Alternative medicine is becoming more popular in Bahrain. More and more people are trying things like hypnotherapy and reiki. Hypnotherapy is when a hypnotherapist tries to change the feelings and behavior of people. Many people use it to stop smoking. Reiki changes the energy lines in your body to make you better. People are also becoming interested in other kinds of alternative medicine, for example, homeopathy and acupuncture. Wikipedia.com says alternative medicine is any treatment that heals the body without medicine. Wikipedia says there is little scientific research on it. There are very few medical universities in western countries where you can study alternative medicine.
Bahrain allowed alternative medicine in 2012 and is being very careful. It only gave licences to seven therapy clinics in 2013. Dr Baha Fateha from Bahrain's health department said more people wanted to open their own clinics. He told Gulf News: "Alternative therapy is on the increase in Bahrain and we have new applications all the time." He also said the country wanted to make sure new clinics were safe. He said: "First, we need to see evidence that they have the professional qualifications to do their job and that they have a business plan." A hypnotherapist in Bahrain said many people did not understand alternative medicine. She said people, "still see it as a form of magic or something that can't be trusted".