Many people may want to try holistic medicine treatments instead of what their doctor is prescribing; but for some, alternative medicine is unaffordable. While insurance companies will pay for some alternative treatments such as acupuncture, those looking to take herbal supplements instead of medication will typically find themselves paying out of their own pocket.
The New York Times recently published an article on using fish oil capsules to relieve arthritis pain, a low-cost option when compared to the price of prescription pain relievers.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information recently published a story showing CAM therapies (complementary and alternative medicine) that may be considered cost-effective compared to usual care for various conditions: acupuncture for migraine, manual therapy for neck pain, spa therapy for Parkinson’s and more.
According to the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, studies done in Psychosomatic Medicine and The American Journal of Managed Care show the cost benefits of alternative treatment. The studies found that the practice of Transcendental Meditation lowered health insurance utilization, hospital inpatient days, hospital admissions and hospital outpatient visits for all categories of disease studied.