It is estimated that Americans spend more than $10 billion a year on alternative therapies. What has this trend caused?

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Alternative therapies are meant to supplement conventional medical treatments. The rise of alternative therapies has opened doors for medical professionals to expand their medical practices to include both conventional medical and alternative therapies. Alternative therapies are beneficial for patients seeking the best of both conventional and non-conventional methods to help save cost and to combat the frustration of failed medical treatments and those that want to calm the counter-effects of chemotherapy with less invasive medications.

This alternative therapy trend has also increased opportunities for natural/alternative therapy such as Naturopathy, Holistic and Wellness Coaching. Several popular forms of alternative therapy include Reiki, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Yoga and Herbalism. There are more alternative therapies, but I have listed the low cost alternatives that also promote mind, body and spirit therapeutic treatments.