Alternative medicine in a nutshell for cross-border patients
Whatever you call it - alternative medicine, holistic medicine, or complementary medicine - it aims at preventing and treating diseases applying spiritual practices, herbs, and physical exercise. In most Asian and African countries, up to 75% of local population refer to time-proven methods in the first place when they get the flu, headache, or back pain.
Complementary medicine covers an array of treatments including:
- acupuncture (inserting needles into a human body)
- homeopathy (triggering natural body resources with highly diluted substances)
- breathwork (learning how to breathe healthily)
- fasting (developing healthy eating habits)
- yoga (meditation and physical exercises)
- osteopathy (stimulating musculoskeletal system with manual techniques)
5 questions to ask your alternative medicine specialist during your first appointment at an overseas clinic:
- What type of treatment would you recommend trying first?
- What is your experience/education in treating patients with similar diagnosis/needs?
- What are causes of my disorder?
- What medicines/approaches will you be using to treat my case?
- How will my follow-up care look like?