MadameNoire Featured Video Acupuncturist inserting a needle into a client’s back. This traditional Chinese practice uses needles to restore an energy flow through specific points on the skin. It is used to relieve pain and to treat a wide range of disorders. Modern Western medicine explains the pain-relieving effects by suggesting that the needles stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.

If you think your friend who always has an appointment with this apothecary, that acupuncturist, or this homeopathic doctor is a bit eccentric, think again—holistic medicine has been around since, conceivably, the beginning of time. We haven’t always had the chemicals and machines we have today to make modern medicine. For a long time, human beings had to take a holistic approach to their health because it was the only option they had. That’s not to say modern medicine isn’t important—I mean, it’s obviously fabulous and has improved the quality of life as well as saved the lives of many. But, because modern medicine appears to be able to provide quick fixes to so many things, many of us have gotten in the habit of turning to it for non-dire problems, when the answer may be in something that doesn’t come in a vial. Here is why you should consult with a holistic doctor, at least once.

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There’s such thing as too much medication

If there comes a point when you can’t even remember, off the top of your head, how many medications you’re on, it may be time to see a holistic doctor. There is such thing as taking too much medication. How many chemicals do you really want streaming through your blood? While some conditions must, of course, be treated with prescriptions, many don’t have to be—we just need to be patient enough to find the root of the issue.

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