Natural medicine has been around for literally thousands of years. It’s referred to by many different names: Alternative Medicine, Complementary Medicine, Herbal Remedies. Whatever you call it, natural alternatives to “traditional” medical cures are really striking a chord among people disenfranchised by the pharmaceuticals industry.
Although “natural” is becoming a more mainstream way to deal with health issues each and every day, a lot of people still don’t know a lot about this burgeoning industry. Here are five facts about natural remedies you need to know.
1. About 80% of the world’s population uses natural as its primary form of healthcare.
The World Health Organization estimates that somewhere between 65-80% of people really only use natural remedies when it comes to healthcare. From tea-tree oil in Australia to daily meditation in Japan, people all over the world continue to integrate alternative remedies into their daily lives with positive effects. In fact, Asia is the epicenter of natural medicine (specifically China and India) but Western Europe, particularly Germany, is putting a lot of stock into homeopathic remedies, too. One out of every three medicines prescribed in Germany is an herb!
2. Over half of all medical schools now offer a program in alternative medicine.
Natural medicine isn’t just becoming more widely accepted, U.S. medical schools are starting to incorporate its main principles into their teachings. Most hospitals in America actually offer at least one or two alternative treatment options, the most popular of which are acupuncture, massage, meditation, counseling, and stress management programs.
3. Cinnamon, basil, and aloe are three of the most common herbal supplements in the world.
Turns out, many people have a few of the most powerful natural remedies in their pantries already! Did you know that 99.9% of bacteria cannot live with the presence of cinnamon? Or that aloe is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral? Basil is also useful for killing bacteria and fungi and it’s known to soothe stomachs, too. These common herbs are often prescribed as preventative alternative medicine rather than as treatment.
4. Most insurance providers cover at least a few natural medicinal treatments.
About 80% of all insurance providers cover at least some of the costs of chiropractic care. Over a third cover acupuncture or acupressure and at least 15% cover some of the costs of massage and/or nutritional care. Even the U.S. Government is starting to take alternative medicine more seriously – the annual budget for the NCCAM is over $120 million a year, 61 times its original budget back in 1992. Natural remedies typically last longer and are easier to find and buy than traditional treatments, too.
5. Yoga is perhaps the most popular natural medicine in the world.
Some studies show that over 60% of the world’s population practice yoga in some form or another to benefit their physical health and mental wellness. About 15% of the U.S. population but it’s one of the fastest-growing forms of exercise in the country. For thousands of years, people have been using yoga to help with depression, chronic pain, high blood pressure, and even glaucoma. Yoga can also reduce inflammation, ease stress, and keep your heart in tip-top shape.
So, isn’t it time you gave more thought to natural remedies? Whether you’re sick of paying thousands a year for expensive doctor’s visits, worried about the health effects of so many chemically-laden prescriptions, or simply want to invest in preventative healthcare on your own terms, alternative medicine is a smart choice.