1. Massage and Reflexology
Massage and reflexology, although now considered more mainstream methods of healing, were once considered alternative treatments. Both can have huge health benefits, especially massage when used to manipulate painful muscles. Reflexology works on the basis that there are pressure points in the feet that relate to all different parts of the body, and that working with these pressure points can help to ease problems in the associated bodily areas.
Homeopathic remedies work using the principle that the human body is capable of healing itself. Medicines containing a small amount of the substance that caused the initial illness are taken, working with the belief that whatever caused an illness can also help to cure it.
3. Reiki Healing
The Japanese practice of Reiki works by balancing energy levels in the body. A Reiki healer places their hands just above the body, not making contact, in order to procure healing by using their own body as a channel for essential universal energy flow into the patient.
Acupuncture involves fine needles being inserted into the skin at various defined points around the body. The practice originated in China and has become a popular form of alternative healing around the world.
Aromatherapy is where certain fragrances are inhaled to bring the mind, body and soul back into balance. Oils are extracted from certain flowers, plants and herbs to produce the effective fragrances.
Hypnosis operates by the patient entering a hypnotic state. A hypnotic state is an altered form of consciousness which renders the patient more susceptible to powers of suggestion. It is often used to change negative habits, cure phobias and reduce pain.
Detoxification works by cleansing the body. Toxins are eliminated naturally by the body. A rigid diet must be followed for a set amount of time, in order to give the body enough time to adequately flush all toxin build up from its system.
Meditation clears the mind if unwanted thoughts and helps a person to be more focused and present. This can assist in the treatment of certain conditions brought about by stress and depression. It can also be used to help relieve pain.
9. Magnetic Therapy
Magnets are widely used in alternative medicine. This technique works on the idea that electromagnetic fields can help to re-balance energy levels of the body.
Counselling and other forms of psychotherapy work to change thinking patterns, which can help to heal mental illnesses. Such techniques are often used in cases of stress, depression, emotional problems and addictions.
11. Sound Healing
Sound Healing operates by listening to music or sounds that are soothing and raise the body’s vibrations to the optimal state necessary for healing.
Hydrotherapy uses water to heal and prevent illnesses and diseases. It includes many different uses of water, including saunas, steam baths, salt rubs, immersion baths, and colonic irrigation.
Yoga can help to balance the body and mind, as well as to improve muscle function, stability and strength.
14. Crystal Healing
Crystals can be placed over problem areas and chakra points to rebalance the body’s energies.
15. Psychic Healing
Psychic, or spiritual, healing uses rituals to heal. Prayers or incantations fall into this category, along with special healing ceremonies.
16. Colour Healing
Colours are associated with different parts of the body. It is believed that visualising the relevant colour, along with repeated exposure to that colour, wearing clothes of that colour and eating foods of that colour can speed up healing processes.
Some practices incorporate several different techniques into their healing methods, for example traditional Chinese medicine which uses acupuncture, massage, herbal remedies and a prescribed diet together. Another example is Ayurvedic medicine, which uses dietary controls, herbs, meditation and yoga to gain results. This system is based on a connection between the mind, body and spirit and ensuring that all three are in harmony with each other. It is the oldest of all known medical practices.