If you're among the 59 million Americans faced with some form of heart disease, know that conventional treatments aren't your only choice.

Traditional Chinese medicine, for example, prescribes peony and other herbs to treat high blood pressure. For the ayurvedic practitioner, a healthy heart may begin with a mind-body approach to realize an attitude adjustment.

If any of these ideas sound good to you, just remember to let your doctor know you're considering the alternatives.

Click on the links below to find out more about these alternative therapies for heart disease:

Note: This section examines alternative approaches to treatment. The views expressed belong to the sources interviewed and may or may not reflect the views of Discovery Health.