Alternative and complementary therapies have been around for ages to improve one’s mental health. There are many alternative and complementary therapies available that many people find useful. Complementary therapies are used in conjunction with conventional medicines or treatments, while alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medicines or treatments. 

Options of alternative or complementary therapies include touch-based therapy, dietary and herbal approaches, mental health therapy, and therapies based on our senses. It is important to remember that what works for some people may not work for others. 

Yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic and osteopathic medicine are considered touch-based therapies. According to Johns Hopkins; “Healing by touch is based on the idea that illness or injury in the area of the body can affect all parts of the body.” Often, with manual manipulation parts of the body can be brought back to optimum health and can heal the site of injuries or illness. 

Dietary and herbal approaches may include changes to your nutrition and diet, herbal medicine, and dietary supplements. “Nutritional excess and deficiency have become problems in today’s society, both leading to certain chronic diseases. Many dietary and herbal approaches attempt to balance the body’s nutritional well-being, according to  Johns Hopkins.

Therapies using your mind include meditation, hypnotherapy, and biofeedback. The intention of mind therapies is to connect mind and body. It has been found that people recover better if they have good mental and emotional health.  

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