Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS is a persistent and severe condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus also known as HIV. Primarily, HIV attacks the body immune system and hampers the ability of our bodies to fight organisms that cause disease.
Since the pandemic struck over thirty years, HIV/AIDS has affected and continue to affect millions of people globally. So far, millions have succumbed to HIV/AIDS while several more are infected. To date, there is no known cure for HIV/AIDS. Nonetheless, there are treatments that help control HIV and enables infected people lead healthy lives.
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the term that is used to treat HIV. ARV uses a combination of medicine to fight HIV infection. Basically, ART is not a cure but only controls the virus. In essence, this affords a person infected not only to lead a much healthier life but also live longer.
What the HIV regimen or medicines does is it thwarts HIV from reproducing, which decreases the HIV load in our bodies. Less HIV in our bodies gives our immune system a major boost to recover and fight off infections. Additionally, it reduces any chances of transmitting the virus to others.
Once you embark on the HIV regimen, there is no stopping – you take them for the rest of your entire life unless some better treatment or cure is discovered. However, alternative treatments are constantly being developed and improved. For instance, you don’t need to take loads of medicine and, what's more, those infected can easily handle the side effects.
Indeed, more and more HIV infected or positive people are turning to alternative medicine with positive results. The alternative medicine includes different types of therapy. Besides strengthening the body’s immune system and improving the lives of those that are infected by HIV, these therapies are much preferred because they offer sufferers reprieve from any side effects.
Alternative therapies combine a factor of healing processes that connect to the mind, our physical being, spiritual and emotions. One of the alternative therapy is homeopathic medicine, which uses natural substances including herbs, vitamins and minerals that are normally taken in little quantities.
On the other hand, naturopathic medicine combines natural healing forces in our bodies. This type of therapy uses the body, mind and soul to treat HIV infection.
Massage is the other alternative therapy used to treat people that have HIV infection. Massage, which concentrates on muscular and soft body tissues reduces severe pain, and relaxes the body, soul and mind. Massage also increases the circulation of the blood throughout the body and therefore, provides natural boost to the immune system
On its part, acupuncture that involves pricking the body with sharp little needles into certain body surfaces and is is known to increase energies, decrease nerve pain of those infected by the HIV.
Following the successes alternative medicines as means to treat HIV, some of these methods have since been approved and controlled by the US government.
Notwithstanding the fact that anti-retroviral therapies are giving those that are infected by HIV a second chance, the also may cause side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal cholesterol levels and higher blood sugar levels. Other side effects are heart diseases, weakened bones or bone loss and the breakdown of muscle tissue.