In today’s modern world, most people have adopted natural ways of better living. They have started taking green tea, avoiding meat and attending yoga sessions as part of healthy living. one area that people remain skeptical about is the field of natural medicine and natural therapies. Many of the natural therapies appear confusing.
According to Doctor Daniel Ferdinand, many people still assume that very little scientific evidence exists regarding natural therapies for health and complementary medicine. However, there are different natural approaches that can have a positive impact to the health of an individual.
This is an alternative therapy used in treating lower back pains, chronic neck pains, and motion sickness. It originated in the Asian region and is similar to acupuncture although no needles are involved. Therapists use tools or even their hands to apply pressure to different acupoints on the body in a bid to release tension, open energy flows and promote energy balance.
With the stimulation of various pressure points on the body, endorphins are released which are the chemicals that reduce pain in the body. Oxygen and blood flow is increased throughout the body to relieve soreness and discomfort.
Aromatherapy is used to treat sleep disorders, stress and mood disturbances including anxiety and depression. The process involves extraction of essential aromatic oils from plants. The oils are distilled and then a mixture is obtained with other substances such as lotion, oil, and alcohol. The mixture is then inhaled, sprayed into the air or applied directly to the skin.
Upon inhalation of a scent, powerful neurotransmitters and other body chemicals are triggered. Certain components of the limbic system, which control behavior and emotions, are stimulated in the brain thus resulting to an improved mood.
A major part of Chinese traditional medicine, it is used to treat insomnia, chronic pains and migraines. it is done through insertion of very thin needles at strategic acupoints through the skin. The goal of this procedure it to re-balance life force or the flow of energy referred as chi in Chinese.
When different acupoints are stimulated by the needles, the nervous system is roused and releases endorphins to the brain, muscles, and spinal cord. This procedure has the ability to change the experience of pain. The release of other hormones and chemicals in the body is also triggered. These help to balance the body’s internal regulating system.
Many people are still ignorant of the powerful healing properties of water. Hydrotherapy can be used to relieve atopic dermatitis, pain relief, knee osteoarthritis, and psoriasis. It involves used the healing power of water to maintain optimal health or treat diseases in its different forms. These include steam baths, mineral baths, hot or cold body wraps, saunas, whirlpools and aquatic physical therapy.
According to the American association of therapists, wraps and immersion treatments may expand blood vessels and enhance the immune system. This method was traditionally used by native Americans in the form of sweat lodges as a form of remedy in poison cleansing from the body.
5. Flower Essences
Developed by a surgeon and physician called Dr. Edward Bach, this procedure is used as a natural therapy for bad moods, stress, and flagging energy levels. According to Dr. Bach, distilled extracts from wild flowers and administered internally beneath the tongue could help in treating emotional disturbances. This therapy is based on vibrational medicine with the belief that everything in nature exists at a certain equilibrium including the human body. When there is a vibration that is not in equilibrium with the body such as stress and emotional disturbances, flower essences, and extracts can be used to restore that balance.
6. Craniosacral Therapy
This therapy was discovered more than 100 years ago by an osteopath and is used to treat asthma, urinary tract symptoms, and insomnia. Cranial bones, tissues, body fluids and the nervous system are all interrelated. It involves a gentle form of massage undertaken by chiropractors, naturopaths, and massage therapist. Finger pressure is used to manipulate the pelvis, lower spine, and bones of the skull.
Specialist in this field believes that the craniosacral system that consists of fluids and membranes has a rhythm that resonates throughout the body and influences how the central nervous system functions. Skilled practitioners using a very light touch can identify stress sources and help the body in self-correcting through the assisting the body fluid to move naturally.
Natural therapy for health has been practiced for many years. Some practices even date back to 100 years. For those seeking alternative and complementary methods of treatment, natural therapy offers a viable solution.