You consider yourself an openminded gal. You’ve tried yoga, you drink green tea, and you’re all about Meatless Mondays. But one area you may still be a bit of a skeptic? The murky realm of integrative and energy medicine.
Not only are many of the treatments themselves confusing—Wait, my chi does what to where?—but it can be hard to discern what works and what doesn’t, too. “Many people still assume that there’s very little scientific evidence regarding complimentary and alternative medicine therapies,” says Daniel Friedland, MD, who specializes in internal medicine and is co-creator of SpaEvidence.com, a website that links dozens of spa/wellness therapies with hard scientific evidence. Yet the studies speak for themselves: Many of these approaches can have an enormous positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
Here, 20 alternative therapies—demystified.