Natural Healing is the utilization of those things that exist in nature; that aren’t altered by chemicals, synthetic substances or man. It is the most powerful energy vibration at our disposal. There are many areas of health that work on frequency or energy. Today there are many therapies utilized by orthodox doctors in order to offer their patients more effective, less
expensive, and safer treatments without the side effects that are so often experienced with conventional drug treatment. The terms Alternative, Holistic, and Complementary are all referring to Natural Healing. Alternative medicine is really about choices, individualized health care, prevention and of course treatments that deal more directly with the cause of a problem verses symptoms. As more people become unsatisfied and disillusioned with orthodox health care, Naturopathic Physicians are being sought out as a way of combining the best of both worlds. The medical establishment is more willing to accept Clinical Naturopaths more than any other alternative practitioners because of their vast knowledge and training in various fields. The Naturopath will view the person as a whole and work on correcting disturbances in the body that are directly related to the cause of the manifestations that we view as symptoms. Different paths are utilized depending on the individual and the willingness of acceptance to different treatments.
- Colon Hydrotherapy is used to detox poisons from the colon that are creating disturbances or imbalances in “all” areas of the body. If the colon is overloaded with toxins than it will channel these poisons into the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs or lymphatics. Thereafter, it will manifest in the weakest link in the body genetically.
- Herbal Medicines are frequently used as tonics and nutritive agents to strengthen weak systems.
- Hydrotherapy is used for circulation and lympathic stimulation.
- Dietary supplements and glandular extracts may also be used to overcome nutritional deficiencies.
- Homeopathy is used to correct energy imbalances, a disturbance of the body’s “vital force.”
- Acupuncture uses hair thin needles and/or electrodes to direct and re-channel body energy that stimulates certain nerve cells to release chemicals found in the spine, muscles and brain. These chemicals help relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s pain-relieving substances. They also stimulate the release of other chemicals and hormones that normalize body processes.
- Massage therapy effectively treats chronic inflammatory conditions by increasing limbic circulation, promotes mucous and fluid drainage from the lungs, calms the nerves, promotes muscle relaxation and helps break up scar tissue and adhesions which develop as a result of injury.
- Chiropractors focus on misalignments in the spine, known as subluxations, that cause nerve interference, and result in both pain and reduced immune response. A subluxation can have a direct effect on organ function.
- Reflexology or zone therapy clears the pathways of energy flow throughout the body, to return body balance, and increaseimmune response. It also stimulates the lympathic system to eliminate wastes adequately, and the blood to circulate easily.
- Biofeedback uses electronic devices to give auditory, verbal, and visual information back to the body about how it is working. It is used to treat tension headaches, migraines, anxiety, partial paralysis, muscle pain, irritable bowel syndrome, facial tics, and cerebral palsy.
- Guided Imagery is a communication technique for accessing the network between mind and body as a source of power in the healing process. It is used to overcome chronic pain, persistent infections, shrink tumor growths, minimize discomfort from all kinds of acute injuries, and to encourage better performance with athletes.
- Hypnotherapy is an artificially induced mental state that heightens receptivity to suggestion to access the deepest levels of the mind in order to effect positive changes in a person’s behavior. It has therapeutic applications for both psychological and physical disorders.
- Enzyme Therapy falls into 3 categories: metabolic, digestive, and plant enzymes. It is the life force in the foods we consume. No vitamin, mineral, or hormone can do its job without enzymes. They act as catalyst for every activity, and are involved in every bio-chemical process. Because of the sensitivity of the enzymes they are easily destroyed at temperatures above 120 degrees. That means that when we eat foods that are cooked they are void of enzymes, and therefore difficulty in digestion often takes place.
- Aromatherapy uses plant oils (or distilled condensations) to produce physical and emotional effects in the body. These essential oils work on different levels to accelerate healing, especially restoring energy and body balance through the nervous system. The Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs and flowers, which accounts for the deep subconscious effects on emotions, triggering memory, and altering attitudes. They are also used medicinally to correct various physical malfunctions. There are many other areas of Natural Healing; we have touched upon only a few. If you are tired of being sick and are willing to take responsibility for your health, confront your doctor about what you can do to enhance the healing process as a compliment to the treatments under his recommendation, or seek out a professional in any one of the areas of Natural Healing.
By: Dr. Terri Hawkins