Alternative medicine and why it’s becoming so popular


More and more Australians are turning to alternative and complementary medicine to treat chronic ailments rather than reaching for prescriptions and pill bottles. The 2018 report from Complementary Medicines Australia confirmed that 8.1 million Australians are regular consumers of alternative medicine, with further growth projected.

Australian women in particular have embraced Chinese medicine as a preferred alternative healthcare option. A one-year study conducted by the University of Technology in Sydney found that of its 17,000 participants, 1 in 10 women aged 34-39 years and approximately 1 in 16 women aged 62-67 years used acupuncture.

The most common health concerns drawing women to Chinese medicine were endometriosis, chronic fatigue and arthritis.

At Balance, we’ve talked to a number of special guests about alternative medicine, how and when to use it.

In the first video of this series (embeded above)  Deborah talks to Priscylla from Olivia Newton John’s Gaia Health Retreat and Spa about alternative medicine therapies, including ayurvedic medicine, which is a Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India and a form of alternative medicine.

In summary, Priscylla says:

  • Ayurvedic is about living with the rhythm of life
  • Exercise is better of a morning
  • Eating with the seasons improves your health
  • Everyone has a unique constitution and we need to understand what ours is and how it works with nature
  • Many people are having digestive issues as a result of stress
  • Feeling tired and lethargic is not necessarily a result of eating too much but an imbalance in the body; and
  • Cramps, moodiness and lethargy are not necessarily “mandatory” for your menstruation and may indicate an imbalance.

In this next video Cassandra – another therapist at GAIA talks about Chinese Medicine.


Naturopaths can also offer an alternative approach to western medicine and focus on improving your health through diet. Find out more with Dr Sandra Villella in the next video


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Balance Team

This article was written by the brains trust of Balance . We are a talented team of writers and contributors with real life experience and a passion for finding balance.


  1. Time2Heal

    November 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm


    This is really interesting – alternative medicines, including exercises and good nutrient is of course important ingredients to a balance life. However, the challenge is how do you deal with illnesses, emotional stress, afflictions, etc.

    Checking in on yourself is key – my remedy to afflictions is meditation and healing yourself is also important. When you can heal yourself you can heal others, which I have successfully applied by practising Reconnective Healing not only to myself but also on others.

    Best wishes for a healthy and balanced body.

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