Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Ready to try something new?

Ready to try something new? Be sure to use care when exploring alternative and complementary medical treatments. Professional organizations offer many practitioners training and certification, but some service providers might not be up to snuff. Speak with your health care professional about options and referrals.

Get connected! Mind-body medicine is just what it sounds like: a health practice that examines - and takes advantage of - the connection between mind and body

Get connected! Mind-body medicine is just what it sounds like: a health practice that examines - and takes advantage of - the connection between mind and body. Through practices like biofeedback, relaxation methods, cognitive behavioral therapy and more, health care providers teach patients how to find those connections and use them to heal.

Prayer as medicine: A recent survey shows that many people believe in the power of prayer and other forms of spirituality to help heal

Prayer as medicine: A recent survey shows that many people believe in the power of prayer and other forms of spirituality to help heal. They may pray for themselves, participate in prayer circles, or ask others to pray for them.

Ah, the healing power of yogurt

Ah, the healing power of yogurt. Actually, it's what's hiding in yogurt that can heal: a naturally occurring ingredient called acidophilus. This probiotic helps regulate digestion and prevent (or treat) yeast infections. Not a yogurt fan? You can purchase powders, capsules and other forms of acidophilus to supplement your diet.

Biofeedback may sound a little bizarre, but it's actually a proven treatment for many chronic pain conditions and other ailments

Biofeedback may sound a little bizarre, but it's actually a proven treatment for many chronic pain conditions and other ailments. In training, you'll learn about mind-body connections and how to use them to control your breathing, circulation, muscle tension and relaxation and more, all so you have the skills to care for yourself whenever possible.

Baking soda: not just for the kitchen anymore

Baking soda: not just for the kitchen anymore. For super-clean, brighter-looking teeth, try dipping a wet toothbrush in baking soda and brushing as usual. Remove rough skin on your elbows and feet by rubbing with a baking soda/water paste. And get smoother hair by adding a small amount to your regular shampoo.

Receiving a massage is not only a great way to relax; it's also a proven treatment for pain, both acute and chronic

Receiving a massage is not only a great way to relax; it's also a proven treatment for pain, both acute and chronic. There are many kinds of massage, including Swedish massage (one of the most common), prenatal (for expectant mothers), and Shiatsu (a Japanese style that aims to rebalance the body).

Don't be squeamish about needles; you'll miss out on one of the most ancient Chinese health treatments: acupuncture

Don't be squeamish about needles; you'll miss out on one of the most ancient Chinese health treatments: acupuncture. Needles are inserted into the skin and may be manipulated, with the goal of regulating the flow of chi (or life force) through the body. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat back pain, headaches, other chronic pains - and as a smoking cessation aid.

Looking for a low-impact way to stretch, strengthen and improve your balance?

Looking for a low-impact way to stretch, strengthen and improve your balance? Pilates might be right for you. The method requires little or no equipment, and core strengthening is emphasized; deep, regulated breathing also helps yield improved circulation and lung capacity.

Even without a green thumb, you can still grow a natural burn treatment right on your kitchen counter

Even without a green thumb, you can still grow a natural burn treatment right on your kitchen counter. The aloe vera plant is a succulent that thrives in warm weather and is generally hardy in any indoor climate. To treat a burn, simply snip off a piece of one of the leaves of the plant and squeeze its liquid onto the affected area.