Other Approaches to Health

“No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance.

The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.”

Deepak Chopra

Index

In addition to the medical conditions and descriptions of approaches to health which have merited a page on their own, this page in progress contains, in alphabetical order, comment on other conditions, ideas, and approaches to health and well-being. Most are based on those of which I have had some experience either personal or that of family, friends, and clients.

The intention is to make people aware of the broad range of diverse approaches to treatment, health, and healing and to inspire them to researching those areas that are of note to them.

We cannot hope to include every condition and form of treatment. But if there is one which you feel merits inclusion, please make contact in the first instance by writing briefly using our contact form. If I can’t help, I shall say so.    

In producing this list we are by no means suggesting that you give up on conventional medicine. But CM has to recognise that it can be slow to diagnose, and waiting lists, by the time you have waited to be seen  by a consultant and then waited for treatment, can take up to a year by which time your condition can have deteriorated and in the meantime you have had very poor level of well-being. (I have numerous personal examples where I have waited for more than a  year to get treatment.)

Acupuncture (see also TCM on this page)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years.

 

TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and Tai Chi or Qi Gong, to treat or prevent health problems and certainly to promote well-being.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Its practitioners are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques, also developed and refined for thousands of years. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and how energy flows within your system. Your symptoms and how you live life are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy. Acupuncture is therefore a holistic system that addresses the root cause of your illness as well as relieving the symptoms.

It is used in many NHS general practices, as well as the majority of pain clinics and hospices in the UK and can be accessed through private practitioners.

 

Useful links

NHS Acupuncture 

The British Acupuncture Council   

The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture  

 

Archetypes

 

When we refer to someone as a “right little princess” and  to someone as a “backstabber” we all know what is meant : the princess can be found in both women and men and is the person who believes them self to be more important than those around them, a bit of a diva, deserving of special treatment, and the backstabber we know to be someone who would do anything to get to the top, even if it meant ruining the lives or careers of others.

 

What might be your archetype and how does it play out in your life – for good or not so good?

 

If you want to explore your personality or spiritual development, then consider finding out about archetypes.

 

The term "archetype" has its origins in ancient Greek. The root words are archein, which means "original or old"; and typos, which means "pattern, model or type". Together the words mean an "original pattern" from which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are derived, copied, modelled, or emulated.

The concept of archetypes was originated by the psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung, when he developed his theory of the human psyche. He believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of all of us.

 

Archetypes evoke deep emotions and are patterns of behaviour that can aid and influence our mental, emotional, and spiritual growth as human beings.

Useful links

Summary of key archetypes for heroes and heroines  

 

How to work with your archetype

  

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

The anecdotal evidence of Apple Cider Vinegar’s (ACV) uses and benefits abounds and you have the right to make up your own mind.

 

It’s been used for centuries both for cleaning around the house and for medicinal remedies, many of which are supported by science. This includes weight loss, reduced cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes; it reduces inflammation, and relieves everything from arthritis to leg cramps.

 

Some people take one to two teaspoons a day, mixed in a glass of water, before meals or to start the morning. I add a couple of teaspoons to soups and stews, and sprinkle at least a tablespoonful over salad.

 

 

Useful links

 

Dr Axe

Dr Mercola    

Mind Body Green

 

 

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Apps 

The world of technology is changing, and changing fast. And that also means the world of apps and especially ones that make life easier, help us be more aware and informed, make it simple to track and monitor our health and well-being.

The word "app" is an abbreviation for "application", a piece of software that can run on a web browser or offline on your computer, and on a smartphone phone, tablet or other electronic device, including smart TVs and smartwatches.

Apps may or may not have a connection to the internet.

 

You can download both free and paid apps. The new NHS (England and Wales) app is

intended to make it quicker and easier to access services from December 2018.

 

You can get apps for almost any topic you care to think about – from meditating to

purchasing from your preferred supermarket, from tourist apps for cities, countries, and

leisure pursuits, to health apps which motivate you to reach your health and fitness goals

by tracking your activity, exercise, sleep, weight and more.  Read more    ... 

 

Arthritis

...  is an acute or chronic inflammation of a joint.

The term describes around 200 conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. It is a rheumatic condition ie of or relating to any of various diseases and disorders that chiefly affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones and are characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling in and around one or more joints.

 

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Other common rheumatic conditions related to arthritis include gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Excellent information – descriptions, causes, treatments, can be found on the websites of the NHS and  Arthritis Research UK 

Useful Links

The Metaphysical perspective on arthritis

BBC Action Line 

Very often BBC TV and Radio programmes carry documentaries and story lines on specific health conditions  and social issues. Often too at the end of such programmes they will refer you to the Action Line where you can get supporting information and support for issues covered in recent programmes eg  debt, depression, elder abuse, forced marriage, macular degeneration, pregnancy issues, sexual abuse, to name but a few.

ITV has its Advice Line giving support, advice information relating to issues airing in current programmes.

 

Bioenergy

Bioenergy uses the life sustaining energy of the Universe, sometimes called Prana, Qi,  light, electromagnetic field, life-force, etc., to balance the client’s energy body on a quantum level and so trigger’s the body’s healing mechanism. The practitioner helps stimulate the immune system, so the body can heal.  Bioenergy healing can be conducted on an individual basis, at a distance or even in groups.  The healing energy is amplified when the practitioner works in groups.  The Bio Energy Healing Method is a form of healing that has been practised in most cultures for thousands of years. It comes under the heading of alternative healing and its origin is based on the most natural form of healing – our very own – pure energy.  

Many in the area of alternative energy therapy or bio Energy therapy describe this method as “channeling”  life-force energy to the client to help balance, clear, charge, and energise the client’s energy field.

Bio energy healing in summary:-

Balances electromagnetic fields in and around the body

Directly boosts the immune system

Eliminates pain

Helps achieve peak performance, in life, athletics, at work, etc.

Improves blood circulation

Regenerates body tissue

The practitioner doesn't use his/her own energy, but rather directs the universal life-force, which directs all the energetic information the body needs to heal itself, to the part of the body where it is needed or removes excess energy from where there is too much.

The practitioner doesn't do the healing or diagnose illnesses but acts as a facilitator, a conduit for the life-force working within the biofield, through hands on and hands off techniques.  Only the individual body is capable of healing itself.

Useful links

What is bioenergy healing?  

Introduction to Bioenergy    

CBD Oil

More and more we see television adverts for CBD Oil companies in the UK.

CBD oil is legal in the UK because hemp is legal in the UK.

 

Hemp and marijuana both come from the same species of plant—cannabis. However, hemp is generally harvested from a subspecies of the Cannabis genus, which, unlike marijuana, has virtually no psychoactive (THC) properties. See Medical Jane for more detail.  

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant. It is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant Cannabinoid in cannabis after THC.

In the hemp plant, however, THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring body systems, but is non-psychotropic, ie it doesn’t cause a high.

 

CBD products that are produced using Cannabis Sativa L. (hemp) are able to be legally sold in the UK as food supplements. The Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC defines a food supplement as food products which supplement a normal diet and which are concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physical effect.

Hemp has been used as a nutritionally rich ingredient for thousands of years. Its also one of the oldest and most sustainable crops to be grown in the world.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.

In 2018 CBD Oil has gained momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety. Key reported benefits include:-

  • Alleviation of cancer related symptoms like nausea, vomiting and pain

  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties

  • May benefit the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure

  • Potential relief of depression and anxiety

  • Relief of pain

  • Treatment of acne

  • Treatment of neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumour effects. In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation

Useful links

 

For more detail, please go the Healthline website.  

Or the Dr Axe website  

CBD Oil in the UK

Daily devotions

A devotional is when you take time out to devote yourself to whatever or whomever you believe in – God, Spirit, Nature, The Universe and so on.

 

A number of years ago I decided to spend Christmas in Egypt. Christmas eve, a small party of us decided to walk to the top of Mount Sinai at night to prepare to see the dawn on Christmas day. For some in the group it was just a chance to walk up a famous mountain and see the sun. To the Christians among us it held a special Christian-based resonance. To those who worshipped nature it was an opportunity to honour and respect the elements. And for some it was a deeply spiritual experience. Same mountain, same sun, but meant so many different things to different people.

You don’t have to go hiking up a famous religious mountain; a walk in nature, sitting in your garden, being in your own home made sanctuary or by your own home-made altar - to each their own way and own devotional.

 Most devotionals work to a simple, but powerful format. For example, you may begin

with a reading – from a Bible scripture reference, or follow the daily devotions in

A Course in Miracles, or other texts you may find on line. The reading reference is the

root of the devotional and is a starting point for your reflection.

 

Sometimes you may sit in silence, reflecting on the reference text or listening to inspirations

from your preferred source eg God, Spirit, Nature, The Universe. Sometimes the reflection,

which is the body of the devotional, is written by an author to help you focus on the words

and the teaching. Usually you would end with a prayer that relates to the written text and

the reflection.

Useful links

The Radical Healer   

ACIM  

Marianne Williamson in America has devoted much of her life to studying and teaching and provides many resources.  

EFT  Emotional Freedom Technique

 

Energy psychology –  now widely recognised in the UK – is more often known as Energy Tapping or EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique.

 

EFT provides you with keys to unlock psychological (emotional) issues by helping you to understand and use the power of your own energy system.  It works well with other techniques such as goal setting, reframing negative beliefs, creating and regularly using positive affirmations,  using visualisations; it makes it easier, and quicker, to get to the point where you can let go your limiting beliefs and step into your own power and truly, unconditionally Love your Self. When you can do that, life works!

 

Here’s what the experts say about it.  

Useful links

How to do the basics of EFT tapping

Dr Mercola EFT

Energy medicine


 

Left Brain Definition – from our linear, logical, rational, masculine brain: "Conventional medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the biochemistry of cells, tissue, and organs. Energy Medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the energy fields of the body that organize and control the growth and repair of cells, tissue, and organs. Changing impaired energy patterns may be the most efficient, least invasive way to improve the vitality of organs, cells, and psyche." - David Feinstein, Ph.D.

 

Right Brain Definition - from our more creative, expressive, compassionate, feminine brain : "Energy is your body's magic! It is your life force. You keep it healthy and it keeps you healthy. If you are sick or sad, shifting your energies feels good. When you care for these invisible energies, it makes your heart sing and your cells happy!" - Donna Eden, renowned energy healer

 

Energy medicine helps heal the body by activating the body’s own natural healing energies; you also heal the body by restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. It is both a complement to other approaches to medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness and emotional, mental, or spiritual conditions, and can also promote high-level wellness and peak performance.

Energy medicine is energy healing or energy therapy. It's an emerging form of complementary and alternative medicine thought its origins are found throughout the ancient world, noted in Christianity, as well as other Western and Eastern religions.

 

Early medical practitioners believed that when the energy within the body was out of balance, people became ill. Alternative and complementary practitioner still believe thus. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have always perceived this energy (Chi), as having a holistic impact. In other words, the quality and amount of energy found circulating within your body affects your emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. It is not restricted to your physical health.

Types of Energy Healing  Today, there are various schools of energy medicine some of which include:-

 

  • Acupuncture/acupressure

  • Bio energy

  • Chakra balancing

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

  • Faith Healing – mostly Christian-based

  • Homeopathy

  • Kinesiology

  • Meditation – eg mindfulness

  • Qigong

  • Reiki

  • Spiritual Healing – generally secular or at least non-denominational

  • Sufi dancing

  • Therapeutic Touch (TT)

  • Visualisation techniques

  • Yoga

Depending upon both the practitioner and the specific type of energy work, the approach may be:-

 

Hands-on, e.g. acupuncture/acupressure and faith healing

Hands-off, e.g. Reiki, the practitioner does not need to touch the client at all.

 

Useful links

 

For more information, click here  

And or visit the site of Donna Eden, world renowned energy healer. 

A more extensive list of approaches

 

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