With so many people unable to get the proper medical care through conventional Western (allopathic) methods, more people are turning to alternative medicine. There is quite a range of alternative practitioners so do plenty of research and check references before you visit a practitioner. If you are are still feeling anxious about visiting an alternative doctor here are some ways you can do some research.
For trauma such as a gunshot wound you would want to go to an ER with a conventionally and Western-Medicine trained medical staff but for on-going or chronic diseases and conditions often alternative or holistic medicine can be a great option or complement. Whoever you choose, you want to make sure they have the proper license, training and credentials to practice and have been practicing for many years and/or have studied under some of the most respected names in their field from an accredited organization.
You might be more comfortable going to a a General Practioner but one that labels themselves as a “Holistic Health Doctor”. They usually have a standard medical degree but have completed additional coursework in holistic health which is often called integrative health. Even at major Universities you can find integrative health physicians. Sometimes it will not be a General Practioner or family medical doctor but the physician has some other kind of sub-speciality training such as pain medicine or orthepedics.
Often people will go to a Chinese Medicine or Acupuncturists for chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies, depression and anxiety. These kinds of practitioners will often prescribe herbs which will help to complement the work they do with you while you are in the office. Sometimes they sell them in their office or you will have to go to a specialty herb store to purchase them.
Chiropractic is a sub-specialty of the medical field which focuses on disturbances of the spine and nervous system.
If you are pregnant or nursing, you might want to seek the assistance of a midwife or doula who can either be a form of support with you in the hospital room or can assist or guide you in a home birth.
There are many practitioners who refer to themselves as “energy workers” and there can be a tremendous range in the kinds of practices, education and experience they have.
Whatever kind of practitioner you choose to work with, it is best to research their background and seek out a few referrals to get a sense of what kinds of results you can expect.