While doctors and medicines will always have their place in this modern world, there was a time when our bodies knew how to heal themselves during illness. Of course, our lifestyles were vastly different back then, and we fought disease with natural remedies and holistic treatments. These treatments are now making a comeback, as people are educating themselves to the benefits of alternative medicine, in terms of both health and finances. Many complementary and alternative therapies are now offered in clinics and hospitals around the country and their use and acceptance is growing rapidly. Here are a few holistic treatments you can use to fight minor illnesses.
Although it is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine used by millions of Americans each year, there is still a lot of debate about the effectiveness of acupuncture. Some believe it works like a placebo, while most patients have found it helpful for treating chronic pain and depression. The theory is that acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Other stimulation techniques include manual massage, heat therapy, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.
Chiropractic is pretty widely accepted in the medical community, and thus qualifies more as a complementary medicine than an alternative one. However good it may feel, seeing a Chiropractor is more than just getting your back cracked. Chiropractors correct the cause of pain through spinal manipulation, or “adjustments.” The idea is that joints’ movements become restricted when surrounding tissues are injured either during a single event (exercise) or through repetitive stress (sitting with poor posture for extended periods). Chiropractic adjustments provide powerful pain relief for headaches, lower back pain, and even sciatica.
Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific areas on the feet, hands, or ears, believing that these points correspond to different body organs and systems. Pressing them is believed to positively affect these organs and a person’s overall health.
Whether you believe in its effects or not, you can’t deny the benefit of having someone massage your feet on a regular basis. Many of us find ourselves on our feet all day at work, and even if you work in an office you put a lot of weight and stress on your feet every day. We know that stress has an overall effect on your body, so it makes sense that massaging our feet can relieve the symptoms of stress that have manifested in other parts of our body. After all, we’ve all felt how a back massage alleviates stress and other symptoms in our body, so why shouldn’t the same logic apply to reflexology.
Thousands of alternative physicians around the world have been using reflexology for generations, with surprisingly positive results. Regular patients have reports that reflexology improves nerve function, energy levels, circulation, and other issues.