As many as 30% of Americans use alternative healing practices or holistic health care to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and improve overall wellness. Anything that falls outside the scope of Western medicine is generally classified as alternative care, and doctors are increasingly recommending these practices—like massage and acupuncture—as supplements to conventional care. Many alternative health treatments work to address the underlying causes of symptoms, activate the body’s natural healing process, and increase overall well-being.
In some cases, you may be able to use your health savings account (HSA) or your flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for alternative treatments. There are also holistic health care products you can use in the comfort of your own home (and made available through the CYC Marketplace, for your convenience). We’ve created a brief guide to eligible alternative health services and products you may want to try!
These are just a few of the alternative therapies and holistic health care products that you might spend your FSA and HSA dollars on, but complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a rapidly growing industry with myriad options for holistic treatments you can explore!