When most people get sick, they turn to SudaFed or Benadryl.
We go to Hot Springs to look at a different approach to conventional medicine.
Hot Springs is known for its natural river of warm, healing waters.
And Saturday, it was home to the Southern Hills Holistic Fair.
Nancy Anderson says conventional medicine focuses on eliminating the physical symptoms of an illness, whereas holistic medicine looks at the root cause.
Holistic Fair organizer Nancy Anderson says, "Holistic approach to health includes mind, body, and spirit so not only are we taking care of the body physically, but we're also taking care of our minds through meditations, and maybe some hypnosis, or other psychological kinds of outreach. And then also the spirit because we have a spirit insides us that needs nurturing as well."
People could talk with professionals in reflexology, essential oils, acupuncture, and many other alternative forms of health and medicine.
Attendee Dace Price says, "I think it's good to realize there are alternative health care practitioners available in the community that many people wouldn't have any idea are here and available so this is an opportunity for people to come and network and see what's available."
One vendor from Piedmont was promoting equine therapy.
Horse therapist Judi Joba says, "The horse has a huge play in it. They are extremely powerful, sentient beings that are non-predatory in nature and because of that, they're very sensitive to people's emotions and will respond accordingly."
Joba says Eagles Ride Equine Center offers horseback riding lessons and equine assisted psychotherapy sessions.
People could also receive massages and purchase gems, crystals, and art.