Over the last decade, people have begun to hear the term “complementary and alternative medicine” more often as it gains popularity in communities across the United States. Why is this? Maybe it is because people are scared of the harsh side effects that traditional treatments can cause. Maybe it is because people like to try new things when their medical issues aren’t resolved, or maybe it is even because people simply like to have options. Regardless of why complementary and alternative medicine is gaining popularity, it is, and it will continue to do so for some time.

In today’s blog, your provider of the innovative complementary and alternative treatment the NGUI-MATRIX will discuss complementary and alternative medicine, and how it is used in the United States.

First Things First, What Is It?

Before we dive into our conversation on complementary and alternative medicine, let’s first define what constitutes a complementary and alternative medicine — because most people think they know, when in reality they might be unsure. Complementary and alternative medicine can be many things, but treatments are typically less invasive and medicines are usually more natural than one would traditionally receive in a hospital setting. Below, we have listed a few of the more common complementary and alternative medicine and therapies that people in the United States utilize.

  • Acupuncture
  • Ayurveda
  • Biofeedback
  • Chelation
  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Diet-based therapy
  • Energy healing therapy
  • Homeopathic treatment
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Movement therapy
  • Naturopathy
  • Qigong/Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • Etc.

As you can tell from the above list, complementary and alternative medicines and therapies are natural and non-invasive therapies for those who are seeking treatment in a different setting than their local doctor or hospital.

How Many People In The United States Use Complementary And Alternative Medicine?

According to a 2007 Center for Disease Control and Prevention national health report, over 38.3 percent of adults and 11.8 percent of children used complementary and alternative medicine. Sure, 38 percent of Americans may not seem like a huge number, as it roughly equates to four out of every 10 people, but it accounts for a decent chunk of the American medical economy. Currently 83 million adults spend over 33.9 billion dollars a year on out of pocket complementary and alternative medical costs — and we believe that expenditure speaks for itself.  

What Are People Paying The Most For?

When it comes to complementary and alternative treatments, people tend to pay more than they would for traditional medicine. Why is this? Well, complementary and alternative medicine is typically seen as more of a luxury than a necessity, as it is an alternative to traditional treatments. Because people actively seek out alternative medicine, practitioners and clinicians that provide complementary and alternative medicines can charge more. But what do people spend the most money on?

It is no surprise that natural health supplements and other naturopathic remedies have the largest demand in the complementary and alternative health industry — grossing 15.4 billion dollars. Why is the most common form of complementary and alternative medicine health supplements and naturopathic remedies? Availability. With availability and ease of access to health supplements and remedies, people can spend their money from the comfort of their own couch by shopping online. But what about the service-based alternative therapies?

Massages and alternative treatments like Tai Chi, Qi gong, and yoga all gross around the same out of pocket costs, as massage therapy accounts for 4.2 billion dollars in expenditures and self-care and art classes account for 4.1 billion dollars in out of pocket medical costs.

What Are People Treating With Alternative Therapies And Medicine?

Complementary and alternative medicines and therapies can be used to address a wide variety of symptoms that are caused by diseases and injuries, but there are some injuries and diseases that prompt the use of alternative therapies more often than others.

To no surprise, back pain is the most common cause for Americans to seek complementary and alternative treatments, with 17.1 percent of people seeking treatment for their symptoms of back-related injuries or conditions. In fact, body pain, in general, is one of the largest causes for someone to seek alternative treatment, with another 11.1 percent of people seeking treatment for neck pain and joint pain.

Although general body pain is the leading cause for people to seek alternative medicines, there are many other reasons that someone might seek treatment. Other common conditions that can be treated with complementary and alternative medicine  are anxiety, high cholesterol, headaches, insomnia, and musculoskeletal adjustments. But is there a complementary and alternative therapy that can address all of the symptoms that we have discussed today?

Address All Of Your Medical Ailments With The NGUI-MATRIX Healthcare Technique

When you are suffering from symptoms of body pain or any other medical issue, there is nothing that you want more than for your pain to be managed. Traditionally, you might go to a doctor or urgent care, only to be given a prescription for some sort of painkiller. While it might relieve the pain or discomfort that you are experiencing, a painkiller cannot fix the root of WHY you are feeling pain.

Complementary and alternative treatments like the innovative NGUI-MATRIX are specially designed to help people eliminate, or manage, their pain in a non-invasive and natural way. By seeing a clinician that is educated in the NGUI-MATRIX health care technique, you can be provided with pain management in a quick and effective way.

If you are a clinician who is looking to expand their ability to offer complementary and alternative pain relief in your clinic we strongly suggest that you attend an upcoming medical conference discussing the innovative NGUI-MATRIX healthcare technique. Taught by its creator, Grandmaster Stanley Ngui, you will learn to implement the NGUI-MATRIX within your treatment regimen. Visit our website today to purchase a ticket.

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