Health is much more than just not being sick. Being truly healthy means being physically, mentally, and emotionally well. When we focus on health as just the absence of disease state, we miss out on the opportunity to be truly healthy.
One of the limitations of Western medicine is that its main focus is on treating disease states. The focus is on treating when we’re already sick, not on facilitating holistic wellness, so we don’t get sick. This approach often overlooks the fact that imbalances in the body, mind, and spirit often lead to disease states.
Another limitation of Western medicine is its focus on using pharmaceutical treatments rather than exploring more natural and holistic treatments. Instead of focusing on making the body holistically well, medicines are prescribed to mask or treat symptoms. This is particularly problematic when treating pain and chronic pain as reliance on pharmaceuticals can lead to addiction.
Exploring Alternative Healing Modalities
These days, more people are acknowledging the limitations of Western medicine’s approach to health. These people often seek out alternative healing modalities to address their health issues. Many find that combining these alternative healing modalities with traditional Western medicine leads to better overall health.
Here are a few healing modalities to try if you’re looking for alternatives to Western medicine or to complement treatment you’re already receiving.
Acupuncture is one of many healing modalities that comes from the tradition of Chinese medicine. It involves placing very thin needles into specific places in the body called acupressure points.
Chinese medical practitioners have been using acupuncture to treat disease states and improve overall wellness for centuries. They believe that the insertion of the needles helps to redirect energy, or chi, within the body to resolve blockages and imbalances. Energy imbalances and blockages are believed to be the cause of various disease states. So, redirecting the flow of energy via acupuncture treats the disease states.
Western medicine approaches acupuncture from a scientific perspective. Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates certain nerve endings, muscles, and fascia, which helps to relieve pain.
Whether you approach acupuncture from the traditional Chinese perspective or the Western, scientific perspective doesn’t matter. What matters is that it works to relieve pain, correct imbalances, and improve overall wellness.
During an acupuncture session, you’ll lie on a table like a massage table. The acupuncturist will gently place needles in your body based on where your pain or sickness exists. The needles will be left in for a period of time, usually 15-30 minutes. Then the acupuncturist will remove them and the session is complete.
2. Energy Work
Most traditional Eastern medicine practices include some form of energy work.
Energy work is based in the belief that our bodies are powered by a fundamental internal energy. When this energy is allowed to flow freely throughout the whole body, the body, mind, and spirit are healthy. When this energy becomes blocked or unbalanced disease states occur in the body, mind, and spirit.
Using energy work, trained practitioners can detect these energetic blockages and imbalances. Then they can move and balance the body’s energy so it can flow freely again. When the energy is balanced and flowing properly, disease states resolve.
Practitioners trained in energy work use their hands to sense energetic states, either by hovering their hands over the body or placing their hands on the body. Then they use their hands to redirect the energy to different parts of the body.
During an energy work session, you’ll lie on a table much like a massage table. You may feel the practitioner’s hands on you, or you may just feel their presence and the movement of your own energy. Sessions usually last about an hour and results will be felt over the next couple of weeks.
Cupping is another healing modality that comes from traditional Chinese medicine. In this practice, heated glass cups are placed on the skin, creating a suction between the skin and the cup. The cups are left on for 5-10 minutes and then removed by the practitioner.
The suction created by the heated cup draws blood flow to the area where the cup is placed. Increased blood flow to the area helps the tissue heal and promotes new cellular growth. Cupping is often used to treat sore muscles or muscular injuries.
Cupping is also used to treat a variety of disease states because the cups can be placed on acupressure points, much like the needles used in acupuncture. In fact, cupping is often paired with acupuncture to amplify the benefits.
Like acupuncture and energy work, cupping also helps balance the body’s internal energies, which helps resolve many disease states of the mind, body, and spirit.
Alternative healing modalities have long acknowledged the power of the mind to heal the body. This belief doesn’t imply that all disease states are psychosomatic. Rather, it suggests that we can use the mind to tell the body how to function more optimally.
In biofeedback therapy you can learn how to use visual or auditory cues to change the way your body is reacting to a certain situation. Some biofeedback methods include learning to slow your respiration and heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and relax your muscles.
A biofeedback therapy session includes using devices to measure what your body is doing and then using the results to determine which techniques would be helpful in resolving your issues. For example, a sensor is placed on a place where you’re feeling pain to measure muscle tension. If the sensor indicates that your muscles are extremely tense, your pain may be resolved by learning mind-body techniques to relax your muscles.
People who love data respond very well to biofeedback because it makes them more aware of what their body is doing.
5. Psychic Readings
Many people have also turned to alternative methods of diagnosing their medical issues. Western medicine’s reliance on diagnostic testing often leaves people frustrated. They get misdiagnosed or continually hear that their issues cannot be diagnosed.
When Western medicine isn’t giving them the answers they need, some turn to psychics to identify what’s wrong. Trying asking these questions during a session to get a better idea of what’s happening in your body, mind, and spirit.
Trying Alternatives to Western Medicine
Being healthy is so much more than just not being sick. Being truly healthy requires the understanding that disease exists in the body, mind, and spirit. So, treating disease means treating the body, mind, and spirit. And being truly healthy means maintaining the body, mind, and spirit to prevent disease states.
For many, Western medicine isn’t enough to treat and maintain the body, mind, and spirit. And its approach to health as simply the absence of disease falls short.
If you feel like Western medicine is falling short for you, check out these alternative healing modalities as soon as possible. You’ll probably feel better than you ever have before.
For more information about the best ways to maintain your health, check out the Health section of our website.