Not every person trusts in or has luck with alternative Western medicine. Maybe, you are the one of those who tried everything and cannot seem to get better, or you just want to examine some different method of healing your ailments.
That is where holistic medicine comes in. You have probably heard of some popular types of alternative medicine such as acupuncture and massage. But, there are also some unusual types of holistic medicine which you probably haven’t heard of, such as snake massage and rebirthing.
Continue reading in order to learn all about these strange types of traditional medicine, which, surprisingly work.
Healing Treatments #1: Reiki
This is a type of energy healing. Reiki is healing which is based on the idea that everything from you to the Reiki practitioner to a rock on the ground has a common energy. Channeling, as well as manipulating this energy can work to heal both physical and mental ailments.
During this treatment, you are usually laying on a massage table. The difference between Reiki and massage is that, often, a Reiki practitioner is not going to touch you. They are going to move their hands to hover over various areas of your body, as well as focus on spiritual awakening to heal whatever bothers you.
A lot of scientific studies have shown the benefits of Reiki for bot mental, as well as physical problems.
Healing Treatments #2: Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for healing some diseases and disorders.
Such oils are extracted from different types of roots, as well as plants, seeds, and leaves, with each of them used for diverse types of healing. These oils are often rubbed onto the skin, but they are sometimes ingested or inhaled via a diffuser too.
Several of the most common types of oils used are eucalyptus and lavender. Eucalyptus is known for decongestant properties and helping with simple illnesses such as cold and flu. Lavender is usually used for relaxation, stress relief, as well as skin care and wound healing.
Healing Treatments #3: CBD Oil
Just like the essential oils, CBD oil is isolated from a natural plant. The unusual thing about this oil is that it comes from marijuana.
Now, we can suppose what you think. That pot is for stoners, hippies, as well as people that live in California. While that is not untrue, CBD oil is for everyone and it can be used to help a number of health problems, both physical and mental in nature.
CBD oils also contain no THC, which actually means that it will not get you high. The main component in it is cannabidiol, which is also known as CBD. CBD oil has been known to help in lessening the symptoms of depression, as well as preventing seizures, helping with pain management and reducing inflammation.
Healing Treatments #4: Rebirthing
When compared to the other things on the list of alternative medicine so far, this is by far the most bizarre one. Rebirthing is actually a type of “breathwork” therapy which attempts to mimic the traumatic experience that you had as a baby being born.
This suggests a question: why would you ever want to do this? Apparently, reliving such traumatic experience with focused, as well as deliberate breathing techniques can help you relieve you of current trauma.
Patients that practiced this say that it helps them to relieve both emotional, as well as physical pain.
Healing Treatments #5: Beer Baths and Spas
No, this is not only a frat guy’s million dollar Shark Tank idea. This is actually a legitimate healing method where you bathe in a huge tub of hot, yeast, as well as bubbly beer.
Soaking yourself in a tub of this hot alcoholic beverage will apparently help you to soothe muscles and promote relaxation. According to some studies, soaking in beer can help you in reducing wrinkles, as well as improving skin conditions such as eczema or rashes.
Also, you can sip on a beer while in the beer bath for the ultimate meta beer experience.
Healing Treatments #6: Cryogenic Therapy
When you think of this type of cryogenic therapy, you might think of that scene in Austin Powers where he is frozen in a block of ice to preserve him to fight evil in the future.
This is not too far off from what it really is. Cryogenic therapy involves standing in a chamber where nitrogen gas with a temperature of about -200 degrees Fahrenheit surrounds your entire body. You are going to be naked except for the cute little coverings around your junk, in order to prevent them from getting frostbitten (this is seriously said).
Exposure to such extreme temperatures has been shown to be very helpful with muscle healing, reduction of inflammation, weight loss, migraine relief, as well as anxiety/depression relief and more.
Healing Treatments #7: Leeching
Most people like to avoid leeches, and they pretend that they do not exist. But, some people seek out these blood-sucking slugs in order to help with wound healing.
Leeches are great at sucking blood as when they latch on the chemicals in their saliva improve the blood flow and thin out blood. Putting a leech on a wound, an area with blood clots or an area which needs increased circulation is going to help break up clots, increase the blood flow, as well as promote would healing.
Healing Treatments #8: Snake Massage
We are all familiar with the fact that massaging muscles can promote relaxation, release muscle tension, as well as reduce headaches, improve circulation and even more. But, why get a massage from a massage therapist when you could get massaged by multiple snakes writhing all over your body?
That is the premise behind snake massage. You will get every benefit of the massage, but it is also going to be performed by snakes. A pile of snakes is going to be placed on your body where their slithering bodies are going to relieve muscle tension.
Healing Treatments #9: Urine Therapy
Why not save the last place for one of the grossest types of traditional medicine for last? According to proponents of urine therapy, drinking your own urine apparently has some excellent benefits.
It is thought that the minerals, as well as salts and vitamins that are found in our urine, can help us to improve our overall health. This is up for debate, with some people saying that the taste, as well as the potential toxins, poses a threat. Others cannot wait to chug their pee in order to reduce inflammation and liver health.
Well, you can decide on this one.
Strange types of holistic medicine which actually work: wrapping up.
Our health is a serious subject for every one of us, and a lot of people are not finding the relief that they need from alternative Western medicine. The good news is that there are hundreds of types of alternative medicine that actually work and that can help us relieve some of the worst symptoms.
If you have enough courage to drink your own pee or get massaged by snakes, you can let us know if it worked for you.
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