A Brief Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

by Jerem on January 25, 2013

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There is no doubt that interest in natural health and alternative medicine has increased dramatically over the past few years.  The CDC’s most recent National Health Interview Survey reports that 38% of Americans used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within the last 12 months.  CAM is defined as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.”

In fact, out of pocket expenditures on CAM for the last 12 months were almost $34 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a B.  With all of the turmoil surrounding the healthcare debate, the debacle of the Obamacare rollout, and the still largely unaffordable costs, many people are looking for alternatives.

Natural healing is based on belief in the body’s ability to heal itself and support its own natural defenses. The holistic approach to wellness greatly promotes natural healing, with very minimal use of surgery and drugs only when absolutely necessary.  Natural healing does not discount traditional medicine – it is clearly very effective for acute care such as accident and trauma.  However, for long-term health and treating chronic conditions, natural remedies are far more effective.

Natural healing methods include acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbal treatments, etc. They are all meant to help people maintain their health and energy as well as recover from illness when necessary to improve their overall well-being.

A popular method called reflexology, involves using specific techniques of applying pressure to specific points in the feet and hands. Each of these points are directly related to a vital organ, such as the heart or the lungs. For example, let’s say you’re experiencing stomach cramps. To remedy this, one can apply pressure to the specific point in the foot that corresponds to the stomach.

Another form of natural healing therapies is aromatherapy. This method uses essential oils from various plants and other aromatic materials to enhance a person’s mood, concentration, and health. They are even used to treat some infectious diseases. These essential oils can also work by being rubbed onto and absorbed by skin.

Acupuncture uses long, thin needles that are pierced through specific nodes and points in the body. These needles are manipulated to stimulate the energy and blood flowing in the body to relieve pain and illnesses.

Another natural health and healing method is the use of various herbal remedies. These remedies have been around for centuries, and believe it or not, most of the compounds used in traditional medicine were derived from various plants. Elderberry helps improve recovery speed from influenza, feverfew relieves migraines, and even garlic and honey are found to effectively reduce overall cholesterol levels.

This is obviously a very brief intro to just a few of the natural healing techniques used today. Natural healing therapies, combined with healthy practices like proper diet and exercise mean you can live longer and enjoy a happier, healthier life.

To learn more from the best natural healing school I have found check out The School of Natural Healing.


Source: Who uses complementary and alternative medicine? BrainBlogger, 2014; National Health Interview Survey, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC, 2010

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