Holistic health movements believe that health and medicine should focus on healing the whole body. They don’t want to rely heavily on modern medicine, which they often distrust, and they want to give people options for home remedies. But what are they? How do they work? Below, we discuss just 4 of the well-known types of alternative healing.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that is mainly used to treat pain. It is one of the most popular alternative healing methods that is practiced all over the world. It is often used with herbs and conventional medical treatments.
Acupuncturists divide the patient’s body into different acupressure points and meridians. They are trained to insert needles into the right areas for maximum healing. When the practice is done correctly, there is little pain and few negative side effects; in fact, it is known to relieve chronic physical ailments and aid in healing.
2. Energy Manipulation
Energy manipulation is the ability to control the flow of energy within the body. The main idea is that illnesses are attributed to problems with the body’s energy field. Restoring this energy balance is necessary to improve health.
To promote spiritual healing, the practitioner, known as a spiritual healer, works on a patient. The healer uses a variety of techniques that involve touching or hovering the hands over the body. His or her main goal is to channel positive energy and remove negative energy from the body.
The effects of energy manipulation are debated, to say the least. Some people provide anecdotal evidence and swear by it’s effectiveness; but there is not much hard medical science to back up these claims.
3. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a healing method that was derived from certain beliefs in acupuncture and energy medicine. It’s a practice that is researched using an EFT handbook and mainly performed on one’s own. Like in acupuncture, the healer focuses on tapping the acupressure points and stimulating a balanced flow of energy.
Some patients claim that it helps to reduce pain, stress and anxiety; again, scientific support is lacking for this practice.
Homeopathy is the belief that sources of a disease or ailment, when administered in small or diluted doses, will cure that disease or ailment. Proponents of this theory often use the example of vaccinations as a successful demonstration of this theory. However, the comparison is deeply flawed and demonstrates an ignorance of how vaccines actually work to provide immunity.
Those who practice homeopathy often take things a step too far, like the case where a Canadian homeopath administered diluted saliva from a rabid dog to a 4-year-old boy because he was aggressive, growling at people, and having dreams about werewolves. Homeopathy is condemned by a broad swathe of scientists and medical practitioners alike—and rightfully so.
Many people turn to alternative healing when conventional medical treatments fail. Other people use alternative healing methods because they believe in healing the whole body and not just the diseased body parts. If you decide to try alternative medicine, just make sure to research the techniques you choose and the specialists you trust to carry them out. Stay healthy and use the treatments that feel most comfortable for you, but be wise.