Ayurveda while herbal therapy can cause side effects. Some Ayurvedic plants contain heavy metals that are harmful to humans. Before using any herbal medicine, a doctor’s consultation is required.
- Mindfulness meditation (awareness) -the purpose of this psychological technique is to direct attention and concentration to the present moment more than to the past and future. This practice is used to treat depression, stress and anxiety. The results of the research say that severe stress and depression and anxiety raise the level of sugar in the blood. This type of meditation works safely although there are reports that it can cause panic attacks and depression especially in people who have a history of psychological trauma. It is recommended to do a course in this area before using this practice.