There are many natural healing modalities for those who want to utilize them. Conventional medicine is good for a few things, like emergencies and serious medical conditions. But when it comes to preventing chronic diseases and acute illnesses, going the natural route is better for your health overall.
Alternative medicine shouldn't even be called alternative, since it was the original! All the ancient cultures used natural healing modalities, and the fact that we are the most unhealthy humans that have ever existed is proof that we need to go back to nature.
Natural healing does just that, it HEALS. Pharmaceutical drugs never cure you. They even make you more sick with all the side effects. They are not natural so the body cannot heal on it's own like it was designed to do.
The body needs the right nutrients and it needs to be free of toxins (as much as possible, anyway). Then it can heal. It is your job to make sure the body can heal itself, not make it's job harder by giving it a constant stream of poisons. By viewing drugs as a last resort, you may be able to cut down on the pills you take. That can save you money and reduce the risk of side effects.
Naturopathy is a broad term for the study of healing that focuses on nature. It includes a long list of specific healing modalities.
I will give a basic rundown of each of the main ones here.
Ayurveda means "science of life", and it has been used in India for a few thousand years. It is the only complete health system that is based on the body, mind and spirit. It is truly the best option for the holistic-minded person.
Ayurveda incorporates many things to promote balance for holistic health. Here are a list of just a few things used in Ayurveda;
Reiki is an energy-based healing modality in which the practitioner directs energy through the recipient's body.
Reiki has its roots in India. Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese doctor on a quest for spiritual healing, came upon a 1,000-year-old Buddhist manuscript detailing many healing methods. The word "Reiki" means Universal Life Force Energy.
On the emotional level, Reiki heals by dissolving the blocks we create through our negative judgments and thoughts. This “stuck” energy frequently appears as illness in the body.
Reiki is very effective for emotional and mental balance. Regular treatments will ensure that you don’t easily get stressed out. With mental balance comes better memory and clarity.
Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that uses very fine needles focuses on stimulating certain healing points along the energy meridians of the body. Acupressure is the same thing only using your fingers to use pressure on these points.
Iridology is the study of the iris. Once you learn what to look for, you can look up close at the iris and tell what state of health certain parts of your body are in.
Hypnotherapy, using hypnotism for healing, is done mostly for mental and emotional issues, such as quitting smoking or losing weight. You can also perform hypnotherapy on yourself, this is called auto-suggestion.
Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain areas of the hands and feet. Certain areas of the hands and feet are directly connected by nerves to organs, and by applying pressure to these areas, healing can take place.
When you have a cold or flu, your body is going through a natural reaction to a virus. These reactions need to run their course, this is why it is not suggested to suppress your symptoms with cold and flu medications. Natural healing is so important when you have a cold or the flu.
At the first sign of a cold, start doing these things and in most cases this will shorten the length of your cold or flu, and lessen the severity as well;
1. Your body needs rest. When you have a cold or flu, be sure to get more sleep than usual. Take naps, sleep longer when you go to bed, and in between don't do anything strenuous. In fact just getting up and walking around can drain you if your cold is bad enough.
Our bodies communicate with us by giving us a feeling, and we need to honor that feeling. If you feel exhausted, your body needs rest, plain and simple! In fact lack of proper rest is a main contributor to colds and flus. The immune system works best while you are sleeping.
2. Get plenty of fluids. Namely water and tea. Soda, energy drinks, or coffee are NOT proper fluids when you are sick. Also make sure the fluids are warm or hot. Drinking bone broth or chicken broth is also an excellent way to help your body heal itself.
You can also drink apple cider vinegar, the taste is harsh but you can mellow it out if you dilute it with water and/or add honey or lemon. Taking this in a small shot glass is the perfect size, and you can do this a few times a day.
3. Oil of Oregano is an excellent antimicrobial and antiviral treatment so it is good to take when you are sick. Take 1-2 drops a day and make sure it is medical/food grade.
4. Zinc fights colds and flus, you can take this in liquid form mixed with water or in lozenges.
5. Eat good. If you have a cold, eat things like chicken soup, fresh fruit and vegetables. This is not the the time to be eating pizza, burgers, and doughnuts.
If you have the flu and are vomiting, only drink broths, tea, and water. Once you feel you can handle solid food again, start with something like oatmeal or fresh fruit.
6. Garlic is good for the immune system, and if you aren't cooking anything you can still get some garlic by chewing on a small piece (harsh, but some people swear by it!) or chopping it up and putting it into your tea. You can also grind it up fine and spread on bread.
7. Honey is full of antioxidants, and also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. So it is invaluable to your immune system. Take by the spoonful a few times a day.
8. Eucalyptus oil. If your sinuses are clogged, Eucalyptus oil works wonders! Put a few drops of the oil in a diffuser or even a bowl of steamy water and breathe in the steam. A neti pot also works great for the sinuses.
9. Ginger is one of the best spices when you are sick. Using freshly grated ginger in tea is best. Ginger is especially good for nausea so it is a perfect tea to drink when you have the flu.
10. Vitamin C, of course!Last but certainly not least, up your intake of Vitamin C in the form of fruit if possible, or supplements if you don't have fruit handy.
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