As health care costs skyrocket, patients in the developed world are looking overseas for medical treatment. Asian countries are capitalizing on its low costs and highly trained doctors to appeal to these ‘‘medical tourists.’’ Even with airfare, the cost of going to those countries for surgery can be markedly cheaper, and the quality of services is often better than that found in the United States and UK. Tourists are expected to be about relaxation, release pressure and an increase in well-being and even health. So, there’s a rise in cultural medical tourism and notions of tourism also being a learning experience, such learning too is expected to be relaxing and quite different from typical memories. Some of the earliest forms of cultural tourism were directly aimed at increased health and well-being: for example, the numerous spas. Now they expect something more than a spa and yoga session.
And also even wealthy patients reverse the pattern of traveling from rich world centers, such as Harley Street in London (but where tourism was not involved) towards the cultural medical tourism destinations. It becomes clear that there’s a huge trend towards the holistic and cultural medical tourism. Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, China and Philippines are the suggestions from TrvaelAdvo in wonderful continent Asia.
1. Ayurvedic Medicine in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, they use the term of Ayurveda for cultural medicine industry. In Ayurveda, it focuses in three basic factors of the treatments, the nutrition and the attitude of the patient. Those are the exact wants of medical tourists who expect from a cultural medical tourism destination. It addresses for the acene, allergies, ankylosis, arthritis, asthma, burn out, underweight, catarrh cholesterol level chronic cold bronchitis diabetes, digestion, eczema (facial-)-paralysis gallstones, gastritis gout, headache, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, kidney diseases, liver diseases, low blood pressure, memory decrease, menopause syndrom migraine, muscle spanning, neurodermatitis obesity, overweight, permanent exhaustion, sciatica, sinusitis, skin diseases, sleep disturbances and many more common and uncommon diseases. It also provides mind relaxation methods like Yoga, meditation, special massage types and other respiration control therapies as their treatments.
2. Healing Traditions in India
Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani are the major systems in Indian traditional medicines. Indians believe that the meaning of Ayurveda is “Science of Life” and further consider that positive health means metabolically well balanced human beings. The importance of Ayurveda is that it’s not a “magic bullet” or a “One man show”, because, it requires the participation of both patient and therapist. India is naturally rich in herbal plants and other Ayurvedic medicinal production. Kerala, Uttarakand, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are popular and ancient destinations for cultural medical tourism in India.
3. Thailand, The Land of Hospitality
Thailand is a country full of stunning tourist attraction destinations. And also it is very famous for unforgettable spa experiences. One more important factor is Thailand is one of the best medical tourism destinations in Asia. Traditional Thai medicines are great for the healing process of blood pressure, office syndrome, urban stress and many. The treatment process is always connected with spa sessions which make it feel as a holiday experience rather than a medical treatment.
4. China – Traditional Chinese Medicines
Chinese traditional medicines are very famous throughout the world. Through Jackie Chang movies like “Karate Kid”, Chinese traditional medicines became very popular. The practices like Acupuncture, Tai Chi, Cupping Theory and Chinese herbal products help to improve quality of life and certain pain conditions. They stimulate the release of the body’s natural painkillers and affects area in the brain which process the pain. Low-back pain, neck pain, Osteoarthritis/knee pain and carpal tunnel syndrome are some of pains effective at. Also those are effective for reducing the frequency of headaches, migraine headaches and throat problems.
5. The Ancient Medicines in Philippines
Philippines’ traditional medicines have a long history. The practitioners like Hilot, Tawas, Albularyo and faith healers are now using the ancient practices to heal the diseases. There are more valuable herbal plants which are used in traditional practices and some of them are exclusively grown in Philippines only. Akapulko (Cassia alata), Ampalaya (Momordica charantina), Bayabas (Psidium guajava) and Lagundi (Vitex negundo) are some of them.
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