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Are Holistic Remedies Worth Considering?

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Much of the holistic medicine practiced here in Roanoke,Va is advertised for helping people with sports and physical therapy. Acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy, music therapy and a variety of other holistic treatments are available for those who have been injured in sports or accidents. However, holistic treatment isn't just for athletes! It's good for mental health issues, as well, which brings us to the focal point of this article. More people than we care to number suffer daily with depression, anxiety and mental stress. It gets worse every day. These mental conditions affect the body in traumatic ways, causing high blood pressure, heart attack and the general deterioration of physical health.

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Ever heard of "mind over matter"? Anxiety, depression, panic, fear - these are situations where the mind is affecting matter in a negative way. Every patient longs for the strength and ability to overcome depression and anxiety. Using the holistic treatments available at various clinics around town can help bring back a clean mental health chart, which, in turn, relieves physical symptoms, as well.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary online, holistic medicine refers to treating the mind and the body. As it has become more popular and accepted, clinics and doctors have begun to offer it as therapy on a more regular basis. Many insurance companies have also begun to recognize it as a legitimate treatment. However, it is best to check with personal insurance policies before assuming the treatment you receive will be covered.

One of the most popular forms of holistic medicine comes in acupuncture treatment. According to research, acupuncture works by producing complex changes in the body and brain. The needle tips stimulate nerve fibers, sending signals to the spinal cord and brain. These signals are intended to ease pain associated with the given diagnosis. Brain studies show that this treatment heightens your pain threshold and can actually deactivate part of the pain matrix in the brain. In other words, your brain successfully tells your body that you are not in pain. As anyone who has suffered from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and the like, can tell you, mental pain can easily be just as agonizing as physical pain.

This treatment is not new. It's use goes back thousands of years in the heart of the Chinese culture. However, American people were first introduced to the art as a form of medicine in the 1970s. It would later become a standard part of mainstream medicine, in the late 90s, when it was deemed safe and effective for several types of physical and mental health conditions.

There are other popular types of holistic remedies. These include music therapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy and changes in diet and everyday activities. Ever think that quitting smoking or drinking might lessen depression and anxiety? Holistic treatments can take care of that, as well. It is a good idea to make sure the therapist you see is licensed to practice and experienced in the field. An expert will be able to spot where your most difficult issues are and help you decrease the affect they have on your mind, your body and your life. Here in Roanoke, we have many clinics that offer acupuncture and other holistic treatments.

If you're tired of going to the doctor, taking myriads of pills and seeing worse side effects than the actual condition, consider holistic remedies. These therapies do not guarantee that your mental and/or physical health will be healed but they do offer an alternative to the lack of results you may have been seeing with traditional modern methods.

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