Around 6000 BC, bones and stones were sharpened and used for acupuncture in Ancient China. However, it wasn’t until 100 BC that we have evidence of an organized system of treatment and diagnoses, using acupuncture.
That’s still thousands of years ago. Acupuncture is one of many forms of natural medicine that has been used to cure and treat many ailments and diseases throughout history.
Natural roots and oils have also been used as a medicine, both in the past and in today’s world.
So what are the natural medicine trends that doctors are using today?
Keep reading to find out about 6 exciting trends in natural medicine that are growing in popularity in 2019.
1. Scalp Acupuncture
Since I mentioned acupuncture above, I’ll start with it here. It’s not necessarily one of the new natural medicine trends as it’s been around for thousands of years. It does, however, continue to be a more reputable form of treatment as it continues to produce results in its practice.
Acupuncture focuses on energy flow called Qi and is based on the belief that this Qi (pronounced “chee”) moves throughout the body along 12 main channels, called meridians. These meridians don’t follow the exact paths of blood flow, but they do represent major organs and functions of the body.
Acupuncture has been successful at treating migraines, helping veterans deal with PTSD, and has helped alleviate effects of cerebral palsy and MS. Some of the results that doctors and patients are seeing with acupuncture are simply amazing.
Scalp acupuncture is building clinical evidence to prove it’s efficiency at treating multiple conditions and ailments, such as:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Motor Neuron Diseases
The possibilities are endless as to what scalp acupuncture may be able to treat. The way that it works is that needles are inserted into the loose areolar tissue layer of the scalp. Doing this stimulates the brain neurons of the area underneath. Because there are no organs in the scalp, the treatment is considered safe.
It will be interesting to see how scalp acupuncture continues to develop.
Another natural medicine trend that has been around for thousands of years is the use of cannabis.
One of the cannabinoids found in both marijuana and hemp plants is called CBD. THC is the cannabinoid that is found in marijuana which is known to cause psychological effects that get people “high.” However, when you extract the CBD and make an oral supplement, you can use it for medical purposes like treating severe forms of seizures, or epilepsy without the “high.”
The FDA has already approved CBD for treating things like nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. Furthermore, it is being used for many other ailments such as anxiety, heart disease, depression, trouble sleeping, and acne. It is considered one of the most exciting, and potentially profitable natural medicine trends today.
Instead of turning to chemical drugs for their health issues, supplements are becoming increasingly popular for their health benefits, without the potential of some harmful side effects.
Probiotics, for example, are amazing for your digestive system. They help keep your gut, or your flora, healthy. They contain live bacteria and yeasts that are essentially “good” bacteria. They help balance the bad. Many people take them after a dose of antibiotics as antibiotics tend to kill any and all bacteria, including the good.
Parents are giving probiotics to their kids on much more frequently as a healthy gut can help fight potential illnesses.
Fish oil is another supplement that has become increasingly popular. Women take it when they’re pregnant to support brain health and function in a growing fetus. But the buck doesn’t have to stop there. Fish oil contains omega-3’s which have tremendous health benefits.
For people who don’t like the taste, smell of, or don’t eat fish, vegetarian and vegan options are becoming more available.
Supplements have been around for decades, however, they continue to advance with time. Think about it. Ten years ago, would you have thought CBD would be a mainstream supplement today?
One of the biggest issues Americans face today is trouble sleeping. It’s a hormone that is produced in our brains, and regulates sleep patterns.
For those individuals who deal with insomnia or a lot of jet lag, melatonin supplements may help on those restless nights. It’s a natural alternative to chemical sleeping pills that have many side effects.
Doctor’s are studying to see if melatonin may also help with things like cancer, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, ALS, and sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders. If melatonin can assist in the treatment of these illnesses, the implications could be significant.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has made its appearance by popular demand time and time again in American culture.
It’s an oil that has many benefits, whether consumed orally, applied to your skin, or other methods, including:
- Increase in metabolism
- Protect skin from UV rays
- Can be heated to very high temperatures, safely
- Relieve skin irritation and eczema
- Improve brain functions
- Decrease hunger and food intake
- Combat candida
- Improve wound healing
- Reduce inflammation
The benefits don’t stop there. Coconut oil is one of the many natural medicine trends that continue to grow in 2019.
6. The Whole Self
Whole-person care is making waves in the medical community when it comes to treating patients. Taking the time to understand an individual and determine how their lives and choices may be affecting their health is essential in treating a myriad of issues.
Diet and exercise are two of the more obvious aspects of a patient’s life. But trauma, life choices, and genetics can also play significant roles in determining the best path and medicine for treating a particular patient.
Looking at the whole-person and developing a holistic health plan is my preference. Are you curious to learn more about my story and the kind of work that I do? Check some of it out here.
Natural Medicine Trends Can Go Hand in Hand with Other Treatments
More and more, we see doctors taking natural medicine trends and integrating them into their medicinal practices. It’s powerful and exciting because it broadens the scope of what can be done and how people’s lives can be drastically improved.
Do you need consulting or help with your practice in order to better provide for your patients, and find ways to utilize natural natural medicine? Feel free to contact me with any and all questions.