What is holistic healing? Holistic medicine, also known as ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’ medicine, has been used as a means of treating people’s illnesses and ailments for centuries.
From Traditional Chinese Medicine to Native American Healing Practises, there are many different forms of holistic medicine, adapted and regulated different by different cultures and societies.
Take a look at five highly effective forms of holistic healing.
Since Dr Samuel Hahnemann discovered in 1790 how the bark of a cinchona tree could be used to cure malaria, and the Law of Similars was inaugurated in which Dr Hahnemann concluded that any substance that causes disease symptoms in a healthy individual can be used to cure an ill person, homeopathic medicine has been a popular resource to cure illnesses.
Given mainly in tablet form, homeopathy is aimed at triggering the body’s natural defence system, and has become so popular that according to the European Central Council of Homeopaths, ‘29% of the EU’s population use homeopathic medicine in their day-to-day health care.”
Developed in America by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, osteopathy is based on the belief that the body’s individual healing system can be activated by the healer.
Osteopathy manipulates the musculoskeletal system that supports and interacts with the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems, as well as the body’s main organs, and in doing so provides equilibrium of the interdependent physiological processes of the human body.
Reiki was developed by Dr Mikao Usui who, after meditating for 21 days on top of a Japanese mountain, experienced a vibration of universal energy in a spiritual vision.
As a consequence of the doctor’s findings, Reiki practitioners channel the energy of the earth’s vibration and deliver it through their hands to ensure that participants maintain a clear energy flow within them.
Developed in the west by Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture focuses on needling hundreds of energy channel points, or meridians as they are commonly known, across the body that are linked to the body’s organs.
Research has proven that patients benefit from the treatment as a way of reducing pain as well as increasing wellbeing.
Magnetic therapy is another popular alternative medicine which involves the use of static magnetic fields.
Practitioners of magnetic therapy claim that by exposing certain parts of the body to the magnetostatic fields created by permanent magnets can be beneficial to one’s health and state of mind.
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