A GUIDE TO NATURAL HEALING




6.02.2018



Introduction

The art of natural healing is a multi-faceted system of healthcare that is primarily non-invasive and gentle. As such, natural healing doctors often focus on aura and subtle energy as it emanates from a variety of tools and from the human body. This energy is assigned colours which combine to form auric fields and rainbow bodies.


When you are balanced and healthy, these colours are radiant and clear. However, when you are out of balance or ill, the colours might appear dim and faded. This is one of the primal tenets of natural healing medicine.


Another component of most natural healing therapies revolves around the chakras, or energy centre’s located along the spine and just outside the body. This area is also referred to as the etheric sheath. The chakras and their corresponding auras correlate with specific body parts and emotional issues.


That said, natural relies on the human body and its natural ability to heal itself. Historically, this often meant using such earth-based remedies as hydrotherapy, minerals, foods, baths, and lifestyle changes.


Today, natural healing is centred on activating and strengthening body systems to prevent disease and pain, and provide healing by using natural substances as remedies as opposed to factory-produced chemical medications.


Strictly speaking, these substances are used with little to no modifications to ensure that the delicate physical compounds and life force inside them are not destroyed or broken down. However, since few people gather herbs on their own any more (or follow the traditional medicine of the past), it follows that the emphasis on potency and purity has resulted in the processing of natural products and substances for use in natural healing.


Natural healers (also referred to as NDs or naturopathic doctors) also stress the prevention of disease and typically recommend diets filled with healing and healthy foods and drinks. These usually include herbs, vitamins, homeopathic remedies that are made from the consciousness or energy imprint of various substances, and TCM (or traditional Chinese medicine). These substances, according to natural healing philosophy, help people heal and return to balance.


That said, natural healing encourages body and mind healing to help patients rebalance and settle their spirit, emotions, and mind. It is also based on the belief that you are what you ingest. A concept that is primarily Native American, food is taken as medicine and patients are encouraged to change how and what they eat with a view to allow their bodies to heal and relax.


These dietary changes also go a long way in giving patients renewed energy even as they learn new ways to change and release on deeper spiritual, psychological, and emotional levels. Changing your diet can also help you learn more about your emotional relationship with and attachment to food.


Apart from the above, natural healing can teach you how to use flower essences and vibrational therapies made from the life force energy and consciousness of flowering plants that have been dissolved in water to make herbs, ointments, and other natural remedies, as well as activating the healing power of crystals and rocks.


These remedies are effective at knocking out symptoms. However, they also work on a deeper level to create balance and remind you of the perfection of your body, mind, and spirit.



What are the Benefits of Natural Healing Arts?

Compared to contemporary medicine, natural healing is an art that works effectively. Through it, you can increase your health, wellness, and goodness without necessarily having to resort to expensive medications that often come with unwanted side effects.


While it is desirable, you might not have to visit a natural healing expert or complementary therapist to benefit from the tenets and principles of natural healing. With some research, it is completely possible for you to improve your health and wellness, and heal yourself.


For instance, natural healing can show you how to use plant-based nutrition and certain herbs or essential oils. In the process, you will be able to gain from all the amazing benefits of natural healing.


Some plant-based nutritional options, herbs, and essential oils that are powerful in natural healing include, but are not limited to:

  1. Aloe Vera leaf gel/juice
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Echinacea tincture
  5. Eucalyptus essential oil
  6. Garlic
  7. Ginger
  8. Lavender essential oil
  9. Lemon
  10. Manuka Honey
  11. Tea Tree essential oil
  12. Turmeric

Along with the above, you should include leafier green vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, and kale, into your diet. Depending on what you decide to use and how you use it, some of these substances can be ingested internally as drinks or food. You can also use them in massage and as topical preparations. By so doing, you will be able to heal your body, mind, and soul in a naturally healthy way.


How Does Natural Healing Work?


So, exactly how does natural healing work? In effect, there are many ways you can take advantage of this form of health and wellness – including but not limited to massage therapy, acupuncture, and more.


The benefits of all these alternative therapies have, of course, been contested. As such, more research is needed to ascertain the efficacy and efficiency of most of these practices. However, this has by no means stopped people from touting the benefits that come with natural healing.


In 2008 for instance, more than 38% of all American adults reported that they had used alternative medicine at one point or the other. In the following sections, you will learn about some of the ways in which natural healing is done.



What are the Different Types of Natural Healing?


Some options when it comes to natural healing (which is also referred to as complementary or alternative medicine) include:


1. Acupressure


Acupressure is somewhat like acupuncture. The only difference is that no needles are used in acupressure. Instead, the natural healing practitionersuse their feet, elbows, and hands to apply pressure to certain points along the meridians of the body.


The theory behind this form of natural healing states that meridians are the channels that carry qi or ch’i (life energy) all through the body. As such, illness occurs when one of these meridians is out of balance or gets blocked.


To this end, acupressure is applied to relieve these blockages and ensure that energy starts flowing freely. In the process, this form of natural healing provides healing and wellness.


Pilot studies into acupressure have uncovered positive results. For instance, when it is applied to chemotherapy patients, it might decrease the occurrence of nausea. It is also effective at reducing the levels of anxiety and depression among people who have been scheduled for surgery.


2. Acupuncture

Although acupuncture sometimes connotes the idea of needles, the term is more descriptive of an array of different procedures designed to stimulate specific body points and parts.


The best-known form of natural healing and acupuncture involves a practitioner using thin needles to penetrate the body. However, electrical stimulation might also be used to achieve the same health effects.


Today, millions of Americans go for acupuncture every year. However, despite its popularity, there has been some controversy about its efficacy particularly among those who have not witnessed or felt the efficiency of natural healing.


Away from the critics, some studies have found that acupuncture and natural healing are helpful for depression and chronic pain.


3. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils, which are concentrated extracts from the blossoms, seeds, leaves, and roots of plants, to provide and promote healing. These oils can be massaged right into the body through the skin, inhaled, or even taken orally.


Each essential oil comes with its own specific role. Whereas some are used to treat infections and inflammation, others are more effective for promoting relaxation and alleviating stress.


Aromatherapy is one of the treatments that works well for reducing anxiety, depression, and pain.


4. Ayurvedic Medicine

Otherwise referred to as Ayurveda, Ayurvedic healing originated in India. Today, it is one of the forms of natural healing that has been in use for thousands of years before it made its way to complementary medicine.


Ayurvedic healers use a variety of methods and techniques – including but not limited to specialised diets, massage, and herbs. These are all designed to balance the spirit, mind, and body and promote overall health and wellness.


Studies into this natural healing method are rare, maybe because the practice includes so many different treatments. Therefore, it might be difficult to discern the effectiveness of Ayurvedic as a legitimate form of treatment and healing.


However, the simple fact that this system of treatment has persisted for so long and over, so many years is a suggestion that there are benefits for you to gain from it.


5. Balneotherapy

Otherwise referred to as hydrotherapy, this form of natural healing involves using water to provide therapeutic healing. Dating back to 1700 BCE,balneotherapy is based on the view that water is beneficial to the skin and that it works well in treating a variety of conditions, including but not limited to anxiety and swelling, as well as pain and acne.


Balneotherapy uses wraps, douches, and mudpack’s to reap the benefits of water and help with healing. Proponents of this form of alternative medicine have cited evidence that water is effective at boosting the immune system. However, research on the effectiveness of balneotherapy is still inconclusive.


6. Biofeedback

Most biofeedback techniques are designed to allow you to control your bodily processes – particularly those that happen involuntarily. These include skin temperature, muscle tension, blood pressure, and heart rate. By so doing, this form of natural healing works to improve such conditions as chronic pain, headaches, and high blood pressure.


As a patient, you will work with biofeedback therapists to learn some mental exercises and relaxation techniques to help with your natural healing. During your initial sessions, the therapists may attach electrodes to your skin to measure the state of your body. However, with time, you can start practicing the biofeedback techniques without equipment or a therapist.


Researchers are not yet sure why and how biofeedback works. However, studies show that it does work. The key component might be relaxation, because most of the people who benefit from this type of natural healing tend to have conditions and illnesses that are exacerbated or caused by stress.


7. Chiropractic

A form of natural healing that is now widely accepted in medical circles, chiropractic’s now qualifies as more than a simple complementary type of medicine unlike many other alternatives. It is focused on disorders that affect the nervous and musculoskeletal systems – including but not limited to pain in the head, legs, arms, joints, neck, and back.


The most common chiropractic procedure is spinal manipulation and/or adjustment. This typically involves applying control force – typically from the chiropractor’s hands – to the joints that have become hypo-mobile.


The idea behind this type of natural healing is that the movement of joint tends to become restricted when the surrounding tissue gets injured either through repetitive stress (such as by sitting in a posture for long periods of time) or during a single event, like when you tweak the muscle during weight-lifting sessions.


The chiropractic adjustment is intended to loosen the muscles and restore mobility in the affected area. By so doing, this allows the natural healing of the tissues and the effective resolution of any pain you might be feeling.


Studies on chiropractic care and health tend to affirm that it is efficient and dependable. Research also suggests that the practice works well to improve physical functioning and decrease pain among patients.


8. Homeopathy

Homeopathy is based on the principle of treating likes with likes. This means that the homeopathic healers might use substances that cause adverse reactions when taken in excess (or in large doses). However, the substance is applied in small amounts to treat the same symptoms – a concept that is also applied in conventional medicine. For instance, Ritalin is a stimulant that is used for treating ADHD patients.


That said, homeopaths will first gather as much information as they can about your background before they prescribe highly-diluted substances – typically in tablet or liquid form – to jumpstart your body’s natural healing systems.


Clinical evidence now shows that homeopathy might be more effective than most placebos used in studies. However, more research is required before the efficacy of this form of natural healing can be ascertained.


9. Naturopathy

Otherwise referred to as naturopathic medicine, naturopathy is based on the healing power of the earth and nature. As such, most of the doctors who use this form of natural healing are highly trained in both alternative and conventional medicine. They seek to understand the causes behind various conditions by exploring their spiritual, physical, and mental manifestations in patients.


In most cases, naturopathy involves many different treatment techniques. Some of the natural healing methods used include acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine, behavioural changes, and nutrition.


Since so many therapies are used, it might be difficult to design a study that specifically targets the effectiveness and efficacy of naturopathy. However, a recent study was used to evaluate the practice and its ability to heal lower back pain and came up with positive results.


10. Reflexology

As the term suggests, reflexology typically involves applying pressure to certain points on the ears, hands, and feet. This is a form of natural healing massage therapy which theorises that these points correspond to various body systems and organs.


Therefore, pressing on these pressure points is now believed to positively affect the corresponding organ. In the process, it works to improve your overall health and wellness. For instance, when you apply pressure to a spot on the arch of your foot, you may improve your bladder function.


You can use reflexology on your own or get a reflexologist to help you out. Today, millions of people all over the globe use this form of natural healing to complement the conventional treatments they are receiving for such conditions as asthma, kidney functions, diabetes, cancer, and anxiety.


Studies have also uncovered the fact that reflexology is effective at improving respiratory function among patients with breast cancer, as well as improving sleep and reducing fatigue.


11. Reiki

Reiki is another form of energy healing. It is founded on the philosophy that life force energy flows through each body. According to this idea, therefore, stress and sickness are an indication that your life force energy is relatively low while happiness, health, and energy are a sign that you have strong life force.


In Reiki sessions, the practitioner will try to transfer life energy to you by using different forms of natural healing and massage. For instance, they might lightly place their hands on your body or slightly away from your body. The healing might also be done from a long distance.


The main purpose of Reiki is to reduce pain, speed healing, promote relaxation, and improve your overall health and wellbeing. For the most part, there has been no regulation for those who practice it professionally.


Similarly, studies into the efficiency of this practice have come up with varied conclusions. Whereas some researchers have found the therapeutic touch of Reiki to be effective in treatment, others have come up with contrary findings.


What Tools are used in the Art of Natural Healing?


For centuries now, people have been turning to natural healing and remedies to deal with common ailments. These ailments include, but are not limited to toothaches, stomach upsets, and colds.


Today, the trend continues, and a variety of natural healing tools have made it down through the generations to the modern world. As the trend continues, it is not surprising that close to 4 out of every 10 adults have used one form of natural healing (or alternative medicine) according to a 2007 National Center for Health Statistics report.


There are a variety of effective natural healing methods and tools that you might want to try. These include, but are not limited to:


1. Natural Healing Oils


Most natural healing oils are essential oils. These are organic compounds that have been extracted from trees and plants, and they come with tremendous and effective healing properties.

When you use essential oils for natural healing, you should be able to enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Alleviate pain
  2. Balance hormones
  3. Fight flu and cold symptoms
  4. Heal Skin Conditions
  5. Improve digestion
  6. Reduce wrinkles and cellulite
  7. Relax your body
  8. Soothe sore muscles


The best natural oils are made of complex molecules, each of which has different benefits for the body. They are also effective at fighting disease, particularly if used under the supervision of an herbalist and natural health experts.


2. Natural Healing Stones


Stone healing is another form of alternative medicine in which stones and rocks are used to protect the body against disease and cure common ailments. This technique works well because the stones act as effective conduits for healing. In the process, they allow positive healing energy to flow right into your body while also directing negative disease-causing energy away from your body.


Some also use natural healing crystals to achieve the same effect – particularly at new age health clinics and health spas, as well as into the related practices of Reiki and massage.


3. Natural Healing Ointments


Injuries and wounds are a natural part of life – from furniture bruises to yardwork scrapes or burns while cooking and beyond. Luckily, there are many natural ointments that you can now use to deal with these conditions.


4. Natural Healing Salves and Creams


Natural healing creams and salves are also all the rage today. They are particularly effective at providing the healing power of herbs in the form of decoctions, infusions, tinctures, and salves.


Healing salves are now applied to deal with dry skin and provide healing magic to deal with a variety of conditions and irritations. From sunburn to getting burned while cooking, you can now count on these creams and salves to heal naturally and effectively. They are also recommended for:

  1. Chronic dry skin conditions
  2. Congested airways arising from chills and winter ills
  3. Cracked lips
  4. Minor skin bruises and abrasions
  5. Pimples and acne
  6. Rashes


Conclusion


Even as you go about your day to day life, there is so much more happening around and within you than you realise. Whether you are conscious of it or not, most life situations will cause you to respond spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.


Thankfully, you can now rely on a variety of natural healing remedies to treat any condition you might have. From natural healing foods to natural healing teas, there are many ways to treat mind, body, and soul right.


For instance, you can take natural healing waters for your gout and gallstones, or swim in it to get rid of a variety of health conditions – such as pimples, acne, and ugly burns or scalds.


Overall, if you have the right natural healing products from a legitimate source, you should no longer have any cause for concern. Whereas conventional medicine might not always work, there is now an alternative you can turn to.