Five Weird and Wacky Therapies - Will They Kill Or Cure You?
There are literally hundreds of therapies out there, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. I have gathered together some of the more unusual one’s for you. I can’t guarantee that any of them will work for you or that they are 100% safe; some of them are plain bonkers but if you want to give them a try there’s nothing stopping you. Do be careful though.
Apitherapy or Bee Venom Therapy
What is Apitherapy?
Apitherapy is the therapeutic use of bee products. There are many active components in bee venom and most of them have medical properties. In some clinics bees are allowed to sting the patient in various places; the theory being that it will trigger the body to heal itself by producing the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol. In others the bee venom is prepared into a serum and injected subcutaneously. The patient will have been tested for allergy prior to administering the venom.
What conditions can it help?
Apitherapy is documented to have helped in many conditions but the main ones are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
Find out more at: http://www.apitherapy.org/
What is the Bowen Technique?
It is a hands-on rolling technique with the fingers and thumbs that can bring about spectacular relief from many painful conditions. The technique is performed without you having to remove clothing in most cases and is not painful. It often works where physiotherapy has failed and is gaining in popularity and even being recognised and practised by some physiotherapists as a valuable therapeutic technique.
How does it work?
The body re-heals and resets itself during and after the therapy session.
What conditions does it help?
- Tennis Elbow
For further information and to find a therapist in the UK, go to: http://www.bowen-technique.co.uk/index.php
What is Buteyko?
In the 1950’s Dr Konstantin Buteyko identified at least 150 conditions which could be cured by changing the breathing patterns. He developed a number of different breathing exercises which were found to reduce symptoms and even eradicate them for a number of different conditions.
What conditions is it good for?
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder)
- CHVS (Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome)
- High Blood Pressure
- Panic Attacks
- Sleep Apnea
What are the breathing exercises?
Professor Buteyko discovered that most people over-breathe and that when breathing is reduced both mental and physical symptoms can be corrected. Overbreathing is corrected by three methods which all increase carbon dioxide levels.
- Resistance Breathing
- Control Pause
- Reduced Breathing
http://www.buteyko.co.uk/ to find out more about this
Chinese Fire Facial
The latest craze to fight wrinkles is the Huǒ liáo treatment. A special salve is applied to the face and alcohol soaked towels are laid over it and ignited for several seconds. It is reputed to tighten and tone wrinkled and sagging skin. I do not know of any clinics which practice this either in the UK or USA at the present time
Apologies for the foreign video. Turn down the sound and just watch the movie
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Despite its name Craniosacral Therapy isn’t confined to the head alone; it is a holistic therapy which works with the mind, body and spirit. CST is a light touch therapy vaguely based on cranial osteopathy.
What conditions can it help?
- Back Pain
- Drug Withdrawal
- Hormone problems
- Relationship problems
- Sports Injuries
This is just a small selection of conditions CST is reputed to alleviate
What does a Craniosacral therapy session consist of?
The therapist applies her hands to your body and then tunes into your craniosacral system. They make tiny repetitive movements on your skull and spine which releases craniosacral fluid and realigns bones which may be out of position. Most people feel a profound relaxation during the therapy
Find out more here: http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/craniosacral-therapy
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