Can you think of the last time you truly felt great? A time where you woke up fully-rested, with all the energy you need to take on the day without feeling energized, with absolutely no headaches and body pain?
Most people can’t. Chronic disease affect 40% of the US population, and while traditional medicine is easily available, it isn’t always effective, which is why so many people are turning to holistic health.
Here are some holistic health practices that are commonly used as complementary therapies to traditional medicine:
For thousands of years, essential oils have been used as a healing agent. Essential oils have been used to treat depression, anxiety, headaches and even bladder infections. Research published in the American Journal of Critical Care found that essential oils can reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
That being said, further testing is needed to determine the effectiveness of essential oils on our health.
Balneotherapy is an ancient technique that uses water for therapeutic purposes. According to balneotherapy, since water is beneficial for the skin, it should be able to treat other health conditions too.
In the last few years, balneotherapy has been used successfully to provide pain relief and treat burns. Some practitioners believe it can be used to boost an individual’s immune system.
Founded in the late 1700s, homeopathy is based on two main principles. Homeopathy suggests that diseases can be treated using “like cures”, meaning the substances that are causing the illness can be used to treat it too, by taking small doses. According to the second principle, only a minimum dose is required to stimulate the inbuilt healing process.
A homeopathic doctor will create treatment plans that are customized to each person.
While most holistic methods use natural ingredients to cure diseases and promote healing, there are some that are designed to make the body more receptive to treatments prescribed by a doctor.
Acupressure works like complementary treatment to traditional medicine. It involves using fingers and hands to engage specific “acupoints.”
It can be used to reduce anxiety and nausea caused by patients undergoing chemotherapy and those preparing for surgery.
In some healthcare facilities, nurses use acupressure to help women during labor pains; acupressure can reduce chronic headaches and provide pain relief.
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