The list of different alternative medicine modalities goes on and on. These nonconventional treatment methods are gaining more traction and are becoming more common here in Rochester. Read on to find out more about some of these therapies and pick which one fits your needs the best.
Hypnosis aims to modify repetitive negative habits or thoughts and change them into more positive outcomes. The goal is to leave the patient free of all negativity and get on with life at the end of the sessions. This therapy can help a person come up with a new, better way of thinking and live a happier life.
Hypnotherapy is used in the treatment of patients with different disorders, such as low self-esteem, sleep disturbances, smoking addiction, anxiety, eating disorders, skin problems, and problems with pregnancy and labor.
Think of homeopathy as you would a vaccine. The principle is to treat like with like. This basically means that whatever it is that causes the problem, if taken in tiny amounts, the problem can be solved. The medical community has fully embraced this concept, not just in vaccines, but also in pharmacology (for example, treating ADHD with Ritalin). Homeopaths take comprehensive background histories from their patients before prescribing anything often, a highly diluted substance in tablet or liquid form. This substance is used to jumpstart the natural healing processes in the body.
Naturopathy is founded on the premise that nature has healing powers. Naturopathic doctors train in and study both alternative and conventional forms of medicine in order to understand the cause of a disorder or condition. This is done by examining the physical, mental, and spiritual manifestations of the problem in the patient. It involves various techniques, such as behavioral modification, proper nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, and acupuncture.
Reflexology uses the application of pressure to specific body areas, specifically the hands, feet, and ears. It is believed that these areas correspond to certain organs and systems of the body. By pressing them, positive effects for these organs as well as to overall health will ensue. Reflexologists perform this technique, although a person can perform it on oneself, too. Today, millions use this therapy in conjunction with other alternative and conventional medicine forms to treat conditions such as diabetes, anxiety, asthma, cancer, and kidney disease. Improvements in respiratory function for cancer patients, improvement in sleep quality, and fatigue reduction have also been reported.
This treatment is a form of energy healing. It is founded on the idea that within every persons body, there is a life force energy that flows. Its philosophy states that stress and illness are signs that this energy is low. Having good health, happiness, and energy signify that the life force is strong. During a Reiki session, the therapist transfers life energy to the patient using his hands. The hands are lightly placed on the patients body. In some cases, Reiki can also be performed in long distance. Either way, the goal is to increase relaxation, promote healing, and reduce pain.
Sharon Altman CHt, MSW is the hypnotherapist at Brighter Life Hypnosis located in Rochester, NY