Many people living with HIV use alternative therapies. According to one source, over 70 percent of people with HIV in the United States have tried alternative treatments, and many people use them regularly.
Certain health insurance plans may cover some alternative medicines, such as chiropractic and acupuncture therapy.
While alternative treatments do not cure HIV, they may relieve symptoms and can improve a person’s quality of life. However, not all alternative medicines are safe. Some alternative treatments may have side effects or interact with medications. Always talk to a doctor or healthcare provider before trying alternative medicine.
Can Alternative Therapies Help?
Physical therapies may help improve a person’s movement, help them relax, and enhance their overall health. While other therapies, such as Reiki, aim to help restore a person’s energy flow. Like meditation, this therapy treats the whole person but does not directly target HIV.
Some healthcare providers support the use of alternative therapies to complement conventional treatment while others do not.
Alternative medicines cannot cure or stop the progression of HIV, and most of the evidence presented is anecdotal. No significant research studies support the use of any alternative therapies to directly treat symptoms of HIV.
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