Alternative medicine

What is Alternative Medicine? – Lancashire Business View

First, let me say this – alternative medicine is another way of thinking, not an alternative to seeing your doctor!

Now I know that if you look up the term “alternative medicine” in the dictionary, he probably won’t say that. It will reflect the common belief that alternative medicine is a set of therapies, techniques and practices that are used in place of conventional medicine.

For some people they are. But they don’t have to be. And that’s not how I see them. Especially when you have a long-term chronic disease such as endometriosis.

I have worked with many people over the years, from people with minor injuries and illnesses to those with chronic and terminal illnesses. These days, I specialize in endometriosis because that’s where my heart and soul rest. I myself have endometriosis and am passionate about the role that alternative medicine can play in this healing journey.

It doesn’t have to be one or the other.

I learned a long time ago that alternative medicine can work very well with conventional medicine, especially when the conventional medicine you are following is particularly harsh or cannot help you with all of your symptoms. (You may have also heard the term ‘complementary therapies » – this refers to the same range of treatments but using them in a way that supports orthodox medicine.)

To a lot of people they see what I do as dangerous and irresponsible because they feel like I’m trying to persuade people to move away from conventional medicine or preach the old evangelical pastor way. of street that My Way is the Only Way.

This is not the case.

I mean, it can be if you want it to be, but it’s up to your personal choice and to make an informed choice you need to know all the facts: the limitations and benefits of all the treatment options you have.

Many people think that alternative medicine is only for people without symptoms. Or that the more chronic your illness, the less alternative medicine you need.

The problem is that when you have a chronic illness, your body goes through so much that it can struggle to cope with the normal processes of life. The emotional and physical strain of the disease as well as the medications or surgery you undergo can be debilitating in themselves. And this is especially where alternative medicine can help.

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Alternative medicine can help you on as many levels as you want.


At its most basic, it can help you relax, manage pain, and sleep better. Sleep itself is one of the two greatest kindnesses we can give our bodies. It’s our natural way of rejuvenating and re-energizing our physical and emotional bodies, which is why sleep deprivation affects us so much and why we feel so much better after a good night’s sleep.

Alternative medicine works great with our natural rhythms to calm us down in ways we don’t even notice. (More on this in future articles!)

Heal yourself

Perhaps the most fundamental belief in this alternative view of medicine is that our body, when everything is working well and in synergy, has the ability to heal itself.

We see this every day at a basic level. We cut a finger while opening a tin can and most of the time within a day a scab has formed and the skin underneath is already well on its way to healing and repairing.

The theory of alternative medicine is that this can be perpetuated on a larger scale, so we can use alternative medicine to promote this natural healing.

When you have a chronic condition like endometriosis, of course, it’s not that simple. But we can use these different techniques to maximize our natural resilience and maximize our ability to recover from intense and invasive conventional treatments. We can also delay our need for these intensive treatments if we know which alternative medicines to use.


So many of the problems we face can be attributed to stress, anxiety, and tension. Even when you have a chronic illness, it’s amazing how many of the symptoms are actually due to a secondary issue, like anxiety or depression. This is where alternative medicine comes into its own.

One of the most common reasons people give for using alternative medicine is to simply feel a little more relaxed. Sometimes just taking an hour for a message, a meditation session, or a gong bath (seriously – try it!) can feel like a week’s vacation. And who doesn’t love that feeling!

There are so many techniques that aim to relax and calm you down that you are spoiled for choice. Over the next few weeks I will be writing more about some of the different therapies that are out there, but the best advice I can give you is to try what appeals to you.

Other things

There are so many different therapies that fall under alternative medicine that it’s impossible to list all the benefits – but here are the most common:

  • reduce pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Balance your natural rhythms and systems.

A nonsense to cut

I’ve lost count of how many times people have doubted what I do because they’ve met people who think alternative medicine is just people like me telling them things like “breathe through the pain and everything will be fine”. , “just cut out dairy and your endometriosis will be better in 3 months” or “a morning juice and yoga routine will fix your endometriosis.”

There are grains of truth in these things, but it’s not that simple. After all, if that were the case, we would all be healthy and happy all the time.

Proper breathing technique can help you manage your pain with incredible results, but it must be done correctly and we must get to the heart of what is causing you pain.

A good diet is essential to be as good as possible, but restrictions must be made with proper (qualified) advice, as cutting out vital nutrients will do more harm than good. Also, everyone’s endometriosis is different, so for some people wheat could be a trigger, for others that trigger could be onions and for some it’s stress and anxiety that cause the IBS-like symptoms.

A positive morning routine can set you up for the day ahead, and yoga and juicing can have a place in any routine. But it’s really a personal thing and if you’re in pain or so tired you can barely get up, then trying to do a daily Downward Dog will only add more pain, frustration and despair.

We need to take a coordinated approach to dealing with endometriosis; an approach that examines all areas of your life and addresses all of your endo triggers (and causes, once we know them.)

Don’t expect too much too soon

You see, that’s the thing. Some alternative therapies won’t work as well for you as others, just as some medications work better than others. The style of the therapist may play a role. The expectations you have before the treatment session also play a huge role.

Stories about the power of alternative medicine can be mind-blowing, and it can lead people to think they’re going to come out of their first session feeling amazing.

If you’re considering trying alternative medicine, talk to your therapist first. Talk to them about realistic goals and what the journey to that goal will look like. Talk about deadlines. Treat it as you would medical treatment.

Of course, if all you want to do is use alternative medicine to rest and relax, those conversations won’t take long. But still worth having them. Because as we all give you a clearer idea of ​​which therapy you are signing up for, it also gives you a good idea of ​​which therapist you are signing up for. If you don’t both gel, chances are it won’t give you the results you’re looking for.


So if you’re someone who’s tried some of these empty promises, these quick-heal plans, try if you can to look past the disappointment that it didn’t work for you (because I guess that it didn’t work). Reset your view of alternative medicine. Think of it as another way to look at your health and start your journey with it again.

If you’re totally new to this world but want to give it a try, take the time to find out what options are available to you. Speak to your GP/consultant. Talk to your friends. Talk to me! A good therapist will offer to talk to you and be open and honest about what they think you need. And they won’t hesitate to recommend other people if they think it’s a better fit for you.

About your author

Sarah has run her own alternative therapy business ‘Halcyon’ since 2008, initially alongside a 9-to-5 career in health and social service delivery and charity management.

She has worked full-time at Halcyon since 2018 and is now recognized as “Your Natural Endometriosis Expert” – helping people with endometriosis delay, prevent or recover well from surgery. Although she still helps others struggling with chronic and terminal illness. You can find out more about his company at