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Alternative Medical Systems – Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese medicine

Allopathy is not the only approach to health and healing. Homeopathy, naturapathy, ayurveda are considered as some other medical systems that have their own set of principles.

HOMEOPATHY

– This system believes that the body can heal itself.
– Homeopathy is a lengthy process.
– Treatment is based on factors like body type, genetic and personal health history, physical and emotional and mental health.
– It works on the principle of similars or “like cures like”. This is a belief that a disease can be cured by treatment with a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people.
– The principles of dilutions, also known as law of minimum dose. Homeopaths believes that very small doses of highly diluted substances stimulate the body heal itself and that the diluted medicine still retain its original essence, even when the dilution is so complete.

NATUROPATHY

– This form of health system is based on the belief that body has innate healing power that can establish, maintain and restore health.
– The emphasis is on supporting health rather than fighting disease. It relies on natural remedies such as sunlight, air, and water.
– It is not full side-effects free as even natural herbs have potential risks.
– Health can be restored by returning to nature which has healing power.
– The body has the power to maintain a state of health to heal itself with proper support.

AYURVEDA

– Ayurveda means science of life.
– Ayurveda medicine is all about balance in one’s life.
– Balance in your life begins the moment you are born.
– In ayurvedic medicine, the closer you are to your “prakriti”, the better.
– Ayurveda considers everything you encounter to have a therapeutic value.
– Whatever you come in contact with – foods, dress, way you sleep, what you see and hear affects you in some fashion and shapes you.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

– This health system originated in ancient China. and has evolved over thousands of years.
Core Principles include:
– The world is shaped by opposing, yet complementary, forces – the basis for yin-yang theory.
– Health depends on the harmonious balance of energy circulating through pathways in the body.
– Symptoms and conditions can be categorized using these eight principles: cold/heat, interior/exterior, excess/deficiency and yin/yang.
– Five natural elements – fire, earth, water, metal and wood reflect how our bodies work and correspond to different organs and tissues.

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