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Besides Medicine

Some seniors wish to investigate drug-free ways to confront certain aging or health problems.  Naturally, in some instances, medication should be the first line of treatment.  However, in other situations, alternate or holistic therapies might be beneficial.

Treatment by acupunctureWith many seniors wishing to reduce their dependence on medication, let’s look at a couple of popular alternatives.

  • Acupuncture. In some Asian countries, acupuncture is used as a preventative measure against disease.  This Eastern therapy is believed to strengthen the immune system and ward off debilitating conditions.  Some people regularly take advantage of this defense-building therapy, while others do not.  When illness does occur, acupuncture is often used as a curative treatment, also.  Interestingly, acupuncture has been gaining widespread regard in the West, and some mainstream physicians now recognize its benefits.  So what happens during an acupuncture session?  Thin needles are placed at strategic points about ½ inch under the skin.  The process encourages the release of chemicals called endorphins, which may then reduce pain and stimulate healing.  A number of individuals suffering from allergies have realized impressive relief through acupuncture treatments.
  • Supplements.  Vitamins and other types of supplements have become quite popular in the alternative health market.  Antioxidants (like A, C, and E) are thought to help prevent certain illnesses and maintain health.  Melatonin, a compound found in humans and animals, decreases with age.  Supplementing with melatonin is believed to regulate sleep patterns and ward off conditions like migraines and cluster headaches.  Resveratrol, an ingredient found in the skin of red wine grapes, is another supplement that has received acclaim in recent years.  This antioxidant is thought to possess anti-inflammatory properties and cardiovascular benefits.  Some researchers believe the consumption of red wine is at least one reason why the French are able to consume a diet fairly high in fat but not put on excess amounts of weight or suffer heart disease in great numbers.  Resveratrol is available in supplement form, so wine drinking is not necessary to realize the benefits.

Unsurprisingly, there are other natural therapies, like exercise and meditation, which work to keep our bodies and minds strong.  Medicine is invaluable and certainly has its place, but a more natural approach deserves merit, as well.  And since people are now living longer, this is all a good thing!

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