Despite what most of the world seems to think or at least what the average American seems think, almost two thirds of the world's population rely on the healing with their culture's own alternative medicine. This is a little over four billion people. They believe their choice in remedies, are more successful than most of modern medicine. But unfortunately this is because most of them are unable to afford anything else, and also anything because modern health care is usually unavailable. It is unavailable because of their lack financial means; after all, not all of the world is able to pay for expensive, practical health care.
In fact most of the world is unable to afford more costly, and practical medical care at all. Or at least what Americans have come to think of as practical medical care. Even in countries like the United States however, Canada, and Britain; use of non-prescription and non-doctor recommended treatments for common ailments exist. As recent as 1990, nearly 2.5% of Americans purchased or made their own herbal remedies. In 1997 12.1 percent of Americans spent roughly $5 billion on alternative medicines and herbal remedies. Efforts are being made by many public and private organizations, to make quality health care more readily available to certain parts of the world that are in need; however, some choose to remain outside of that reach, and prefer the ancient traditions handed down through their culture.
What this means, is that regardless of conventional belief, not only are a people across the world participating in herbal remedies and old folkloric ways of treating common ailments, but that people right here, in our thoroughly industrialized country, are also using alternative medicines. If so many people increasingly use the same techniques to treat common illnesses, are these people on the right path? Or are they are merely pursuing a placebo effect from herbal remedies in which case, if it works, who can blame they're pursuing a remedy that will heal, versus elaborate medical treatments that may or may not even be successful. There is usually around a fifty-fifty ratio of actually being cured by any treatment should we able to believe in the effect it causes.
One of the most common of home treatments used some time ago, was to apply raw, fresh steak to use as a poultice, which helps heal the infected tissue in wound and also treats the swelling. This technique is not used as much anymore, because it is quite obviously unsanitary. Molasses is used to relieve a sore throat, and also for babies,when their teething stage is begun. Fresh cucumber and a wet bag of tea can help with healing a bad eye; bad, meaning either a bloodshot eye or a black eye. Fresh cucumber is still used today, to ease and relieve the swelling in tired eyes, giving a more refreshed feeling after the treatment. Or for treating if after something small like a piece of metal debris might have fallen into it. Anything that might cause an eye to become irritated, making it red, bruised, or swollen.
You can also use Garlic, for reducing high cholesterol and high blood pressure, both high cholesterol and high blood pressure are leading causes of heart attacks in the modern world. Garlic is in fact, used quite frequently in the present time, to treat both of these ailments. The juice from the nim leaves is used during malaria, which is caused by mosquito bites and uses a fever. Nim leaves are often used as a type of cure-all in India, and is especially a weapon against smallpox outbreaks. Malaria is not all that common of an ailment, any more, but there are occasional outbreaks, mostly in the south, and during the summer sometimes in the northern states. It is mostly a spread through mosquito bites, and the germs the mosquitos pass from one infected body to another. Chinese acupuncture is used throughout Asia and has recently migrated into the United States among some other continents as well, and is used in breaking up blood clots and relieving migraine headaches. It is a popular cure, and is used for many other things, including treating the addiction to cigarette smoking and weight loss within the United States and other countries. Acupuncture is a jack of all trades in the world of alternative medicine.
There are also alternative medicines of many different types that are used for more serious ailments, which is not always the best road to go, but many people choose differently. Many use alternative, herbal remedies in order to treat and help along, things like dieting, cancer, treatment for diabetes, heart disease, and skin care. Skin care is a field that can especially benefit from more all natural ingredients, there are many herbal remedies that are much better for skin than the chemicals that most people buy from companies; who knows what can be in lotion produced today? The more natural, the better in the case of skin care. However, when it comes to dieting, people tend to get overzealous in their attempts to cure the "disease" of being overweight. Using the wrong herbs excessively for weight loss can may make the people who are abusing them seriously ill. You should see your doctor before deciding to follow through on any homeopathic techniques or alternative medicine. Just because you have friends, or neighbors, relatives, et cetera, jumping on the alternative medicine bandwagon, does not mean you have to endanger your health. Following more natural ways and tactics to cure, or heal yourself is a good thing; but you should always seek the advice of a physician beforehand. You may have unknown allergies, or weaknesses to plants that you have never come into contact with before, and that kind of error can be deadly, if you are not careful. Staying current with your personal physician can sometimes be the best way of helping yourself stay healthy. Usually, the best thing you can do is see your doctor, and you should always talk to your doctor before starting a new kind of alternative medicine, some things can cause more harm than good.