Alternative and Complementary Treatments

In general, the term “alternative therapy” refers to any health treatment not standard in Western medical practice. When used alongside standard medical practices, alternative approaches are referred to as “complementary” medicine.

Complementary and alternative therapies are difficult to define, largely because the field is so diverse. It could encompass chiropractic, we have created an entire section on this.

Cannabinoid Therapy

The second highest alternative and complementary treatment tried we have also created an entire section about this. Note that there is a pharmaceutical option for cannabidiol (pharmaceutical section of this website.


1 Russell J, Rovere A, eds. (2009). "Craniosacral Therapy". American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies (2nd ed.). American Cancer Society. pp. 187–189. ISBN 9780944235713.


Medicinal herbology is the use of natural herbs, plants, and botanical knowledge to medically treat individuals. This practice includes using fresh plants, extracts or spices, herbs, and other naturally found growing elements across the world. Someone who practices herbalogy is an herbalist. Ayurvedic medicine generally uses herbs in their protocols. Ayurvedic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine of India and seeks to treat and integrate body, mind, and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach especially by emphasizing diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy

Essential Oils


  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Dill
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Ho Leaf (Camphor)
  • Hyssop
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savin
  • Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) [DO NOT confuse it with normal lavender – which is Lavandula angustifolia]
  • Tansy
  • Thuja
  • Turpentine
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow


  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Copaiba
  • Frankincense
  • Holy Basil
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Ylang Ylang

The benefits of alternative therapies are debated. More research is needed to determine the efficacy of nearly all of these practices, but that hasn’t stopped people from seeking them out.

In closing, the field of alternative medicine is vast. If it seems like new therapies and studies are cropping up all the time, it’s because they are. It’s an evolving area and more research in all of these therapies is needed. That said, integrating some of these into your loved one’s routine may have solid benefits to their health. There’s a reason some of these have been around for thousands of years, after all.

The bottom line is this: We believe in doing what works, as long as you’ve consulted with a doctor or practitioner you can rely on. You may need a combination of Western medicine and complementary therapies to heal. As always, do your research and listen to your child’s body – no one knows it better than you do.


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