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What are the Different Types of Natural Healing?

By Bethney Foster
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Types of natural healing range from the use of herbs, flowers, and plants found in the environment to modalities such as acupuncture, massage, and aromatherapy for curing illness and promoting better health. Sometimes called alternative therapies, types of natural healing include ancient treatments from various cultures such as Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Tibetan medicines. Other common types include homeopathy, chiropractic, and herbalism.

Several types of natural healing include treatment of the body through pressure and manipulation. Acupuncture uses tiny needles that are inserted into the body at certain points to promote healing. Acupressure is a similar practice, but the practitioner uses finger pressure rather than needles at the points that are manipulated to promote treatment. Auricular therapy plays upon some similar concepts as acupuncture. From the ancient Egyptians, auricular therapy holds that healing can be promoted by massaging certain points of the ear.

Massage and chiropractic place emphasis on physical manipulation of the body to promote healing. Chiropractic focuses on problems of the spine being responsible for illness and pain. Massage involves the manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues of the body to promote healing and health.

Some forms of natural healing are incorporated into other forms. Aromatherapy may be found in the use of massage, acupuncture, and other healing practices. Aromatherapy uses the essential oils of specific plants to target various conditions. These oils are used in massage, baths, or for inhaling by the patient.

Herbalism is incorporated into many different cultural healing practices and has been used in medicine since ancient times. It can be found in both Western and Eastern practices and is often incorporated into other forms of healing, such as holistic medicine. Holistic medicine considers the patient’s overall health, not just the illness for which the patient is seeking healing. A holistic practitioner will consider the patient’s diet, environment, and lifestyle, along with the person's physical, mental, and emotional health. Treatments may include lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and recommendations such as meditation, exercise, and other forms of natural healing.

Homeopathy is another form of healing and is based on the theory that like cures like. The practitioner will prescribe remedies that are made up of very diluted natural substances. These substances would create the symptoms they are seeking to cure if they were given in larger doses. The theory of homeopathic medicine is that the remedy will cause the body to begin its own healing processes.

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Discussion Comments

By Spotiche5 — On Nov 07, 2014

@ocelot60- I think that acupressure works even better than acupuncture, especially for individuals who are apprehensive about needles. The fear of them alone will cause a person's muscles to tense up, which is going to have a negative effect on the acupuncture treatment results. With acupressure, this is not a concern because it promotes natural healing with the use of massage instead of needles.

By Talentryto — On Nov 06, 2014

@ocelot60- My sister gets acupressure treatments for her back pain issues, and she loves the results. She says that it soothes muscle pain and reduces stiffness. But just like any type of treatment, it is important to shop around and do your homework to find a good acupressure practitioner who is very skilled in doing this type of natural treatment.

When my sister began getting acupressure treatments, she tried the services of several professionals in the field. At first she thought that this natural healing treatment might not have been for her because she was always very stiff and sore after her sessions. However, the third practitioner she begin to see was a charm because the acupressure techniques she used did not cause my sister to have additional pain.

Training and certification in the acupressure field are two things you will want to look for when you seek treatment from a professional. Asking around for referrals is also a good idea, because this gives you a chance to talk to other patients about their results. Finally, going to a provider with several years of experience will help ensure that you get great results from your acupressure treatments.

By Ocelot60 — On Nov 06, 2014

Does anyone have experience using acupressure for painful muscles? I have a lot of problems with sore, stiff muscles but hate the thought of taking oral medications to treat them. I like the idea of the positive effects of acupuncture, but I hate needles! Does acupressure work just as well?

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