Drug prices are rising faster than they have in years, according to the New York Times. With the increasing amount of unemployed and uninsured people in the U.S. some advocates for holistic health are making a case for the increasing importance of preventing and treating illness and injuries through yoga, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.
Romina Daniela Rodriguez-Crosta, a yoga teacher at Third Root Community Health Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn said that right now, our current health care model is focused on getting people into hospitals and making sure they can pay for their medicine, instead of treating the root causes of illness. She said, if holistic medicine was made more accessible to everyone, no matter what their financial income is (which is what Third Root tries to do through offering scholarships and a sliding fee scale to clients based on their annual income) we would have fewer sick people and an overall healthier society, and in turn a lower cost healthcare system.
Clients of Third Root attest to the fact that they have saved both money and time in turning to holistic methods of healing in addition to, or in place of, their regular healthcare regimen.
Sarah Alcoff, 42, said that she avoided an expensive and invasive surgery she was told she needed in order to treat two herniated disks by doing yoga at Third Root. She has also managed migraine headaches through acupuncture.
Stephen Switzer, 27, said that he too, has turned to using herbs almost entirely in place of other prescription drugs to manage anxiety. This has been more cost effective, he explained because herbs are generally cheaper than other western medicines, and if you know what you are doing, you can grow them which is a sustainable and inexpensive way of treating oneself. However, he advised, that self medicating with herbs needs to be done in conjunction with thorough education. There are very wrong ways to use herbs, he said. But, if they are used correctly, the benefits far outweigh the risks of ingesting other medicines.
What do you think? Do you think that holistic modes of healing are more cost effective than going to a regular doctor or taking prescription drugs? Please take the survey below and tell us about your experience with using the treatments discussed earlier to prevent or recover from illness and injuries.