There are plenty of good reasons to make use of ancient remedies for ailments, not the least of which is a positive effect on the wallet.
Health care costs have been rising precipitously, becoming a big part of many individual budgets. Not surprisingly, many are turning to the wisdom of the past for answers to a number of modern medical problems.
Specifically, here are five ways that caveman medical strategies can save you money.
Heartburn: If you suffer from frequent heartburn, one easy step is to check your diet to see what exacerbates the symptoms. If they continue to persist, there are plenty of natural remedies that eliminate the need to constantly pop antacids like they’re breath mints. Many find that chamomile tea, for example, can help ease symptoms of reflux and heartburn. Just think—your grandmother and aunts were right when they swore by that as a digestive aid. Fennell and licorice root also have positive effects for many.
Stress: Blame stress in part on our ancestors, since the fight-or-flight response is predicated on the mechanisms that saved cavemen lives when faced with predators. But to combat those effects, there’s an alternative that takes techniques from that same era and avoids costly modern stress-relieving treatments: Relax. Living like a caveman involves attuning your body to the season and climate, and avoiding harsh indoor lighting or dynamic video games and TV programs that keep people awake and prevent them from unwinding and getting a good night’s sleep after a long day.
Depression: Many find that depression can be eased or treated with caveman medical strategies. St. John’s Wort raises the brain’s level of Serotonin, and many herbs have been shown to help reduce anxiety. Experiment to see what works best for an individual, but also make sure that whatever other drugs being taken won’t have negative side effects. For example, St. John’s Wort and Prozac don’t always work together, since both are designed to do much of the same thing and can provide too much of a good thing when paired.
Chronic Ailments: For many ongoing health conditions, from allergies to hypertension to hemorrhoids, caveman medical strategies can provide a more natural and less costly alternative to pharmaceuticals. So many modern drugs are based on ancient remedies anyway; going back to the natural source can be better for your body and easier on your budget as well. Different ailments may respond to different natural herbs and remedies, and many can be acquired locally. Any good herbal remedy store can help here.
Weight Loss: The basics of the caveman lifestyle include the healthy Paleo diet. It can help reduce risk factors that come from obesity, a condition that’s exacerbated by the sedentary pace of modern life and the unhealthy, processed food that too many of us eat. Not being overweight saves money otherwise spent on weight-loss efforts, and less money treating the medical conditions that it causes, while avoiding the pitfalls associated with the modern Western diet.
Alfablue, February 2012