Any form of medicine which falls outside the conventional health care system is known as alternative medicine.

Fed up of taking antibiotics frequently for cough and sinusitis? Then you may want to shift to Ayurvedic medicines, which takes a more holistic approach in curing your cough and cold.

Tired of skin disease, itches and eczema? Then why not try Homeopathy, which provides excellent solutions for skin diseases?

This is what alternative therapy is all about.

More on These Therapies

Unlike conventional medicine, which sees the disease as a symptom and treats it as such, alternative methods follow a more holistic approach. These therapies focus on the root of the disease rather than the disease alone.

They believe that

  • Body has the ability to heal itself.
  • The disease is the outcome of many factors like emotions, nutrition, stress, accumulation of toxins in the body etc.

So such therapies focus on numerous factors like changes in diet, detoxification program, biofeedback, meditation and breathing techniques to bring the disease under control.

Some of the popular alternative medicines practiced in India are Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Pranic healing, Reiki, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy etc.

Here is a look at some of them.


Sinusitis was a chronic disease affecting Shalini of Bangalore. Surgery, antibiotics did not give her any relief. Then she chose Ayurvedic medicine, which consisted of nasal pot, ayurvedic medicine and Nashya (drug administration through nose) which gave her tremendous relief against sinus disorder. Now she is able to control her sinus during the cold winter months, thanks to Ayurveda.