Alternative medicines or treatments encompass a wide range of therapies and medicinal prescriptions that are not conventional to the medical profession. Such kinds of treatments have existed for hundreds and thousands of years.
As per a Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) survey, around 48% of the UAE’s population has tried complementary and alternative medicine, of which nearly 55% were happy with the results. The UAE is one of the first countries to include alternative medicines and treatments like homoeopathy in their health insurance system.
In this write-up, we will understand more about alternative medicines/treatments, their types, overall benefits, and more.
Alternative medicine includes medicines or treatments that aim to heal an individual despite their lack of testing, evidence of effectiveness, testability, and biological plausibility. It is a category of medicines that are not widely practised by the mainstream, allopathy doctors.
In today’s scenario, such medicine practice is being widely used for treating common illnesses like depression, stress allergies, child health issues, and anxiety. The practice is gaining popularity for its focus on holistic treatment as most of the branches of this medicine focus on both internal and external systems.
In the forthcoming section, we will find out more about the types of alternative medicines.
Note: The alternative medicines covered are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.
Discussed below are the major alternative medicines types -
The following are the benefits usually associated with alternative medicines/treatments -
Gain further insights into alternative medicines by reading the following frequently asked questions section.
Ans: No, all alternative medicines are not covered under most health insurance plans provided by insurance providers. It is important to check all the terms and conditions before buying a health insurance plan.
Ans: There are no major differences in the claim process. However, you should still read the underwriting carefully before filing the claim.