The popularity of alternative healing has risen during the past few years. Alternative healing includes some practices that are believed to meet and, in some cases, exceed those of traditional medicine.
Alternative healing includes the following:
- Acupuncture and acupressure – The best-known type of acupuncture involves the penetration of the skin with thin needles for stimulation. There are other types of acupuncture that do not involve needles, however. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture but is needle-free. Practitioners use hands, elbows, or feet to apply pressure to strategic points along the meridians.
- Aromatherapy – This practice uses essential oils to promote healing. Each of the oils has a specific purpose and can be massaged into the skin, taken orally, or inhaled. Many people believe that aromatherapy can help alleviate chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
- Chiropractic treatment – Widely accepted in the medical field, chiropractic care may be classified as complementary medicine instead of alternative. It focuses on the disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems through spinal manipulations and the application of controlled force.
- Reflexology – Reflexology involves the application of pressure to specific areas of the hands, ears, and feet in accordance with the theory that those points correspond to different body organs. People who are properly trained may practice reflexology on themselves. Others may defer to a reflexologist.
- Ayurvedic medicine – This healing system originated in India and has been around for centuries. It uses massage, herbs, and special diets to balance the body, mind, and spirit for overall wellness.
- Homeopathy – This treatment functions on the same principles that underlie vaccines. Practitioners “treat like with like,” which means starting with a substance that produces ill-effect and administering it in very small doses to help cure people. Extensive information about the patient is needed before doctors can safely prescribe on their behalf.
Metallurgy is another method of alternative healing. Consuming substances like monoatomic minerals, which include monoatomic gold, can help heal illnesses and provide a high level of energy and consciousness.
Alternative therapies may not be part of the Western medical practice and are often difficult to describe because of its diversity. It involves exercise changes, spanning diet, chiropractic adjustment, hypnosis, and poking needles. But in Asian countries, it is widely practiced and is strangely effective. Would you try it yourself?