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Balneotherapy

Introduction:

Balneotherapy involves treating health problems by bathing, usually in hot springs and other naturally mineral-rich waters. Long practiced in alternative medicine systems all over the world, balneotherapy is often offered at spa, wellness centers, and hot springs resorts. Balneotherapy is thought to promote healing by increasing circulation, encouraging detox and easing stress. In addition, the minerals found in hot springs (such as sulfur and magnesium) are said to fight off illness by nourishing the organs and stimulating the immune system.

Alternate Names

  • Bath Therapy
  • Hot Springs Immersion
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Spa Therapy
Uses
Principal Proposed Uses

Other Proposed Uses

Arthritis

Mineral baths may be somewhat helpful for people with osteoarthritis. It can help treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Fibromyalgia

Balneotherapy may help treat fibromyalgia, according to a small study published in Rheumatology International in 2002. Study results showed that those treated with balneotherapy showed significant improvements in some fibromyalgia symptoms and in depression (a common problem among people with fibromyalgia).

Low Back Pain

In a 2005 study from Research in Complementary and Natural Classical Medicine, scientists found that bathing in sulfurous mineral water may help alleviate low back pain.

Conclusion:

Overall evidence is insufficient to show that balneotherapy is more effective than no treatment, that one type of bath is more effective than another or that one type of bath is more effective than mudpacks, exercise or relaxation therapy.

If indeed it does work, balneotherapy could act through the effects of heat, both locally (on muscles, joints and skin), and systemically, through absorption of substances, such as sulfur through the skin.

Auriculotherapy.

Introduction:

Auriculotherapy is a form of acupuncture and uses a special tool and stimulates through specific points on the ear… Auriculotherapy is similar to ear acupuncture but without needles.  The treatment is virtually pain-free.

While ear acupuncture has been practiced in Asia over 2,000 years and auriculotherapy has been used in continental Europe for the past 40 years, it is only recently been considered by most medical doctors in the United States…

Mode of action:

The mode of action of Auriculotherapy is that every part of the external ear connects through the micro system remote reflexes to every part of the body, a wide variety of health problems are relieved by auriculotherapy. Almost all health conditions can be affected to some degree by stimulating reactive ear points. The most commonly reported uses of auirculotherapy have been for the control of chronic pain, detoxification from addictive drugs, relief of nausea, and reduction of hypertension.

The range of responses to an auriculotherapy session are quite varied, but it is common that a patient suffering from severe pain will notice mild to marked reduction of their complaint on the very first session. This reduction in their pain experience can actually improve for the next several hours after treatment, but the benefits often begin to subside several days after the first treatment. With each successive treatment, the degree of pain relief usually becomes more and more prominent and the duration of pain relief progressively extends from several days to several weeks .In case of drug detoxification or the cessation of smoking, the benefits of auriculotherapy can last several days after just one or two auriculotherapy treatments.

Benefits of Auriculotherapy:

  • Chronic pain, especially lower back pain.
  • Insomnia and other sleep issues.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Stress.
  • Infertility.
  • Migraine and other head pain.
  • Addiction.

Contraindications for auricolotherapy:

The only contraindication for Auriculotherapy is treating an open wound on the ear.

Conclusion:

Auriculotherapy is a great complementary therapy and can be used to improve the body’s flow of energy, balance hormones, and regulate your nervous system

THE LAWS OF HOLISTIC HEALTH.

Introduction:

Health can be looked upon as a spectrum, where one end is positive health and the other extreme is death.  Most persons are seemingly not ill, but from the Holistic point of view, AVERAGE HEALTH IS NO HEALTH AT ALL.

Causes of diseases:

Holistic health specialists believe that diseases result from causes such as:

  • An acute disease, which has been treated incorrectly.
  • Allopathic Medicines used can cause chronic ill health, as they are foreign to the human body.
  • Biological inheritance from the parents and ancestors, which belongs to the field of Genetics.
  • The Polluted environment can result in diseases.
  • The disordered mind, with faulty ambitions and unrealistic desires.

Holistic laws of health:

  1. The Law of Excretion: This law is inherent to every cell. The elimination of toxins is of paramount importance for healing the human body.
  2. The Law of Assimilation: In a disease state, the nutrition must be balanced and absorbable by the body.  The nutrition may vary from water, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and glucose.  In some conditions, fasting the patient helps the elimination process and aids in healing.
  3. The Law of Flow:  The circulation of the body is important to heal the body.  The circulation within each cell is important to improve the intra-cellular metabolism. The proper circulation of the Vital Energy or ‘Prana’ is important to achieve Spiritual health.
  4. The Law of Relaxation:  This law is important for healing of the body.  It helps improve the circulation and includes Relaxation, Massage, Hydrotherapy, Calisthenics, Yoga, Pranayama and deep breathing exercises.
  5. The Law of Emotion:  This law mainly deals with the control of the mind, unwanted desires and negative emotions.

Conclusion:

The five laws of health are Holistic laws.  The application of these laws in life will help those with average health achieve optimum health, as intended by nature.  When these laws are applied along with higher spiritual laws governing the soul, then Supra-normal health is achieved and the mind, body and soul of the person are attuned to the “Divine Consciousness”.

PAST LIVES THERAPY.

Introduction:

Reincarnation is an ancient belief, widely believed by the Hindus and the Buddhists and even great thinkers from the west.

Reincarnation is not accepted by the Church, but research by Western Medical Schools have shown that reincarnation exists and many persons actually remember their past lives during “Regression” in Hypnosis.

The most famous case was that of Shanti Devi, a girl of three from Delhi, who recalled the details of her former life in a town of Mutta about eighty miles away.  She identified all her past life relatives and her home and indicated the place where money had been buried and later removed by her family.

Reincarnation is a controversial subject, but researchers like Dr. Ian Stevenson, School of Medicine at the University of Virginia have presented cases studies where past life has been verified scientifically.

Dr. Morris Netherton and Dr Helen Wambach from California are the pioneers of Past Life Therapy and have used Hypnotic Regression and Psychotherapy to help patients get rid of anxieties and phobias.

Dr. Weiss, a Miami based Psychiatrist has written a book, MANY LIVES MANY MASTERS, about the life of one of his patients whom he regressed and found of that she had live 86 past lives and recalled many of them vividly and most of her fears and anxieties experienced in this life were due to bad experiences in her past lives.

The Methodology:

Past Lives Therapy combines Hypnotherapy and Regression to take the patient to his past life and seen the mental anguish that he suffered.  For example; a person suffering from fear of air travel may be suffering because he might have been killed in an air accident in the past life.  The patient is made to relive this past life experience during hypnosis, in a detached manner.   This structured therapy is seen to help patients resolve unexplained anxiety and phobias.

Conclusion:

Past Lives Therapy works effectively in persons who are open minded about it.  It is clear that human consciousness registers sensory impressions and memory patterns that extend back further than the present life span.

Art therapy.

Introduction:

Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic connection.

Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensor-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.

Who are art therapists?

Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by principled standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists’ work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.

Art therapists can work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in diverse settings. Some examples include:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Veteran’s clinics
  • Private practice
  • Psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Crisis centers
  • Forensic institutions
  • Senior communities

There are 5 main types of art therapy:

Painting

Collaging

Photography
Digital art

Textiles

How does art therapy help the distressed?

Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.

Conclusion:

Art therapy can help people with chronic/terminal illness:  As art therapy helps in expressing feelings, it can also help patients to regain their sense of freedom and control. – People who cannot express their feelings: People who cannot express their feelings can use art therapy to show their emotions without any verbal communication.