Natural medicines involve a wide range of natural therapies that work on both the physical and emotional body in order to relieve pain, improve health, and also improve emotional conditions such as stress or anxiety.
There are many benefits to be had from undergoing one of these forms of natural therapies. Many of these therapies, such as herbal medicine, homoeopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, use natural plants and essences taken from the earth in order to heal any problems or disharmonies within the body. These are safe remedies that are mixed to the precise specification of the individual, and have no side effects.
Flower essences are fantastic for helping to heal any emotional disharmonies that are currently occurring within the body. These essences, which can actually be self-prescribed, can help with emotions ranging from anger to fear. By neutralising or ridding ourselves of these emotions, we can actually be helping to avoid becoming ill in the future.
Many of these therapies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, treat the whole body, and are systems that have been in use for thousands of years. The fact that these treatment systems have persisted for so long is proof that they are safe, and that they work.
Therapies such as nutrition, weight loss, colonic irrigation, and allergy testing/treatments are aimed at providing the body with the energy that it needs to operate at its peak, and removing any obstacles that may stop this from occurring. A healthy body needs the right fuel, and to be free of any toxins in order for it to be as healthy as possible.
Diagnostic tools such as iridology, naturopathy, and holistic doctors also play a role in optimum health as their goal is to identify illnesses before they start to have a negative impact on the body. Being able to identify these potential illnesses early is vital and of great benefit as it helps to stop disease from damaging the body.
There is a strong preventative aspect in the majority of the natural therapies outlined below and this helps to prove the saying that prevention is better than cure. It is better to keep the body strong physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, so that toxins, disease or other physical conditions cannot take hold and create a negative impact on any aspect of the body.
Allergy testing is carried out to diagnose allergies so that treatment may be undertaken. Any substance can potentially cause an allergic reaction, which may range from minor to potentially life threatening. Some common allergens include lactose, wheat, animal dander, shellfish, and dust. There are many tests that can be used to determine an allergen such as blood tests, elimination diets, and scratch or puncture tests, just to name a few. The treatment will depend on the person’s level of involvement with the allergen, but at a minimum, practitioners will recommend that you avoid the allergen wherever possible. Some allergy tests can only be performed by medical doctors but many natural therapists such as naturopaths (link to naturopathy) and nutritionists (link to nutrition) will use some form of allergy testing in their diagnosis.
Animal therapy combines a range of different natural therapies in order to provide a form of healing for animals. Preventative treatment is emphasised. Some natural therapies that are used include naturopathy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, flower essences, mineral therapy, massage, aromatherapy, nutrition, and iridology. Animals will normally respond well to natural therapies as there are no side effects. The whole animal is treated to improve their overall health, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical practice that uses a range of treatments such as herbal medicine, diet, meditation, massage, and yoga to maintain or restore health. In Ayurveda, it is believed that each person contains part of the universe’s basic elements, and these elements combine to create one of three body types. They are known as vata, pitta and kapha. The theory behind Ayurveda states that illness occurs when one or more of the body types become imbalanced. This is a therapy that can be applied to every aspect of life, and can even become a way of life. The Ayurvedic treatments will be prescribed according to your body type.
Colonic irrigation is used to flush toxins from the colon – toxins that can build up and cause health problems. Treatments are given by qualified practitioners and are given in a clinic or spa. Colonic irrigation is useful for general detoxification of the body as well as helping with conditions that may arise as a result of poor bowel function, such as skin problems, bloating or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, it should not be used for inflammatory bowel conditions.
Ear candling is an ancient clearing method that has been used by the Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and Hopi Indians of America. A special hollow candle is used to create a vacuum in the ear. This vacuum draws out old wax, the residues of past infections, and funguses. Ear candling can help to stimulate the immune system and also the peripheral blood circulation. It can also be used to cleanse and harmonise an energy field or aura. It is a non invasive and painless treatment.
Flower essences can be used to treat negative emotions, thoughts, and even disease. This is done by choosing a remedy that matches a patient’s temperament as well as their state of mind. Flower essences are not used directly for physical conditions but rather treat the worry and anxiety that is troubling the patient. In this therapy, the essences work n a vibrational level, so that the life force can flow more freely. These essences are able to treat emotional problems such as anger, apprehension, loneliness, despair, uncertainty, self-esteem, and creativity, to name just a few. Flower essences are complete safe to use and have no side effects.
Holistic doctors are concerned about what kind of a person suffers from a disease, while a traditional doctor will only diagnose the disease itself. Holistic doctors find out as much about their patient as they can, as disease is seen as a consequence of a deeper imbalance. Holistic medicine understands that there is no separation between the mind and body, and the person’s emotional state will ultimately affect their health and wellbeing. It is in this way that holistic medicine focuses on prevention and strengthening the body’s resistance to disease.
Iridology is the study of the iris, or the coloured part of the eye. By looking at the iris, the practitioner is able to see the changing conditions in every part and every organ of the body. While iridology cannot detect a specific disease, it is able to tell if there is not enough or too much energy in a specific area of the body. It is a diagnostic tool rather than a treatment tool. The aim of the therapy is to diagnose a potential illness as soon as possible, before it has a chance to develop into something more serious.
Naturopaths prevent, assess, and treat conditions of the mind and body. They use conventional health sciences along with a range of natural therapies in order to treat a person’s mental, emotional and physical states for a lasting effect. Naturopathy believes that every person has their own healing energy, and naturopathic treatment simply allows the body to repair itself and recover from illnesses. Naturopaths encourage a person to take responsibility for their own health. The goal is to create a lifestyle that supports health and wellbeing. Naturopaths use therapies such as herbal medicine, nutrition, flower essences, homoeopathy, iridology and massage to assist in the healing process.
Nutrition is vital for our health and it can be defined as the science that establishes the relationship between a person’s diet and their overall health. To function properly, the body needs the correct levels of carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, mineral, and water. If any of these reach too low a level, a deficiency occurs and this results in a person feeling generally unwell or even illness. Antioxidants are another important part of nutrition as they neutralise free radicals in the body – damaging substances that can contribute to premature aging, heart disease, and liver disease, amongst other problems. To have a healthy diet, it is best to eat a diet that is rich in wholegrains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and plenty of water. For added health benefits, you can try eating some “superfoods”.
Remedial therapies are an extension of remedial massage and include such therapies as acupressure, aromatherapy, sports medicine, Chinese massage, shiatsu, flower essences, reflexology, and more.
Weight loss is the process of losing body mass by reducing body fat content. Too much weight causes additional stress to be placed on the body and this excess weight can result in conditions such as back pain, heart disease, and diabetes. While all natural therapies will help with the emotional and physical issues that may have led to the weight gain, naturopathy, yoga, personal training and nutrition are some of the more commonly used natural therapies for weight loss. As well as changing physical habits, it is also important to change your dietary habits – replacing your old diet with a diet that is rich in wholegrains, fresh fruits and vegetables.