Monday, September 23, 2013

Alternative Healing

Medicine and the way we treat sickness is changing. The future has come or maybe it’s the past. Spirituality has met science and has become our new advancement for medicine. It’s the best of both worlds.

The concept promoted by these new alternative therapies are to replace the drug use its side effects and our dependency on pharmacy. Instead of pain killers it may be acupuncture, instead of getting a minor operation it’s a need to balance energies.

The concept behind all this is simple, there is an intelligence that pervades the universe, when we become unaligned with it we become sick. Claims from new age practitioners are that our health problems are a result of misalignment of the latent natural energy within. To have perfect health, emotional spiritual as well as physical this energy must be aligned with various techniques that are unknown to general practitioners but used by those who have trained in new alternative ways to heal. We need to treat not only the body but the mind and essentially the Spirit.

Alternative Healing may be defined as any method of healing that varies from traditional Western Medicine practices. Many of the healing techniques that are accepted and effective in other countries have not yet been adopted in the Western countries.

This atmosphere is changing, however, as a growing number of Western doctors are starting to realize that some of their patients are healing faster and more effectively when they do utilize these other methods. Many people are now educating themselves as to the variety of healing methods that are available to them and are combining the best of both worlds.

Alternative medicine exists in all cultures to some degree and terms such as traditional medicine, indigenous medicine or folk medicine etc. are used to describe such practices. These medicines date back hundred or even thousands of years depending on the country and culture concerned.

There are more than 100 systems of alternative medicines still in practice all over the world.  Every country, region or area has its own traditional system of health and medical cares such as for the Chinese it is acupuncture; for the French, magnetic healing; for the English, Herbalism; for India, Ayurveda with Siddha being widely practice in the southern part of the country; for Japan, Shiatsu etc.

The most popular forms of alternative medicine are Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Yoga, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Kinesiology, Iridology, Reflexology, Massage, Chiropractic care, Magneto therapy, Shiatsu, Herbalism, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, Chromo therapy, Diet therapy, Hydropathy and Reiki.

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