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Amy Cook, Thrive Global

March 14, 2017

When was the last time you felt great? Like, feeling blissful, pain-free, and energized? Sadly, too many of us are living with pain or disease with no easy solutions for recovery in sight.

Fortunately, the rise of holistic health has provided encouraging options for alternative care when traditional methods have been unsuccessful. Although practiced for thousands of years, holistic medicine is only now being accepted into mainstream medical practices to relieve pain and even cure disease.

new federal report shows that Americans spend about $30 billion a year on complementary health approaches. “Sixty million Americans spend money of them each year,” Alexandra Sifferlin, Time health contributor, says. And 4.1 million children have used some type of complementary medicine. These include methods such as acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, chelation therapy, massage, and mind-body therapies, among others.

Here are four popular holistic methods that can work alongside traditional medicine to give you the extra healing power you need.

1. Aromatherapy

Essential oils have been used as healing agents for thousands of years. Depending on the type of oil, users can treat everything from depression and anxiety to a bladder infection. A study published by the American Journal of Critical Care claims that when using essential oils, researchers found “significantly reduced anxiety or stress” in patients. But scientists also indicated further testing was needed to be conclusive on the results.

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