Physicians and healthcare professionals are suggesting acupuncture, tai chi, qigong and similar alternative treatments to their patients more than ever before. According to a recent survey conducted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an estimated 3 percent of Americans seek mind-body therapies at their doctors' behest.
With this in mind, people in need of pain management, mental depressurization or even drug rehabilitation are seeking out the positive environments offered in specialized yoga session.
For instance, a rehab center in Scotts Valley, California, currently offers a number of alternative therapies for people overcoming substance abuse disorders. These methods include herbal supplementation, detoxifying acupuncture, yoga and meditation.
The camp, which also offers traditional treatments, takes a holistic approach, its counselors say. This tack allows patients the benefits of the full spectrum of rehabilitation modes.
"We are moving away from the concept of taking a drug to change the way you feel, whether it is an illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drug… Our clients are really receptive to these safe, natural and non-habit-forming alternatives," said the camp's medical director Amy Solomon.