Why 7 out of 10 Australians are Embracing Alternative Health Practices

March 29, 2020

Alternative therapies may be more mainstream than you think!
You may be surprised to know that 7 out of 10 Australians* used at least one form of complementary medicine last year. Why? Because it’s becoming clearer to more people that our current lifestyles just aren’t supporting good health.

Over 50% of Australians have a chronic disease*. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease are rapidly becoming the norm which is anything but normal! It’s no wonder that a growing number of people are looking for something else. People are wanting to get back to more natural therapies that can treat them holistically.

So what is Alternative Health?
“Alternative”is a very broad term, and the practices may range from fairly mainstream approaches like acupuncture and herbal medicines, to the more unusual mind-body-spirit practices like energy healing. If you hear the term alternative therapies, complementary medicine, holistic health or natural therapies, it all means the same thing. It simply means using another method of healing without the use of drugs or surgery. This doesn’t mean we have to choose between modern medicine and an alternative approach in fact it’s just the opposite. Alternative therapies have proven to be very complementary to modern medicine, for speeding up, or easing, the healing process. So why limit yourself when you can have the best of both worlds? connects you to 100s of practitioners and dozens of alternative therapies, so you can find the right person to help you embrace health and wellness.

Are you ready to create a life of wellness?
A wellness lifestyle is about living with optimal health in every aspect of your life, not just the physical. This is referred to as mind-body-spirit wellness. Our overall health is affected by our thoughts, our emotions, our relationships, our environment and our physical wellbeing. Living a wellness lifestyle means taking all these factors into account holistically, so that we can create our best life.

Most recently, COVID-19 is making people reassess their lifestyles and look for a more natural approach to living. Being forced to slow down and to stay at home has its advantages. Maybe it’s an opportunity to cook more healthy meals or plant your own garden. Time to swap some screen time for more family time. Many people are taking up a project or engaging in online personal development. And more people are out walking, exercising, deep breathing and connecting with nature.

Where do you start?
Changing your lifestyle doesn’t have to mean getting rid of all your material possessions and living on juice! But maybe it’s time to think about some small changes that you can start to make. De-clutter your environment. Improve your nutrition by eating a range of colourful vegetables. Increase your exercise and bring in a daily mindfulness practice like meditation or yoga.

Any journey is made easier with a good travelling companion. So, if you have a current ailment, simply visit and type in your condition. You will get some suggestions and be pointed to particular types of alternative practitioners who may be able to help you get started on your journey towards wellness.


* Complementary Medicines Aust (CMA) 2019

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