Hypnotherapy, Homeopathy and Acupuncture in Alternative Health Care

There are many alternative health care options including hypnotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture and reflexology to name but a few.

During a hypnotherapy session the subject is put into a trance-like state by several different methods. The hypnotist then makes various suggestions in order to change the subject’s sensations, thoughts or behavior. The results vary from person to person, depending on their susceptibility – in many cases it can be very successful.

Homeopathic treatments are based on using very small amounts of a substance similar to that which may have caused the problem initially. This is said to stimulate the body’s own healing powers. This alternative therapy has its detractors but there is no doubt that it appears to work in some cases. This form of alternative health care has been around since the 18th century and has sometimes been described as ‘like cures like’.

Reflexology is an ancient Chinese form of alternative health care. Areas of the feet are manipulated with the therapist’s fingers and thumbs, not needles as with acupuncture. The therapist stimulates certain areas of the feet and this relates to corresponding parts of the body. It can be used to treat stress, chronic back pain and infertility for example.

Herbal remedies play a large part in alternative health care. There are hundreds of different types and they can be used to treat a wide range of disorders. However, care must be taken as they can react with conventional medicines. Many conventional medicines are, in fact based on herbs and plants. Digitalis (used for treatment of heart disease) comes from the foxglove and the painkiller Aspirin derives from willow bark. Herbal remedies are widely available from health food shops and come in the form of tablets, capsules, ointments, and teas amongst others. If your problem is more complicated it is possible to visit a practitioner. Take care when choosing a practitioner as anyone can set up as a herbal practitioner. Choose one who belongs to one of the professional bodies that regulate standards.

Ayurveda is another alternative health care tradition originating in India. With Ayurveda traditional herbal remedies are used in combination with yoga, massage, diet and meditation – a very holistic approach.

Many therapies including occupational, speech and physical can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. These therapies are invaluable for rehabilitation after a stroke or accident. Most medical insurance policies will support home health care.

Home health care is also available for mainstream patients. Qualified professionals can give help with pain management, changing dressings and care after illness or injury. The advantages are enormous – saving the time and expense involved in travelling to a suitable medical centre, preserving quality of life and privacy for example.

Studies have shown that patients receiving home health care recover more quickly than those who are cared for in institutions. A better atmosphere and the reassurance of being with family and friends all help the recovery process.

EFT – Free Alternative Health Care For Everyone?

In these economic times, health care is one of the biggest issues and concerns facing not only Americans, but people all over the world. Many people are actually being forced to choose between rent, food, and gas – or health care. Nobody should have to make such choices; but, even if you can afford health care and medical insurance, wouldn’t it be nice if you could solve most of your problems at home – at no cost, risk free, and possibly in minutes rather than the time it takes to drive to the doctor’s office and sit and wait and be seen, etc? Believe it or not, EFT has given me, and many others, exactly that gift – free, safe, quick, and effective, do-it-yourself health care.

So, what is EFT; and why do I say it’s free? Well, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a kind of “emotional acupressure” technique that helps turn-off the stress response and changes the way your body reads and responds to stressful or traumatic memories – just by thinking about the troubling issue or problem while tapping on some acupressure points. There’s a little more to the technique than that, but not much. You can literally learn EFT in a few minutes. Best of all, thanks to some free manuals and demonstration videos, you can learn enough about EFT to use the technique effectively on many of your own issues, problems, and symptoms – for free. And, once you know the technique, you can use it any time you want. The technique is always the same; the problem, or focus is all that changes.

Best of all, EFT is not medicine; nor is it invasive in any way. Using EFT doesn’t mean you can’t approach illness the way you did in the past; it just means you don’t have to – you have an easy alternative that’s safe, inexpensive, and highly effective with EFT. You can still go to the doctor’s office when you are experiencing anxiety; but, if you use the EFT technique on the way there, you are likely to pull into the doctor’s parking lot and wonder why you’re there! EFT is not intended to replace medicine, or medical advice; but, since the APA has estimated that perhaps as many as 90% of all trips to the doctor’s office are due to stress-related complaints, you’ve really got nothing to lose by tapping on your face and hands while calling your doctor – and you just might solve your own problems.

Developed in the mid-’90s by Gary Craig, EFT has quickly become one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine in the world – used every day by a growing number of physicians, psychiatrists, and therapists of all types. But you don’t have to be a physician to use EFT; anyone can learn this technique in minutes and begin using it to erase fears, phobias, allergic response, stress, anxiety, limiting beliefs, negative self-talk and even chronic health issues. College, Professional, Pan-Am, and Olympic athletes use EFT to help them with performance anxiety and distractions; and professional golfers use EFT to cure the “yips.” EFT is an alternative that has worked for millions of people with thousands of different problems. EFT can be used on anything because it is painless, quick, and non-invasive; in fact, the worst thing that can happen with EFT is that it just doesn’t seem to work. Then, you’re no worse off than you were when you started; and you’re always free to address your situation from any direction you choose.