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Alternative medicine

  1. 1. ALTERNATIVE MEDICINEACUPUNCTURE: Acupuncture and Moxibustion is a medical treatment thathas been practiced for thousands of years in China and other Asian countriesas well as now around the world. It is used as a means of treating andpreventing disease. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine,sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’smeridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of energythrough the individual. The general theory of acupuncture is based on thepremise that there are patterns of energy flow through the body that areessential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible fordisease. Acupuncture corrects imbalances of flow at identifiable points closeto the skin. Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasinglypopular form of health care that is used by people whole over the world. The modern scientific explanation about the effectiveness of Acupuncturetreatment is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervoussystem to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, includingendorphins, encephalin and other neurotransmitters. Either these chemicalswill change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of otherchemicals and hormones that influence the body’s own internal regulatingsystem, bringing about a normalizing effect on neuroendocrine function. Theimproved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results instimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical andemotional well-being.YOGA: Yoga is a part of Indian heritage. It is termed as an ancient scienceand an integrated system that leads one to a state of wholeness, well beingand enlightenment. Yoga evolved in India, some five thousand years back. Tilldate, yoga and its practice is believed to be the great emancipator of stress,anxiety and whole lot of diseases. With each passing day, the utility and thebenefits of yoga have become well recognized. There are multiple forms ofyoga, like Hatha Yoga, Vikrama Yoga Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and soon. Practicing each yoga forms, some way or the other, is beneficial to thepractitioner, helping him to pave the way to attain a stage of eternal bliss forhis ownself. Various yoga asanas have proved to be the antidote to manychronic diseases like Arthritis, back pain, Indigestion, Diabetes, Bronchitis,Dyspepsia and many more. However, there are certain pre-requisites to thepractice of yoga. A neat and clean place is the foremost pre-requisite. Emptystomach is another primary requisite. After taking food, one should wait fortwo to three hours before starting with any yoga asanas. Music also forms anintegral part of the yoga sessions. Yoga practice, when accompanied by apleasant Yoga Music, calms and soothes the mind and body of the individual.A practitioner is required to carefully select yoga accessories. The yogaaccessories help to enhance the overall yoga practice and make a yogasession comfortable. Firstly, proper yoga clothing is an utmost necessity. Ayoga apparel must be loose and comfortable enough so as to allow the
  2. 2. practitioner to move his body parts freely while performing different asanas.Breathable fabrics, comfort, and versatility are three key components thatshould be kept in mind while selecting yoga clothing.SHIATSU: Shiatsu originated in China at least 2000 years ago. The earliestaccounts gave the causes of ailments and the remedies that could be effectedthrough a change of diet and the way of life. The use of massage andacupuncture was also recommended. The Japanese also were practitionersof this massage after it had been introduced into that country and it wasknown as anma. The therapy that is known today as shiatsu has evolved withtime from anma under influences from both the East and the West. In themodern age shiatsu has gained full recognition and popularity, with peoplebecoming aware of its existence and its benefits.Although East and West have different viewpoints on health and life these cancomplement each other. The Eastern belief is of a primary flow of energythroughout the body, which runs along certain channels that are known asmeridians. It is also believed that this energy exists throughout the universeand that all living creatures are dependent upon it as much as on physicalnourishment. The energy is known by three similar names, ki, chi and prana inJapan, China and India respectively. As in acupuncture, there are certainpressure points on the meridians that relate to certain organs and these pointsare known as tsubos.Shiatsu can be used to treat a number of minor problems such as insomnia,headaches, anxiety and back pain. Western medicine may be unable to find aphysical cause for a problem and although some pain relief may be provided,the underlying cause of the problem may not be cured. It is possible that onesession of shiatsu may be sufficient to remedy the problem by stimulating theflow of energy along the channels. Undertaking an exercise regime with achange of diet and lifestyle may also be recommended. Shiatsu canencourage a general feeling of good health in the whole person and not just inthe physical sense.REFLEXOLOGY: Reflexology massage consists of acupressure and othermassages techniques on the body. The more concentrated areas would bethe hands, ears, and feet. Even though it focuses on those areas it has thecapability to provide relief to the entire body. It uses the technique of pressing,squeezing the hands, ears, and feet to provide the ultimate goal of full relief tothe body. Reflexology was created by an ears, nose, and throat specialistnamed William H. Fitzgerald and Dr. Bowers in the 1800s. The benefit ofreflexology involves:· Relieving pain and stiffness caused from overexertion· Increase blood circulation· Brings balance back to the body· Relieving stress, migraines, headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, sinusitis,asthma, constipation, and infertility.
  3. 3. Additional benefits of reflexology is that once the body is cleansed it allow thebody to flow full of energy and has a strong healing affect on the body too.Reflexology is also known for helping with digestion, respiratory problems,sinus issues, and problems with adequate circulation in the body.REIKI: Reiki is a bit like a Japanese version of spiritual healing, though it hascompletely different origins. A man called Mikao Usui was responsible fordeveloping it, he was a Tendai Buddhist, born in 1865 and died in 1926. Reikiis based on channeling energy, working with energy. The energy is quite oftencalled chi, which is the energy that underlies oriental medicine, so when youpractice acupuncture and you use needles to encourage energy to flowthrough a person’s meridians, you are working with the same energy that youchannel when you practice Reiki. If we think of Tai Chi, the energy cultivationtechnique, where the various graceful movements that you make serve tobuild up your body’s personal reserves of energy, you are again talking aboutthe energy that you channel when you practice Reiki. You could call theenergy prana, the energy that you work with when you practice yoga, but it’sthe same stuff. Now, from the Oriental point of view, chi doesn’t just flowthrough us, but it surrounds and engulfs us too, so you’ll have heard of fengshui, where you arrange your living environment to allow the better flow of chithrough your household. So when you practice Reiki you areconnecting to and channeling an external source of chi that flows through youinto the person you are treating. And you can also connect to and use theenergy for your own personal benefit.But this isn’t the only way that the energy is viewed. Many people prefer tosee the energy as having divine origins, and they see the channeling of Reikias drawing down divine light or divine love. These ties in more with the pointof view of conventional spiritual healers, who draw down divine. Herbal Supplements: The use of herbal supplements has increased morethan ever before because of its wonderful benefits. People nowadays aremore health conscious and look for new and better avenues to keepthemselves healthy and fit. Now herbal treatments have become analternative choice for many individuals.It is helpful to know that many studies have been conducted on herbalsupplements and their benefits and applications. And majority of these studieshave proven that the health benefits of such herbal supplements are vastfollowing a healthy diet and exercise regimen also. This has thereforeencouraged many people to opt for herbal and other natural healthsupplements to deal with certain physiological conditions and also for generalwell-being. Herbal supplements are also used for herbal weight loss therapy.One can secure a long and healthy life when the body is well taken care of.And in order to achieve this, a healthy diet ought to be followed along withsome regular exercise and by also taking some herbal vitamins, mineralsand nutrients that are important for proper functioning of the organs.