More and more people these days are seeking out natural therapies to improve their overall health, increase their energy levels or as an alternative to mainstream medicine for illness.
Because they are not usually subsidised by Medicare, natural therapies can be costly and if you are seeking treatment on an ongoing basis or for a chronic medical condition, you may end up paying out a small fortune.
In recent years natural therapies have become more widely publicised, which has resulted in a higher level of acceptance in Australia. This is great news for anyone who wants to make use of natural therapies as an alternative to more mainstream medicine, as some natural therapies can now be claimed through private health insurance.
Depending on your level of cover and what’s included on your individual policy, you may be able to claim back some of your costs when you see a natural or alternative therapist.
If it’s been a while since you’ve checked in with your health insurer, it may be worth seeing what they have to offer in terms of extras cover for natural therapies. You might be pleasantly surprised at the range of natural and alternative therapies you can claim for.
Here are five alternative therapies that are most commonly covered by health funds.
Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in China and is now used all over the world to help alleviate pain and treat a number of health conditions. It involves stimulating certain pressure points on the body using a needle that goes in just underneath the skin. The philosophy behind acupuncture works on the belief that disease is called by disruptions to the energy flow throughout the body. Acupuncture is claimed to release this energy and restore its natural flow.
Reflexology encompasses the stimulation of certain pressure points on the feet to treat a wide range of different medical conditions from asthma to anxiety. The idea behind reflexology is that each part of the foot corresponds to an organ or system of the body. Applying pressure to the relevant area is believed to help promote healing and wellness in that area of the body.
A well-known alternative therapy that has been around for over 200 years, homeopathy applies the principle that the body can heal itself.. The idea is that if you get a minute dose of the substance that is making you ill, or that invokes the same symptoms you are experiencing, your body will learn to fight it by itself. Homeopathic medicines use a tiny amount of an active ingredient administered in a pill or liquid form. This is intended to stimulate your body’s natural healing processes.
Massage therapy promotes the power of touch to help people relax and also to help treat muscular issues, stress and tension. By manipulating the soft tissue, a massage therapist can improve circulation, which in turn enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells, promoting healing. Massage is also believed to release chemicals like serotonin that cause relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing, making it a common treatment for anxiety and depression.
Naturopathic treatment involves using traditional healing methods combined with scientific principles to help alleviate a huge range of different illnesses and health issues. Naturopathy can also include other forms of natural therapy like acupuncture and homeopathy.
Whether you’re familiar with natural therapies or you’ve never tried them but are curious to give them a shot, being able to claim them on your health fund can make a big difference to how affordable they are to you.
Not all health insurers give you the same level of cover for natural therapies so if you are interested, it’s well worth looking around and comparing different funds and products to find out where you can get the best level of cover for the particular therapy you’re interested in.
For more info or to get a quote head to https://choosewell.com.au/
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