A broad range of Eastern and Western movement-based approaches promotes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Feldenkreis method, Alexander technique, Pilates, and Trager psychophysical integration are examples of movement therapies.
Employing indigenous theories, beliefs, and experiences, traditional healing is often holistic, or one that integrates the mind and body. Treatments involve a union of approaches such as psychotherapeutics, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and physical therapeutics.
The use of electromagnetic fields like magnets or light therapy and putative energy forms or biofields, reflects on the concept that human beings are infused with subtle forms of energy.
Evolved over time, these complete systems of theory and practice are employed by medical doctors (M.D.) or doctors of osteopathy (D.O.). Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine are examples of whole medical systems, as is Homeopathy, from Europe, which stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself through the ingestion of small doses of highly diluted substances. Naturopathy, another system, aims to support the body’s ability to restore itself through dietary and lifestyle changes, along with herbs, massage, and joint manipulation.
While alternative, complementary, or traditional health care are becoming widely accepted, the World Health Organization acknowledges that issues including national policy and regulation, safety, effectiveness, quality, knowledge and sustainability, and patient safety still need to be completely addressed.
When seeking alternative and traditional health care, it is best to err on the side of caution. Get as much information as you can about your practitioner. Remember, one man’s cure may not work for you.