Holistic Treatments II

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

~ Buddha

Beyond the holistic treatments I have utilized, other highly effective methods are available. Although I have not yet tried the following so far, I believe in their healing abilities when combined with your positive attitude, open mind, and deep commitment.

Because most of them are natural without harmful side effects, I think it’s worth a try. But again, be mindful that these holistic/alternative treatments may be utilized as complementary to conventional medical approaches but not necessarily to replace them. And I am not claiming that any of these treatments can cure an illness. It is ultimately up to each person to use common sense and make informed decisions about one’s health practices.

The following modalities—in alphabetical order—offer these essential healing benefits:

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics

uses a computer that contains digital representation of over 100,000 allergens to evaluate one’s allergies and sensitivities. Once the triggers are identified, acupressure points on the back that correspond to major organs are stimulated with an electrical device. This reduces the amount of stress provoked by the offending substance while the body associates the improved state with the allergen. Practitioners acknowledge that the method does not diagnose or cure allergies but to reduce symptoms and recondition the body’s response to allergens.

Alexander Technique

aims to restore balance, posture, and freedom of movement. It teaches you to control habits and automatic reaction. This method uses both verbal and physical guidance in new ways of sitting, standing, breathing, and moving that reduces pressure on the body and allows for a greater ease. It is successfully used to help people manage pain and relieve stress.


uses essential oils distilled from plants, flowers, fruits, and herbs. They possess many anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic qualities. Many oils support the function of the immune system through their antiseptic and healing qualities. It is an effective treatment for pain, headaches, and skin conditions. Scents from eucalyptus and benzoin can clear up sinus congestion.

Auricular Therapy

(ear acupuncture) stimulates specific points on the ear. The ear has many blood vessels and nerve endings that affect organs. Hence, by proper manipulation of targeted areas, we can promote natural inner healing and balance.

Ayurvedic Medicine

combines diet, detoxification, herbal remedies, yoga, meditation, and other holistic methods. It originated in India based on the concept of doshas—metabolic types—that determines a person’s physical health. Ayurvedic treats allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue, colds, inflammation, and immune problems, just to name a few.


is a relaxation technique that helps people control involuntary, physical responses using electric monitoring equipment. It teaches what it feels like to be relaxed internally, training you to re create that feeling anytime consciously and becomes part of your daily living. This self-regulation is one of a few methods to lower chronic stress and tension by the changing of habitual mental, emotional, and behavioral responses. For those who find meditation too abstract, this modality may be ideal. Among a variety of biofeedback devices available, there are many positive experiences by users of HeartMath’s emWave Personal Stress Reliever.


is comprised of therapeutic manipulation, realignment of body’s structure, and relaxation techniques. Its goal is to heal both the body and mind.

  • Rolfing is named for its founder, Ida Rolf.  Steady pressure to key points in the body releases tension, reduce stress, and eases chronic pain. Rolfing promotes well-being by enhancing the body’s natural system.
  • Breema emphasizes vitality rather than illness based on the nine principles (body comfortable, no extra, firmness and gentleness, full participation, mutual support, no judgment, single moment/single activity, no hurry/no pause, and no force) of harmony. A whole body treatment involves stretches, brushes, and natural rhythms that release rigidity and tension in the body.
  • Amma Therapy combines Chinese bodywork involving stretching, kneading, stroking with principles of energy balancing, herbs, and nutrition.
  • Feldenkrais retrains the central nervous system with gentle exercises. It can improve coordination and flexibility. Found to be effective for stroke, trauma, and other serious disabilities.
  • Trager uses gentle rocking and bouncing motions to induce relaxed state and facilitates the healing of neuromuscular problems. Ideal for people who don’t like more strenuous massages or pressure.

Cell Therapy

transplants human or animal cells to replace damaged tissue or cells. It is used successfully to rebuild damaged cartilage, strengthen weakened immune system, and treat autoimmune disorders.

Chakra Balancing

brings the body’s energy into harmony by adjusting the chakras, the energy vortices centered in the body. There are seven primary chakras through which vitality energizes our physical, emotional, and mental states. Removing blockages in them can bring health and balance.

Chelation Therapy

employs injections of the synthetic amino acid to remove toxic metals such as lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium from the body.

Color Light Therapy

is based upon the theory that an unhealthy body is lacking a specific color frequency. It can boost the immune system and support inner healing. Green colored light therapy may relieve chronic rhinitis.

Craniosacral Therapy

involves gentle manual pressure applied to the skull, spine, and membranes. Its aim is to facilitate inner healing by restoring balance to the craniosacral system which includes the brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, and surrounding membranes.

Crystal Healing

uses crystals and gemstones to enhance the body’s energy flow and create balance. They are used to cleanse negative energy that could result in physical illness. Mental, emotional, and spiritual healing is involved in the process as well.


is a traditional Chinese technique that applies suction cups to targeted parts of the body to increase blood circulation and promote natural healing.


is a diagnostic tool using crystal pendent or rods to evaluate the energy centers or disruptions caused by the imbalance in the body. It is based on the premise that these disruptions have a negative effect on the health, leading to illnesses.

Electrodermal Screening (EDS)

developed from Electro-Acupuncture According to Voll (EAV), an invention of German doctor Reinhold Voll who also studied Chinese medicine and acupuncture. EDS is an allergy testing device which measures any electrical resistance at acupressure points and meridians on the skin. This approach can then identify early signs of a disease. Using this system provides prescription for effective remedies based on homeopathy and vitamins/supplements. The treatment would alleviate food allergy symptoms, such as skin rashes, pain, bloating, and inflammation.

Energy Fieldwork

uses various therapies to restore harmony from imbalances in the energy field in and around a person’s body. Energy is directed to strengthen the body’s natural defenses and enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state.

Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (EPD)

involves combining the known allergen with beta glucoronidase, a common enzyme found in the body. The mixture is applied to the skin reducing the allergic rash and swelling. It’s often used to treat food allergies.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

is a highly effective and safe technique to help people release trauma, painful memories, anxiety, and other emotional issues. EMDR uses eye movement patterns (based on rapid eye movement that occurs naturally while we sleep) to process the negative emotions by the brain so that we are not affected in the same way as before. We can gradually resolve the problems and find inner peace.

Family Constellations

is developed by psychotherapist Bert Hellinger who saw one’s family energy field as a constellation. This approach seeks to find lasting resolutions to conflicts and related mental and physical disorder by examining relational entanglements in the family of origin and current family system. The past is viewed as a way to heal the present. Often practiced in a group setting where others in the group take on the role of family members of an individual seeking understanding and healing.

Herbal Healing

uses plants, roots, leaves, flowers and their healing properties to promote health and well-being internally and externally. Whatever has been prepared for a particular condition can provide different healing components.

  • Oil of oregano has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • Aloe vera has antifungal properties and relieves irritation.
  • Mullein is a decongestant and soothes mucous membranes.
  • Selenium is an antioxidant with anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Onion contains anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Thyme tea is anti-inflammatory and soothes sore nasal tissues.
  • Walnut leaf tea stops nasal discharge.
  • Tinospora helps relieve hay fever symptoms (itching, runny nose, sneezing, etc.).
  • Indian ginseng fights stress, positive effect on the central nervous system.
  • Stinging nettle acts as a natural antihistamine.
  • Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that inhibits the release of allergic and inflammatory compounds and acts as a natural antihistamine.
  • Bromelain thins nasal discharge, reduces swelling of the sinuses, throat, and nasal passages.
  • Ginger inhibits leukotrienes—cells that trigger inflammation.
  • Echinacea enhances immunity.
  • Chamomile, valerian herbs are natural sedatives.
  • Berberine has important antibacterial and antifungal effects.
  • Garlic contains anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Licorice has anti-inflammatory activity.
  • Ephedra is a highly effective natural decongestant.
  • Papaya has decongestant and mucus thinning properties.
  • Cayenne pepper reduces inflammation of mucous membranes.
  • Euphorbium relieves sinus pressure, nasal congestion, and runny nose.
  • Blood root is good for nasal congestion and sneezing.
  • Astragalus strengthens immunity.
  • Grapefruit seed extract is effective for sinus infection.
  • Apple cider vinegar thins mucus.
  • Butterbur is used to treat asthma and bronchitis and to reduce mucus.
  • Evening primrose is especially effective for allergic rhinitis.
  • Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. Highly beneficial for nasal irritation and sinus pressure over eyes.

Holistic Dentistry

emphasizes wellness and preventive care. It may incorporate homeopathy, nutrition, hypnosis,  and other holistic methods. Safer alternative is used instead of mercury fillings and traditional x-rays.


works based on the idea that if a substance in high doses produces an illness, that same substance in small doses can cure the illness. Plants are the primary source though one of the largest selling homeopathic drug is Oscillococcinum, which is made from the heart and liver of wild ducks (carries flu virus) to treat cold and flu. For allergy case, small doses of suspected allergen are introduced to produce a natural tolerance.


uses water internally and externally to treat, prevent diseases, and preserve health.

  • Colon therapy flushes water through the entire colon or large intestine to eliminate wastes that have accumulated and to promote better functioning. Colon therapy can relieve abdominal discomforts of gas, bloating, and constipation to depression, insomnia, and headaches.
  • Thalassotherapy involves soaking in seawater to relax the body and hydrate the skin. Medical spas use it to treat pain and chronic conditions. Magnesium in salt in shown to reduce inflammation and redness.


occurs when the machine emits negative electric charges into the air and removes an electron from an ion. Indoor areas that lack good ventilation generate too much positive ions, which may contribute to an illness. These negative electric charges balance the ion level and cause airborne allergens to cluster and fall on the ground, so the air you breathe in has less of them.


diagnoses health conditions by examining the iris (colored area) of the eye. It is based on the theory that every organ has a corresponding location within the iris. When a condition is diagnosed, a treatment program is developed that often includes dietary changes, vitamins and supplements, exercise, and relaxation techniques.

Jin Shin Do

means “the way of the compassionate spirit” and is a technique applying gentle fingertip pressure to thirty specific points along the body to release energy. It brings general health by releasing muscle tension, improving circulation, and balancing emotions.


studies the human body during movement. It employs muscle testing to discern body’s chemical, emotional, or energetic imbalances. This modality combines various principles of nutrition, acupressure, exercise, and other natural health care to improve health and vitality.


is developed from the premise that humans are connected to nature; therefore, things from the earth are the best for our bodies. Diet consists of organic, whole, and mostly vegetarian foods. Emphasis is placed on fresh air, exercise, balanced life, and the use of natural products in the home.

Magnetic Therapy

employs magnetic devices or magnetic fields to treat many physical and mental disorders. When a magnet is applied to the human body, magnetic waves pass through the tissue and naturally increase blood flow. Helpful for easing chronic pain, arthritic pain, sleep disturbances, and circulatory problems.


is a widely recognized therapy in France that uses the smallest dose of medication injected over the affected area along with botanical, homeopathic medications. It can open the sinuses to drain better. Proven to be very effective for sinus pain, TMJ(temporomandibular joint) pain, and migraine headaches.

Mud Treatment

uses special (radioactive) hot mud to body and face to relieve pain and ease tension. It is shown to soothe allergy symptoms like nasal congestion. bloating. skin disorders, and constipation. This method was popular in Europe before being introduced in U.S. It’s not suitable for people with heart or other serious medical conditions.

Myofascial Release

restores normal alignment and reduces pain by loosening the body from tight fascia, or connective tissue with mild and sustained hand pressure for gentle stretching and softening. This modality is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, among other conditions.

Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET)

is developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad whose method blends acupuncture, kinesiology, and nutrition. It works to reprogram the brain so it no longer overreacts to the perceived allergens.

Naturopathic Medicine

works on the premise that the body is self-healing. The goal is to support your own immune system and uses almost exclusively natural and nontoxic approaches. These include clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and counseling.

Neuromuscular Therapy

emphasizes the role of the brain, spine and nerves in muscular pain. It is to relieve tender, congested spots in muscle tissue and compressed nerves that may radiate pain to other areas of the body.


is based on manipulation of the body to alleviate pain, restore flexibility, and facilitate the body’s own healing power. Preventative measures are emphasized such as healthy diet and habits. It is often used for back and neck pain, migraines, and asthma.

Oxygen Therapy

changes the body’s chemistry to facilitate healing. The procedure supplies more oxygen to your lungs so your body tissues also receive needed oxygen. It has been known to treat infections (viral, fungal, bacterial, etc.), allergies, and circulatory systems among others.


manipulates the body’s deformities to align the body and vital organs according to the naturopathic principles of body’s self-healing system.

Polarity Therapy

believes our well-being is dependent on proper flow between a positive and negative pole in the body. It applies gentle touch and guides in diet, exercise, and self-growth to balance energy flow that would restore health.


utilizes an interpersonal relationship to enable you to develop understanding about you and to make necessary changes in life. Formats vary from individual counseling to group therapy. Some therapists may incorporate alternative modalities in conjunction with talk-therapy.


is a set of meditative and gentle physical movements to strengthen and harmonize the flow of life energy or qi. It is dedicated to creating and maintaining balance, strength, and health on physical, mental, and spiritual level. Read a powerful story by a four-time cancer survivor that demonstrates how he used qigong practice to finally beat the disease.


is a gentle hands-on healing technique developed to reduce stress, relieve pain, and facilitate healing. It is believed that the vital energy of the universe—properly channeled—can energize the body to enhance healing and wholeness.


requires a person to spend 2 to 3 hours a day in underground caves for a period of 3 or 4 months. It has been found to be useful in curing asthma and allergic swellings of the upper airways. Many contribute its effect to the saline and mineral content of the air in subterranean caves that clears allergic rash and nasal congestion. Just watch out for the bats!

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Spiritual Healing

involves a trained practitioner who acts as a mediator of healing energy or energy from the spiritual realm. Spiritual “helpers,” such as a god, angels, inner teachers, ancestors, or other spiritual forces, are summoned for assistance. This type of healing has been practiced throughout history all over the world.

Stone Massage

uses heat from hot stones to relax muscles and bring more oxygen to cells. It is very helpful for skin problems, such as eczema. Cool stones, used on face, can reduce puffiness and calm inflammation.

The Shadow Process

is a powerful healing approach developed by Debbie Ford that strives to acknowledge and embrace the “dark” side of us. That is, parts of our personality we would label as negative such as angry, weak, greedy, lazy, selfish, and so on. Rather than suppressing or denying these qualities, we can utilize them in a different, useful way. It is based on the premise that only by accepting the totality of who we are, we can ultimately become whole.

Trigger Point Therapy

relieves tension and pain around trigger points that are tender spots on muscle tissue. Although it is similar to acupressure, the technique is based on the western understanding of body structure and function.


is a traditional Chinese method that manipulates acupressure points, uses herbal medicines, gentle exercise, and alignment techniques to treat musculoskeletal and internal organ problems.

Unani Medicine

is based on the ancient Greek theory of four basic elements of the body (water, air, earth, and fire) and four bodily fluids (phlegm, blood, yellow bile, and black bile). A balance in the fluids indicates good health while disturbances in this balance results in disease. It uses mainly herbs to treat sinusitis, rheumatism, jaundice, and others.

Urine Therapy

may make some cringe, but urine therapy is practiced by millions of people around the world. This practice originated from ancient Hindu religious rites thousands of years ago. Urine therapy’s advocates claim its efficacy for food allergies, skin problems, immunological disorders, and allergies. Urine is generally non-toxic and experts say small amounts of toxin in it actually helps to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies to defend the body. Well, good thing is urine is free and always available! I know it’s just my perception but I don’t think I have stomach for it, do you?

Vibrational Healing

believes that an illness influences the way personal energy vibrates and flows. Hence, it combines different modalities, such as polarity therapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, and others to promote healing by balancing a person’s energy field.

Vitamins and Supplements

are an essential part of good health by providing added nutrients to our body and supporting the immune system.

  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. A natural antihistamine, it is very effective in treating and preventing sinus infections, colds, and allergies.
  • Multivitamins are essential along with C, A, and E vitamins. Should be yeast-free.
  • Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene keep the mucous membranes that line the sinuses and respiratory tract strong and resistant.
  • Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that reduces lung damage and helps prevent asthma.
  • Vitamin B Complex fights fatigue by converting food into energy. It is necessary for normal functioning of the nervous system.
  • Pantothenic acid strengthens the adrenal glands.
  • Potassium dries up mucus.
  • Glutamine provides energy for cells of the immune system.
  • Zinc is useful in fighting viral infections.
  • N-Acetylcysteine is an amino acid that promotes healthy a sinus and respiratory functions.
  • Magnesium is a mineral that supports lung function and works as an antihistamine.
  • Probiotics are helpful bacteria crucial for intestinal health, especially when antibiotics are used.


slow movements and deep breathing are great for improving the health of the nose and sinuses. Consistent practice over time effects self-healing, which include muscle relaxation, inner calm, proper body alignment, and better blood circulation with more oxygen intake. Healing takes place on a physical, mental, and spiritual level.



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