Natural Health Alternatives--
Malady to Treatment Chart

My son just asked me what this page was about. "Malady to Treatment"? Guess that could use a bit of explanation. "It's a cross reference, in chart form, for the natural health alternatives for about 20 different maladies," I replied.

"Do you tell them what to do?" he asked. (An insightful teenager, eh?)

"No," I admitted, "I'm passing on the answers I find in my research. For instance, if you're suffering from the malady called anxiety, there's about six different things besides a drug from your doctor--like yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, music imagery, tai chi, meditation, the essential oil from the geranium plant, and the herbs chamomile and St. John's Wort." (Oops! That's more than six, isn't it?)

So, here's the chart. I expect it to grow as I continue to find new options for treatment of common maladies.

Malady to Treatment Chart

Anxiety herbs: chamomile, St. John's wort; essential oils: geranium; acupuncture; music imagery; massage
Arthritis acupuncture; dietary supplements: glucosamine and chondroitin, SAMe; herb: devil's claw
Canceracupuncture; aromatherapy; biofeedback, exercise; hypnosis; macrobiotic diet and flax seed; massage therapy, meditation; music therapy; relaxation techniques; tai chi; yoga

Since cancer is such a common malady these days, here's another page with additional information...a short paragraph, usually...on most of the alternative medicine options.

Cancer Treatment Details

massage, music, relaxation therapies; exercise and nutrition
acupuncture, aromatherapy, ayurveda, chiropractic, feldenkrais, homeopathy, massage, naturopathy, reflexology, reiki, qigong, tai chi, yoga
low back pain
chiropractic treatment, exercise (Both found effective by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine)
nutrition; supplements and products: artichoke extract, barley, beta-sitosterol, blond psyllium, garlic extract, oat bran, and sitostanol
aromatherapy oils: juniper, rosemary; exercise; massage; chiropractic care
Coughs, cold or fluhomeopathy; aromatherapy oils: benzoin, bergamot (cold sores), eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, sandalwood, thyme
DepressionMayo Clinic offers these self-help strategies: exercise, nutrition, adequate sleep, journaling, relaxation techniques--such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, guided imagery and spirituality--identify what brings you inner peace: inspirational writings, worship, prayer or meditation, art, music or spending time outdoors. NCCAM studies: acupuncture, massage, spirituality, St. John's wort, high intensity light therapy, music imagery. Homeopathy; aromatherapy oils: clary sage, lavender, marjoram, neroli (orange blossom), rose, ylang-ylang

Remember, specific how-to information about delivery methods of aromatherapy oils can be found at Aromatherapy

From Malady page to travel aromatherapy page.

or Winter Travel aromatherapy.

general or
deep-breathing and muscle-relaxation techniques, massage and healing touch, acupuncture, and movement therapies such as stretching, yoga and tai chi. (These can benefit people with chronic fatigue syndrome by reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of well-being.) Aromatherapy: peppermint oil. Also helpful for mental fatigue.
Fibromyalgiaacupuncture, aromatherapy, ayurveda, chiropractic, feldenkrais, homeopathy, massage, naturopathy, reflexology, reiki, qigong, tai chi, yoga; exercise: low- to moderate-intensity aerobics, strength training, and stretching.
Fluid retentionAromatherapy oil: fennel
GoutVitamin C; cherries; celery; increasing liquids; devil's claw; quercetin; diet; folate; olive leaf
HayfeverAromatherapy oil: hyssop
High Blood PressureChi Gung form of Tai Chi; Aromatherapy
Insomniayoga, homeopathy, melatonin, valerian; aromatherapy oils: chamomile, marjoram, rose
Joints -
stiff, aching
Aromatherapy oils: benzoin, chamomile, sage, and vetivert
Memory - poorAromatherapy oils: petigrain and rosemary
Migraine and
tension-type headaches
Ananda yoga, chiropractic care, homeopathy, relaxation techniques, biofeedback; vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and the herb feverfew; aromatherapy oils: lavender, peppermint


The alternative treatments above are often used for headaches that have begun already. To prevent tension-type headaches, you may want to try
  • neck muscle stretches
  • relaxation techniques
  • scalp massage

For a page including info and tools for migraine and tension-type headaches, see Headache Page.

Nausea/vomitingacupuncture; Aromatherapy oils: fennel, lavender, sandalwood
Aromatherapy oils: benzoin, jasmine, sage
(Note: sage is toxic in high doses; use with care or supervision.)
PsoriasisYoga, progressive relaxation, omega 3s; Vitamins B, C, and D; fresh or flash-frozen berries
Rheumatismhomeopathy; aromatherapy oils: hyssop, sage
dry and mature
or itchy/dermatitis
homeopathy; Aromatherapy oils: (dry) jasmine, benzoin, rose (in a carrier oil of almond)
(itchy) benzoin, chamomile, geranium, sandalwood
Sore throatAromatherapy oils: clary sage, geranium, lavender, thyme
Stress/TensionChi gung (also spelled Qigong) form of Tai Chi; aromatherapy oils: juniper, petigrain, sandalwood, vetivert, verbena, ylang-ylang; diet: limiting sodium, alcohol, tobacco products, caffeine and saturated fat; deep breathing; meditation; yoga; massage; weight loss that results in less than 40 inch waistline for men and 35 inches for women.
To learn more about the Qigong form of T'ai Chi, follow this link.

Effective Alternative Treatments
Discovered all the Time!

Studies by Mayo Clinic and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine continue even as you read this. With over 60% of Americans using health alternatives in addition to traditional, conventional methods, the scientists and doctors are very interested in what works.

Here's a short list of sources for the charts above:

  • Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program
  • Aromatherapy by Julie Sadler
  • Healing Therapies for Headache Relief by Peter Van Houten, M.D. & Rich McCord, Ph.D. © 2003
  • “Body and Soul” magazine, October 2007
  • Homeopathy for Women by Dr. Barry Rose and Dr. Christina Schott-Moncrieff
  • NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine—a division of the National Institutes of Health) completed studies found at:
  • Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and CFS by Mari Skelly and Helen Walker, (c) 2006

As I continue to do research, I update this chart...

just today, (October 24th), I added two new medical issues: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia...

...and the chart "Therapy to Benefits"--which lists alternative therapies and their correlating health benefits. To go there from Malady to Treatment, see

Therapy to Benefits.

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