Alternative Remedies: Which Is Right For You?

From cupping to rolfing, here's everything you need to know about the most common out-there treatments (11 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:19AM

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Alternative Remedies: Which Is Right For You?

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Alternative therapies are used by 36 percent of Americans and and offered as add-ons at one in four hospitals, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It's not hocus pocus!

The Concept: Use your brain to control functions that are normally involuntary (like heart rate, blood pressure, and brain waves). Jedi mind tricks?

The Benefits: The U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommends biofeedback as a first-line treatment for incontinence. It can also help treat chronic pain, anxiety, headaches, constipation, high blood pressure and even epilepsy, according to Gainesville’s University of Florida College of Nursing.

The Procedure: Electrodes are placed on your torso, scalp, fingers, wrists, or legs and monitors provide feedback about your body's internal workings. Then, a therapist teaches you psychological tricks to manipulate your innards to the right frequencies. The process often takes 10 sessions, and cost from $35 to $100 per session. Some insurers may cover the cost. The ultimate goal: to tune your body to will maladies away.

The Contact: The Association for Applied Psychology and Biofeedback.


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