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Mainstream or Alternative Health: Which is Best?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Years and years ago, what we consider today as alternative health was your only option. You’re sick? Try this random herb that we grew in the community garden. Over time, what we know as modern or mainstream health evolved. Now you can get medication at your local pharmacy or hit up your local doctor’s office for the latest and greatest in the world of medicine. But, which is better? Some people are firm believers in their doctor’s advice while others prefer the local health food store. Which option, mainstream or alternative, is the right health method for you?

What is the Mainstream Medical Approach?

This might include a whole host of treatments. Modern medications such as antibiotics, vaccinations, antivirals, and antifungals would all fall into this category. If you’ve ever been sick in your life and gotten a prescription filled, then you have taken part. Other treatments might include minor surgeries, insulin for diabetics, transplants or removals, and multiple other medical procedures.

What is Considered Alternative Health?

Alternative health is growing in popularity. It generally includes procedures that are either natural, less invasive, or some combination of both. Taking herbs or vitamins would fall into this category. Procedures and treatments such as massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care would also be considered alternative health. Some believe that the more natural the treatment, the better it is for the body, thus the boost in this kind of health and wellness.

Which is Best?

While there are those who are vehemently on one side or the other, the best approach is likely a combination of both. If you have an infection such as strep throat, staph, or some other bacteria, using modern mainstream medicine is the fastest and most effective way to stop it. On the other hand, many types of alternative health provide a preventive approach. By eating certain foods, taking certain minerals, or getting certain treatments, you may be able to ward off many kinds of illness and boost overall wellness.

Where Should I Go for Each?

For any procedure in the mainstream world, it’s important to see your local doctor. They can guide you to the right course of action for your specific body. For the alternative health world, it will all depend on your approach. Two of the most popular forms of alternative health include vitamin intake and chiropractic care. Most vitamins can be found at your local pharmacy or health food store. For quality chiropractic care, visit The Joint. At The Joint, you can use walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without the fuss. The truth is that utilizing both forms of health is good for your longevity. Start by making a plan and getting on the right path with a little help from The Joint as soon as today.

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