For some people, choosing treatments that go against the mainstream of taking a prescription drug to heal or cure an illness is the way to go.

 

One alternative to prescription drugs is whole medical systems. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are centered on philosophy and focus on noninvasive treatments to let your body do its own healing.

 

A second alternative to medication is mind-body medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic, these techniques include exercises such as meditation, prayer, and relaxation therapies.

 

A third alternative to medication is taking dietary or herbal supplements. According to the Mayo Clinic, these can be taken in the form of teas, oils, syrups, powders or pills.