Do you believe in treatment using herbs (not marijuana) and acupuncture? I was actually surprised at how many people don't buy this stuff. I've personally gone through both of these treatments and they've all worked out well for me. My mom, unless it was a vaccine or something, always went to the local Chinese herb shop to cure most illnesses. I used to have some problems with my intestines not being able to absorb nutrients efficiently, and the lady made me a herb mixture which my mom had to sit and brew for hours. Lo and behold, I started gaining noticeable weight and had healthier looking appearance several weeks later. They have condensed powders that are pre-made for runny noses, coughs, headaches, etc. etc. Maybe this is why I've only taken Aspirin or Tylenol maybe 20 times throughout my life and most of the time was when I just got braces. I'm not really sure how acupuncture works. I think it hits specific nerves that trigger your body to produce painkillers or healing chemicals. Several years ago, I twisted my wrist and it had this constant tingling. The doctor put a couple needles at certain points on my wrist and the feeling slowly went away. My mom used to have extreme headaches and the lady got some needles and literally stuck them into my mom's head. I can't remember how long this treatment lasted, but my mom doesn't suffer from these headaches anymore. There's this point in the ear that controls hunger, too. I've seen patients have acupuncture done on that point and everytime they were hungry, they'd just stimulate that point and the feeling would go away. It's better than starving yourself. I guess some people only believe that chemical and antibiotics can cure disease. It might be a cultural barrier issues. My mom is uber-traditional, and some things she does are just silly, but there are a few (such as this topic) that I actually believe in. sidenote: There are some aspects of Eastern medicine that are non-existent in Western medicine, so explaining how it works would be difficult. Lots of medicine basically balances out different "forces" in the body.