The National Institutes of Health gave almost $520 million to the complementary and alternative medicine field in 2010. Included in government-sponsored trials were potential HIV therapies such as acupuncture, yoga and reiki.
Yoga & massage to reduce pain
HIV patients deal with chronic pain; sometimes it can be debilitating. It is easy to turn to painkillers to help the pain, but these can lead to even more problems like dependency. Yoga and massage are natural alternatives that can be used to reduce pain. Massage helps relax the muscles and can help decrease joint and muscle pain. Massage is also a great mental relaxer as well.
Yoga can help improve overall health and peace of mind. Yoga positions and stretches can help mobilize the body and at the same time reduce tension areas.
- Eat foods rich in B-vitamins, calcium, iron. Common foods that have high amounts of these vitamins and minerals include almonds, beans, whole grains, spinach and kale, and seaweeds.
- Antioxidant-rich food such as blueberries, cherries, bell peppers and squash.
- Take fish oil to help reduce inflammation and promote the immune system.
- Consider probiotic supplements as they help support gastrointestinal and immune health. Eating fermented foods every day is another way to get lots of probiotics into your diet.
- Green tea has antioxidant and immune-strengthening benefits- enjoy some daily.
- Maitake mushrooms also have immune-boosting and antiviral effects. Another way to take the mushrooms is in the form of an extract, which you can find at a local health-food store.
Acupuncture is used to help alleviate common symptoms of HIV like fatigue, insomnia and nausea. There are almost no side effects to acupuncture and it is completely natural. Acupuncture can also help with pain management, anxiety, depression, and other stress caused by having HIV.