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Allopathic is out, Naturopathy is in !!
By Themedica on November 14, 2007 12:29 PM |
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Globally, health practitioners have acknowledged the fact that almost all allopathic medicines have some sort of side effects. Allopathic form of treatment is fast losing out to more natural and holistic naturopathy. A study conducted by World Health Organization has reaffirmed that almost 50% of world population has shifted or in process of shifting to alternative forms of  medicines or natural methods of healing.

Celebrities like Madonna, Catherine Zeta Jones, Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, have been endorsing and advocating different forms of natural treatment therapies. Naturopathy or alternative Medication as it is usually referred has been established as more effective method of treatment as compared to the conventional chemical based allopathy.Naturopathy is gaining popularity worldwide as its main aim is to heal in harmony with the natural functions of the body without causing any harm. It involves various therapies using different natural material and lifestyle guidelines to cure any type of disease.

Some of the well-known therapies are:

Aromatherapy: is a type of treatment through which one can rejuvenate his or her body, mind, spirit and soul. This therapy involves use of natural oils derived from flowers, fruits, roots, resins, and bark to enhance your inner as well as outer beauty. Aromatherapy is a generic term, which was first developed by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé in 1920. It enriches your beauty but also lessen your stress, alleviate pain, and relax the body. The materials used in this treatment include basil, sandalwood oil, bergamot, black pepper, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, Jasmine oil, rose oil etc. It is helpful in curing myriad of diseases like depression, headaches, migraines, skin bruises, urinary infections, joint inflammation, cold, influenza, hair loss, fatigue, indigestion, flatulence and insomnia.

Massage Therapy: This therapy is nothing but hands-on manipulation of muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments for alleviating tensions, stress and fatigue. This therapy originated in ancient Chinese and Indian traditional medications over 3000 years ago. Massage therapy was then taken to the western countries by Greek and Romans physicians. This form of treatment involves the use of various equipment and oils like orthopedic pillow, massage table, coconut oil, grape seed oil, macadamia oil, sesame oil, pecan oil, and mustard oil. There are over 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy techniques available today. Massage has proven beneficial for treating and curing several types of ailments like low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, and depression.

Cold Therapy: Under this therapy, the injured part of the body is treated or numbed with cold packs or a bag of ice for reducing pain or inflammation. Also known as Cryotherapy, this form of natural healing involves the use of cold bath or ice that helps in reducing sensitivity of painful areas and provides relaxation to muscle spasms. This type of therapy is mostly inexpensive and can be performed at home also. Cold therapy is really advantageous in treating back pain, sprains, ankle swelling, elbow tendinitis, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Magnetic Therapy: Those of you who don’t want to take oral  medications can even try their hands at magnetic therapy. Also known as bio magnetic therapy, this method uses some pulsed or static magnets to relive pain in the body. This treatment is safe, effective, non-invasive and drug free. This is one of the innovative and newly developed forms of healing naturally that places low level magnetic fields on the injured portion thereby leading to increased blood flow and stimulation of harmed tissues. The origin of magnetic therapy traces back to some 200 BC when Chinese for the first time made use of magnetic lodestones for correcting imbalance flow of the energy in human body. Devices used in this type of therapy ranges from small, simple magnets to large machines having the capacity to produce high magnitudes of field strength. The use of this therapy is valuable in curing migraine, rheumatism, cramp, gout, angina, insomnia, neck, back and knee pains.

Ayurvedic Medicines: Is the earliest form of traditional system of health care that was developed some 5000 years back in India. ‘Ayurveda’ derive its origin from words called ‘Ayus’ which means life principle and ‘Veda’ that refers to knowledge of life. Ayurvedic medicines meaning science of life is a comprehensive system of medicines that makes use of natural therapy along with an extremely personalized approach to the treatment of disease. It gives equal and balanced importance to our body, soul and mind for restoring the intrinsic harmony of the individual. Ayurveda is increasingly being used for treating acne, allergies, asthma, anxiety, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, flu, heart disease, hypertension, immune problems, inflammation, insomnia, colds, colitis, constipation, depression, diabetes, nervous disorders, obesity, skin problems, and ulcers.

Homeopathic Medicines: stem its origin from the two Greek words, ‘homoios’ which means "similar" and pathos that refers to “suffering" or "disease". This system of traditional medicine uses highly diluted doses extracted out from the plant, mineral and animal kingdoms for vitalizing and activating natural defenses in the body. Under this system, homeopathic practitioner takes a detailed medical history along with physical, mental and emotional state of the patient and then gives customized remedies for healing the problems.

Apart from these therapies and treatments, you can even go for other host of natural ways of releasing your both physical and emotional stress by following other methods such as hot stone massage, spa treatment, reiki, myofasical release, stress management, acupuncture, chiropractic, holistic medicine, and unani. Surprisingly, even yoga and meditation can work wonders for you. Both of them help in promoting deeper relaxation, improving proper blood circulation and vitalizing your body's natural healing processes.

Most importantly, taking out time for yourself, meditating, exercising, and breathing can also prove to be a boon in the healing processes. So folks, what are you waiting for? Just try these natural therapies and feel relaxed, refreshed and pain free. After all using natural treatments as a preventive medicine is a far better choice than band-aid approach.


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