The Most Popular Forms of Holistic Treatment

The impact of mental and spiritual wellness on physical health cannot be overstated, and while orthodox medicine has come a long way in curing disease and improving the general standard of living, there are alternative methods of seeking wellbeing which are equally (and in some cases more) effective. Holistic Treatment, also referred to as complementary or alternative medicine has been around in many forms from as early as 3000 BC.  Here is a look at some of the most popular forms of holistic treatment around the world.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is known as one of the most ancient forms of alternative treatments in the world. It is based on the perception that an ideal balance of mind, body and spirit is necessary to ensure wellbeing. Ill health is believed to result from an upset of this balancedue to factors such as injury, birth defects, age or emotional distress. Ayurveda has 8 components namely;

  • Kāyacikitsā: general medicine
  • Kaumāra-bhṛtya: paediatrics
  • Śalyatantra: surgical techniques
  • Śālākyatantra: treatment ears, eyes, nose, mouth.
  • Bhūtavidyā: pacification of possessing spirits and victims of possession
  • Agadatantra: toxicology
  • Rasāyanatantra:Increasing lifespan, intellect and strength
  • Vājīkaraṇatantra: aphrodisiacs, and reproductive aids

Reiki

Reiki originates from Japan but has been adapted across many cultural traditions around the world. It is based on the idea that the life energy which swirls around us, invisible, is essential for good health and happiness. This life energy is referred to as “Ki”. The name Reiki comes from the combination of the Japanese words “Rei” which means "spirit, miraculous, divine" and “Ki” which means “vital energy”.

When a person’s Ki is low, they are more prone to stress and illness, but when it is high they will be happy and healthy. Reiki is administered by gentle massage, with the practitioner manipulating and replenishing the Ki of the patient.

There are 3 levels of Reiki, starting from beginner level through to intermediate and culminating in Reiki master. Reiki does not require any inborn talent to learn and is thus available to everyone. When looking for Reiki Training Courses in London, it is important to look for a master with an in-depth understanding of the levels and what they mean.

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture operates on a similar basis to Reiki, the belief in a life force which flows around the body and the belief that disruptions to this flow can cause disease. This treatment originates in China and has been around for over 2,000 years but only gained popularity in the west in the late 20th century. It involves the insertion of thin needles at specific points and depths in order to cure pain and improve the flow of the “Qi”

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