People are increasingly turning to Alternative methods of healing. There are many reasons for this. A lot of western pharmaceuticals come with unwanted side effects and can be very expensive. Because of this rise in interest, many medical centers now offer alternative healing.
These are all names for types of healing that are not Western Medicine.
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Types of Alternative Healing include aromatherapy, self help, meditation, shamanism, crystal healing, color healing, the use of jewelry, gemstones, colors, horoscopes, divinations or self created programs not related to a specific organized healing discipline.
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Here’s a comprehensive list of the alternative forms of healing and the types of healers that are available. You may be surprised by how many they are – I was!
They’re in alphabetical order and there’s a short description of each.
Anytime you call upon Raphael, he’s there. The healing archangel isn’t shy or subtle in announcing his presence.
He wants you to know that he’s with you, as a way of comforting you and easing stress along your way to a healthy recovery.
Ayurvedic medicine originated in India. It is probably the oldest system of caring for health in the world.
Ayurvedic medicine is completely holistic. People who use in work to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit. The Ayurvedic belief is that keeping this balance can prevent illness, treat acute conditions and contributes to a long and healthy life.
More than 90 percent of the population in India use some type of Ayurvedic therapy. This could include eating using Ayurvedic dietary principles, practicing traditional medicine or getting help from practitioners who have been highly trained in Ayurveda.
In the Western world, Ayurveda is widely recognized as a form of complementary healthcare. Many Westerners now use and enjoy Ayurveda in the form of massage, meditation on cleansing / detox therapies.
Patients suffering from ailments affecting any of these are fitted with an appropriate monitor and then taught how to use their mind and emotions to decrease symptoms and certain conditions.
Does it Work?
Biofeedback subjects have reported having lower blood pressure, decreased anxiety, greater flexibility and a sharpening of their mential functions.
Are there Any Contraindications?
Always work with a Health Provider who is trained in the use of Biofeedback. This is important because if you are taking any medications for the area that you wish to work on, the dosage will need careful monitoring and may need decreasing as the Biofeedback begins to work. Do not ever attempt Biofeedback on your own.
In this form of alternative medicine, plants or plant extracts are employed in the treatment or prevention of illness. This method of alternative medicine is as old as time.
Are They the Same As Herbal Remedies?
Pretty much. The difference is that the term “Botanical Medicine” also allows the inclusion of parts of the plant that are not herbs such as seeds, stems, roots and bark.
Why are They Sometimes Called Dietary Supplements?
In the United States, most botanical medicines are classed as dietary supplements. Some botanicals, such as digitalis leaf, are classed as pharmaceutical drugs.
Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are also categorized as dietary supplements.
Dietary supplements may be in the form of tablets, capsules, gelcaps, liquids, powders or bars.
The law that regulates dietary supplements is different from the one that regulates pharmaceuticals. Makers of dietary supplements are not allowed to claim that they treat disease or prevent it.
When we feel panicky or stressed, our immediate (and often subconscious) reaction is to breathe more shallowly and to take shorter breaths. This results in hyperventilation – less oxygen being taken into the blood which in turn, makes our muscles tense, which makes us feel more stressed, which makes us breathe more shallowly…
Breathwork is used to break this cycle by making you aware of how you are breathing.
It involves some techniques which are unique to breathwork and others which are commonly used in other disciplines such as qigong, tai chi and yoga.
Breathwork is highly useful because you can use the techniques at any time and in any place. By simply focusing your attention on your breath, your mind is able to let go of upsetting thoughts and emotions more easily.
Breathwork is generally safe for most people of all ages and all different levels of physical fitness. and age.
Chakra Balancing / Chakra Healing
We have hundreds of chakras but mainly deal with seven of them. Each on is associated with specific parts of the body and potential ailments of that area. The higher chakras relate to the spiritual.
To keep the chakras balanced so that energy can flow freely, it is necessary to work on them regularly. This may be done using vizualization of chakras and chakra colors, chakra meditation, working with chakra crystals or chakra stones, using sound or by having a healer work on you.
Many people like to wear a chakra bracelet or chakra necklace to remind themselves of their chakras and how important it is to keep them balanced and healthy.
After diet therapy, herbal therapy is maybe the most used method of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM uses herbal therapy to treat illness and to optimize health so that further illness may be prevented.
TCM uses thousands of plant, animal and mineral substances. TCM Practitioners learn how the substances are traditionally used, the correct dosages and any contra-indications. They also need to know if the substances may interact with any western pharmaceuticals that the person may be taking and keep up to date with current medical research.
How do TCM Practitioners Create Formulations?
TCM Practitioners modify traditional formulas to suit each patient. The treatments are carefully tailored to meet the specific needs of each person.
Chinese medicinal formulations are prepared in a number of different ways:
Chinese herbal decoctions
This lengthy tea preparation is the most traditional way of creating an herbal formula in China but is not widely used elsewhere.
are easier to prepare and not so pungent as the more traditional teas.
Chinese Patent Formulas
are herbal formulations made into a pill, tablet or capsule. These are the most commonly used form of Chinese herbal medicine in the Western world.
This is when hypnosis is used in a clinical (or medical) setting to help patients with issues such as pain relief, losing weight, stopping smoking or improving self esteem. In this setting, patients are taught how to become deeply relaxed to keep up the effects of the hypnosis.
This is only done in a clinical area by a Healthcare Provider who has been properly trained in the mode (and limitations) of hypnosis.
Clinical hypnosis is useful for helping with physiological and psychoanalytical issues. It can be particularly helpful in altering a patient’s feelings, perceptions, behaviours and patterns of thinking.
Hypnosis is induced by instructing the patient to remember pleasurable experiences and then suggestions are made for ways to relaxe and feel calm and well.
How Could Clinical Hypnosis Help Me?
Clinical hypnosis has been shown to be effective in pain relief, the treatment of depression, anxiety and stress, breaking habitual disorders, for relaxed childbirth and even for a form of anaesthetic during surgical procedures.
Are There Any Contra Indications to Clinical Hypnosis?
It’s not advised for anyone with personality disorders including schizophrenia or narcissistic disorders. It’s vital to find a licensed professional who has received training and certification in Clinical Hypnosis.
Colour Therapy / Chromotherapy
This is a very gentle form of ‘hands on’ healing. It is administered by light finger tip pressure being applied to particular point around the head, body, knees and feet.
The goal is to clear perceived restrictions to improve how the central nervous system functions.
How Could Craniosacral Therapy Help Me?
It is useful for helping to reduce migraines, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and M.E. and post traumatic stress disorder. It can also help with healing following a trauma or surgery.
Craniosacral therapy should only be administered by a trained practitioner.
Is Craniosacral Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Practitioners often need to be licensed in a particular specialty such as massage therapy, chiropractic or physical therapy to qualify for coverage by health insurers.
Craniosacral therapy is sometimes reimbursed under employee flexible healthcare accounts. It’s important to ask your employer to make sure.
Dietary Therapy – Food Based Healing
Nutrition has always been very important in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The first Chinese physician to advocate this was Sun Si Miao. He was a Doctor during the Tang Dynasty and he advocated the examination of a person’s dietary intake and lifestyle before considering anything else.
Yin and Yang
This is done to rebalance the energies, to prevent illness and to maintain good health.
Chinese Medicine views each person as unique so advice will be tailored to the person’s age, gender, diagnosis pattern, level of activity, the environment that they inhabit and the time of year.
This is simply healing which is performed when the patient is not present. Heaing energies can be transmitted over any any distance.
The recipient may or may not be aware that this Healing is being sent to them.
It can be very effective as it is often sent with love and concern from relatives and friends.
Edgar Cayce was an amazing distance healer.
Emotional Healing / How to Heal Yourself
As humans, we have ideas about how things should be. If these ideas are at odds with how things really are, we are very good at beating ourselves up.
These negative thoughts and harsh self-judgements can make us emotionally unhappy and therefore, even more negative.
It’s interesting that if we have a pain in our body, it will cease once the cause is removed. However, emotional pain is not so easily healed. We hold onto it and we believe that if only something was different, we wouldn’t suffer so much. That magical ‘something’ is external. The truth is that we hold onto pain because of false beliefs and perceptions.
How to Release Negative Emotions
- Don’t ignore your emotions, or see them as ‘bad’. Face them and work out what they are saying to you. All emotions have a reason. The most difficult ones are the best teachers of all so try and listen.
- Try to retrain your brain to see your emotions more objectively. Rather than prefacing each emotion with “I” – for example, I am angry, I am unhappy, I am stressed – view the emotion as being around you rather then being about you.
- Be gentle on yourself. If you were advising a friend, you would show compassion. Show yourself some compassion. Remember that all emotions do pass. You know that you won’t feel like this for ever.
- If you always react to a particular situation in a particular way, take a long, hard look at that. As Tony Robbins says “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” Maybe it’s time to change.
- Meditate. Meditation is one of the best ways to let go of your old ways of thinking. This is because it gives your mind a chance to leave your old preoccupations behind. The more you do this, the less of a grip those previous preoccupations will have. They will gradually cease to be important to you and will fade away to be replaced with a more positive and calm frame of mind.
Energy Healing / Energetic Healing
Healer Moderated/Facilitated Healing
Herbs have been used for healing since time immomorial. Most villages had a healer or a hedge witch who knew the best herbal remedies to use for illnesses and healing.
Herbs are in great demand for their healing powers because many people dislike the side effects of so many modern pharmaceuticals. However, herbs may also have side effects so it’s best to always obtain them from someone with experience and deep knowledge.
The most powerful light is the divine white light of healing and protection.
The white light comes to us through our crown chakras on the top of our heads.
It is always there and can be accessed directly during meditation and visualization.
It is usually seen as cascading over and through our physical and etheric body, washing away any negativity and filling us with divine light and love.
This term could also be used for the coloured lights used during colour therapy.
These are plants or parts of plants which are known to have healing properties.
Many of our Western pharmaceuticals are derived from plants.
- Digoxin which is used to slow and steady the heartbeat is derived from the foxglove.
- Aspirin which is used as a painkiller and a blood thinner is derived from the bark of the white willow tree.
This is simply the power used for healing.
It could be the healing power of meditation, Reiki, crystals, or anything else that is used for improving physical and spiritual health.
It is a misconception that Healers have healing power. They do not possess it – they channel it from a divine source.
Something that someone has said about healing that is quoted as being wise, informational, supportive, inspirational or humourous.
Healing Touch is a form of energy and complementary therapy. It employs the use of gentle touching which is believed to realign someone’s energy field which in turn, allows the body’s own inherent healing processes to work on the body, mind and spirit.
Like all energy therapies, Healing Touch works on the premis that we are fields of energy. Our constant contact with other people and the environment can cause disharmony.
What Happens During a Healing Touch Session?
The practitioner starts with a centering to calm the mind, bring out compassion and to get in tune with the patient. The practitioner then places his or her hands gently on the patient’s body or makes sweeping gestures with the hands above the body.
It is often used alongside Western medicine and/or in conjunction with other therapies such as massage, visualization, creative therapies, biofeedback and others.
We need to remember that we are spirits and as such, we are already complete and whole.
We also need to remember that it is possible to be healed without being cured.
Connecting with spirit and realising that we are energy beings can facilitate this healing.
Healing words are always positive and may be chanted during a meditation or just repeated as positive affirmations.
However you use them, they will help and have a positive effect on whatever you need to be healed.
Holistic healing has been recognized and practiced for thousands of years. Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems and so is Chinese Medicine. Both advocate living a harmonious life in balance with nature.
In 400 BC, Socrates cautioned against treating one part of the body. He said “…for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
Holistic healing considers the person as a whole. The goal is to have everything functioning in the best way that it can and to have mind, body and spirit connected. Holistic health asks that people take responsibility for their own choices in order to improve their own health.
This is the active treatment and support of the body’s own innate ability to heal if treated correctly. The healthcare professionals who use holistic methods work together with their patient to achieved the balance required to improve health and well being.
It is used as a therapy to help with behaviour modifications such as smoking cessation, weight loss and to improve self esteem.
It can also be used for Past Life Regression where the subject is taken back to relive parts of their previous lives on the earth plane.
Integrative (Combined) Healing
Another form of hybrid healing but often including western medicine as well.
Mind Body Therapies / Mind Body Medicine
Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy which is used to improve the flow of Qi (energy) in the body.
How is it Administered?
The stick is lit and then held one or two inches above the surface of the skin often at specific energy points.
The area of skin becomes warm and then red as the circulation improves.
What Does it Feel Like?
Patients say that they feel a sudden warmth which moves in a direction away from the moxa stick. The moxa practioner then knows that the energy block has been cleared and Qi is now flowing freely along the channel.
What Does it Treat?
Moxibustion is used for:
- Pain from trauma, injury or arthritis. It is especially effective in treating pain that usually feels better when heat is applied.
- Digestive problems and elimination issues.
- Gynecological and some obstetrical conditions.
- Protection against cold and flu.
Combined with Acupuncture
It’s common for acupuncture and moxibustion to be performed together. It is believed that using the two therapies together makes each one more effective.
Smoke and Smell
Moxibustion does produce smoke. Smokeless varieties are available but practioners usually prefer to use true moxa created from mugwort which produces a lot of smoke. To counter this, most clinics have good ventilation and air filtration systems.
Burning mugwort smells like marjuana. It’s now common for practitioners to put up signs telling patients that it’s not pot they’re smelling – but the odor of moxibustion.
Naturopathy / Naturopathic Medicine / Natural Healing
Non-Religious Prayer Healing
This is a healing prayer which does not involve organized religion. It could include meditation, Huna prayer (a short prayer that you repeat every day for thirty days) or asking for help from nature spirits.
Osteopathy / Osteopathic Medicine
Pranic Healing® is a system of energy healing that was developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui.
Prana is the Sanskrit word for the vital energy or life force that keeps the body healthy and alive. In Chinese it is called Chi and in Japanese it is Ki.
There are 3 main sources of Prana – the air, the sun and the ground.
Pranic Healing® is a no-touch, drug-free complementary therapy system that uses prana to heal a wide range of ailments – both physical and psychological.
The Pranic Healing® brand-name is a registered trademark of Institute for Inner Studies Inc, a for-profit company founded by Choa Kok Sui.
Prayer for Healing
Problem Solving Healing
In this type of healing, it is necessary to recognize problems or issues that are causing illness. The malady may be from stress, emotional pain, mental issues or spiritual issues. Once the issue is recognized and dealt with, the healing will be able to commence.
Qigong / Chi-Kung
He defined Quantum Healing as “the ability of one mode of consciousness (the mind) to spontaneously correct the mistakes in another mode of consciousness(the body).”
Chopra went to India to explore Ayurveda – one of the oldest known forms of holistic healing.
He combined his insights into Ayurveda with neuroscience and physics from Western medicine.
He discovered a “network of intelligence” in the human body.
This formed the basis for Quantum Healing which alledgedly has the potential to beat cancer, heart disease and other major illnesses.
I’ve given quartz crystal its’ own space here because it is known as the Master Healing Crystal.
This is because it contains the full spectrum of light which means it may balance every one of the chakras and can work on every level to rebalance the body. It is able to make the body’s energy fields stronger and more stable.
Quartz is great for bringing positive thoughts to the forefront and increase positive energy. Thus, it is able to help anyone who needs to take positive action.
It can also help with clear thinking so that you can see your way forward more easily.
It also helps negative energy to be released. This may be your own negativity or negative energies that you have picked up from someone else.
If you work on your pc a lot, put a chunk of quartz crystal next to the monitor. This combats radiation and helps to get rid of static electricity.
Reconnective Healing / The Reconnection®
On his website, The Reconnection® Dr Eric Pearl says
“One day I was a chiropractor and the next day I was something else.” Overnight, he found how to connect with energy and work with it to heal people.
The website goes on to say
“Reconnective Healing It is an easy, non-invasive healing approach that everyone can learn how to do to help heal others and themselves. It is a comprehensive healing approach free of the rituals and techniques integral to the numerous energy healing modalities known today.
You can’t really compare the RH frequencies to “other” frequencies because there aren’t really “other” frequencies. According to what we can best determine from the scientific research results so far, the RH frequency spectrum appears to contain or include all of the known healing frequencies existing to date plus much, much more not seen here before.”
Reflexology involves the application of pressure to particular points on a person’s feet, hands or ears. Each point corresponds to a different organ or system in the body. For instance, if a reflexology practitioner applies pressure to a particular point on the arch of the foot, it is actually treating the bladder, which is the related organ.
Reflexology does not diagnose issues. It is a commonly used complementary therapy in Europe and Asia for conditions such as
- cardiovascular problems
- kidney issues
- Pre Menstrual Syndrom (PMS)
- Sinus issues
Studies in Denmark have shown a reduction in sick leave. In one area, employees had six sessions with a reflexologist and a third of them reported greater job satisfaction afterwards.
Religious Prayer Healing
A prayer that is offered up from someone who belongs to a formalized or organized religious group – whether based on a belief in a God or another focus of worship.
Shiatsu is a non-invasive form of therapeutic touch that originated in Japan. It uses a variety of hand work such as kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching all designed to realign the energy of the body. It’s performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing.
It is very versatile and may be used as a main or complementary therapy in the treatment of
- internal organ issues – such as digestive problems
- musculoskeletal problems – such as muscle stiffness, back and neck pain, joint pain
- emotional issues – stress, anxiety
It is also helpful for headaches, PMS, fatigue, insomnia and fibromyalgia.
Depending on the goal of the treatment, shiatsu may be stimulating or calming.
Sound has been used as a healing tool for thousands of years. The Hindis use mantras and tribal peoples from Central and South America use the Icaros or medicine melodies.
The goal of sound therapy is to put a person’s energies back into balance.
How Does it Work?
Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwaves by using entrainment. Entrainment is the brain’s electrical response to rhythmic sensory stimulation. We entrain our brainwaves by using rhythm and frequency. Our naturally fluctuating brainwaves then attune to this stable frequency.
Using such rhythm and frequency, we can start with our normal waking consciousness state and take it through all of the frequencies as follows –
beta state (normal waking consciousness) > alpha state (relaxed consciousness) > theta state (meditative state) > delta state (sleep – when internal healing takes place).
This same concept is of rhythm is used in meditation with breathwork. When using sound, it’s the frequency that influences the shift of state.
Spiritual Healing is a complementary healing that is administered by a Spiritual Healer. Spiritual Healers may be trained or not have formal training. Sometimes, Spiritual Healing is offered following a Spiritualist Church meeting, the healer may not be formally trained. In this case, only ask for healing from someone who you know and trust.
How is Spiritual Healing Given?
It is adminstered by a light laying on of hands. The Healer does not possess healing powers. They channel the healing from a Spirit such as a Healing Guide or Healing Angel who facilitate the channelling of healing energy from the higher power of the universe.
Do I Have to Believe in Spiritual Healing or Spirits For It To Work?
No. It does help if you genuinely want the healing to work and feel positive about it and the outcome.
Spiritual Prayer Healing
This is a prayer that asks for healing but is not based on any principles of organized religion.
It may be based on –
- a person’s own non-religious belief in a higher power
- a belief in a higher universal intelligence
- nature spirits or
- a belief in Spirits, Spirit Guides or Angels
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Our Western view of medicine is that it is a method of dealing with illness and disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on achieving health and wellbeing by cultivating harmony and balance in our lives.
TCM is based on the Chinese concept of Qi which is our vital energy and the harmony of all the opposing elements and forces that make up existence – which is called yin and yang.
It believes that:
- Harmony brings health, wellbeing and an ability to sustain both.
- Disharmony leads to illness, disease and eventual collapse.
TCM is a way of looking at ourselves and our world. It sees everything, including what we eat, whether we do exercise or not and how we interact with
- friends and family
- the wider community and
- our environment
This is called ‘taking whole’ and it applies to everything that may affect our health and general well being.
So TCM doesn’t just identify and treat illness – it optimizes health and teaches how to sustain it.
Tui Na refers to a range of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapeutic massages.
Tui Na is pronounced ‘twee naw’ and means ‘pinch and pull’.
What is Tui Na Therapeutic Massage?
It is not a relaxing massage but is used to treat energy patterns that have lost their harmony. In the same way that acupuncture stimulates the flow of Qi energy, Tui Na is administered by pinching and pulling the acupuncture energy channels. So acupressure (where finger pressure is used instead of needles) is a form of Tui Na.
When is Tui Na Used?
It is often used to treat superficial trauma, mild injury and a many types of musculoskeletal problems. It is particularly helpful in the treatment of children where acupuncture would not be appropriate. When Tui Na is used on children it is called Chinese Pediatric Massage Therapy.
TCM practitioners encourage patients to do self massage and exercises at home and teach them how to do it. This increases the benefits from treatment sessions.
- calming the mind, and
- lowering levels of stress hormones such as cortisol
- irritable bowel syndrome
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
most of which can be negatively affected by stress.
Other health benefits include –
- increased strength and flexibility
- better balance and coordination
- improved reaction times
- better lung function
- heightened cardiovascular conditioning
- and weight loss
- better concentration
- and improved mood.
Yoga overlaps with other mind and body therapies including meditation and biofeedback. Many exercises used to rehabilitate people with injuries are based on yoga.
There are many other types of healing. If you use or know of something that isn’t already listed please email it and I’ll be happy to add it to the list.