Alternative Medicine - A guide to 8 most popular Complementary medicines Part 4 of 4

Alternative Medicine - A guide to 8 most popular Complementary medicines Part 4 of 4

1. Reflexology

A chinese therapy that manipulates pressure points on the feet and hands which relate to areas of the body. For example pressure on the inside arch of the food can aid back problems. Research suggests there are beneficial results from this therapy with most people who have tried it agree it works.

2. Massage Therapy

This uses the manipulation of soft tissue to detect and treat emotional and physical conditions. The therapist can determine the condition by pressing down on the body to find ‘hard’ areas which may be affected. The therapy may include aromatherapy oils, hot stones and incense to help the body return to a relaxed state and a greater sense of awareness.

3. Homoeopathy

A holistic therapy that uses a wide area of treatments such as herbal diluted substances. It can treat fevers, sore throat and fatigue. The medicines work by boosting the body’s natural healing process and are safe for sensitive persons and those who are pregnant. There is little evidence on its effectiveness on a large scale but there have been small scale successes.

4. Hypnotherapy

This uses hynosis and counselling to treat a range of emotional conditions from depression and insomnia to giving up smoking. The result is a state similar to day dreaming whereby the practitioner can alter the patient’s state of thinking. It doesn’t work on everyone as some people are not susceptible to hypnotic suggestion.

5. Herbal medicine

Herbal medicines use the whole plant to treat depressions, skin disorders and migraines amongst others. Some conventional medicine used herbal ingredients but mostly just an extract, whereas the whole plant can be more effective. Dangers still exist with this type of medicine but manufacturers have to be regulated to ensure the products safety.

6. Aromatherapy

A common technique using essential oils such as Bergamot and Almond to enhance mental and physical well being, to relieve stress and pain. It is a type of complementary therapy which can help heal the whole body and encourage it to further heal itself. It can be used in massage, reflexology and in aromatic baths. It can treat backache to strengthening the immune system. Probably the most well known therapy it has been around for thousands of years and when used correctly can treat a myriad of problems. A hospital in Nottingham, UK is using Aromatherapy for assisting pregnant women with labour pains.

7. Acupuncture

A 2000 year old Chinese practice that uses fine needles inserted into our body’s channels of energy to stimulate the body’s healing process and treat a whole host of illnesses. A holistic approach means the patients entire medical history is taken into account rather than just one symptom. A similar practice is acupressure whereby no needles are used just pressing down onto the pressure points around the body.

8. Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a technique of determining and treating affected parts of the body such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. A popular therapy with its own regulatory council and a four year degree program to qualify as a practitioner, it can help treat arthritis and digestion problems.