Natural Treatments for Chronic Health Conditions Part 1
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Natural and holistic remedies for chronic health conditions
While some medications may help chronic health conditions, generally they do more harm than good with their side effects and are often overly prescribed. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a difficult condition to treat as there are a number of factors that contribute to the daily mental and physical fatigue and other symptoms. With natural therapies and remedies the underlying causes as well as the symptoms can be better treated in a holistic manner.
Below I have included a number of treatments that I have tried and some that I haven't tried. My philosophy is to try a number of therapies and treatments and see what works for you. There are likely treatments or protocols out there that I haven't included as there are so many. I will try to add the treatments most widely used and accepted among those with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Everyone will require their own unique approach when treating chronic health issues such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I hope that in this series of hubpages I can point out at least a few that might be able to help some.
Natural and holistic remedies often can help chronic health issues a lot more than conventional medicine. Conventional medicine is often overly simplistic and isn't as thorough as functional medicine especially in finding treatments and causes to a lot of chronic health issues.
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70% of Americans currently use some form of alternative medicine
This 1,136-page encyclopedia puts all the schools of alternative medicine-50 different therapies-under one roof
Highlights dozens of actual patient stories and physician treatments.
Acupuncture Handbook - 'Point Locations'
This book introduces 361 acupuncture point location and indications. Each point is numbered by the standard system along with the Chinese names. Detailed point locations with anatomical descriptions and treatment indications. Equipped with detailed pictures of acupuncture points, readers can quickly look up and memorize them.
Youngjong Sihn is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who graduated from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TUTCM), and from graduate school of the same university. He majored in Acupuncture & Moxibustion and Tuina.
Jongwon Park is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who graduated from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TUTCM), and from graduate school of the same university. He majored in Oncology.
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Acupuncture for chronic health issues
Acupuncture is an ancient alternative healing art believed to have originated from ancient China. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points on the skin of the body by needles, heat, pressure or laser light. Traditionally you find that most modern practitioners use acupuncture needles to do acupuncture therapy. While modern research has disputed the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy it is still widely used today and has been effective for a number of health conditions.
A growing trend among acupuncturists is to embrace it as a relief from pain and downplay certain aspect of it such as the Qi, chi or energy aspect of it. Personally I have only done acupuncture once and it helped me tremendously. Acupuncture like all therapies take some time to have an effect on your health though. You can often find discounted acupuncture deals on groupon if you look around.
Another option I have seen which may be cost effective is having an acupuncturists teach their clients how to do acupuncture with their own needles. Other methods acupuncturists may use are acupressure and cupping therapy but those could be seen as separate treatments themselves.
I have heard it is rather effective in treating chronic health issues like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (it did in my case from one treatment). After one treatment I felt better, more relaxed and felt like tapping a nap. Acupuncture for chronic health issues can be very helpful with a treatments done over time (and some at home).
Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture: An Illustrated Manual of Acupuncture Points
Acupuncture in Latin means "sticking with the needle". Each of the 409 important acupuncture points is presented with an anatomical graphic, an overview of the meridian, and a photo showing the needle placement. The combination of Chinese sources and the author's therapeutic experiences provides a sensible balance between the most important indications and practical needs. The names, properties, and applications of the individual acupuncture points have been revised on this basis. Far-Eastern healing methods and Western observation techniques create a bridge between Asian and Western views of acupuncture. The Pictorial Atlas of Acupuncture not only provides beginners with an overview of the most important acupuncture points, but experienced practitioners can also learn about seldom-used acupuncture points and thus extend their knowledge.
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Quantum K for chronic health issues
Quantum K is a unique free healing experience that combines fractal geometry, harmonics and symbols. It's a unique experience that you can watch on the website or download and watch on your own. There are also options for free healing as well as items you can purchase. In 2014 a second healing experience/video was released which was free as well.
The original video is only 23 minutes long while the second healing experience is only about 8 minutes. I had originally heard of this from Magnus Tapping from his mailing list. Magnus tapping is a well known british emotional freedom technique (a treatment/healing modality I will discuss some other time).
From personal experience, quantum k does seem to help some, and it sure is relaxing. Lately though I have been having problem with the second healing video. Also there is a free manual (you can only download it by chapter though) and a free transcript of the second video as well. As far as benefit to my chronic health issues I deal with, I haven't seen much improvement but it does help relax you and get into a meditative state.
Quantum K has the potential to help a lot with chronic health issues, and the very least it will be a relaxing, meditative exercise you can do on a daily basis (or weekly basis).
You can watch the video every day for a few weeks and then start to watch it on a weekly basis thereafter.
The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine
Why can salamanders grow new legs, and young children grow new finger tips, but adult humans can't regenerate? What is the electricity that flows through the human body? Is it the same thing that the Chinese call Qi? If so, what does Chinese medicine know, that western medicine ignores? Dan Keown's highly accessible, witty, and original book shows how western medicine validates the theories of Chinese medicine, and how Chinese medicine explains the mysteries of the body that western medicine largely ignores.
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Acupressure (Quick Study Academic Outline) Pamphlet
Complete, labeled illustrations of acupressure points in the human body.
From pre-teen to pre-med, this chart is loaded with beautifully illustrated diagrams, clearly and concisely labeled for easy identification.
Illustrations by award-winning medical illustrator Vince Perez.
Diamond Alignment for chronic health issues
Diamond alignment is another free online healing modality that I was introduced to by Magnus tapping via his email list/newsletter. There is a free 6 minute experience as well as paid subscriptions and products you can purchase as well.
I have only ever done the 6 minute free experience. It does seem to help and it is relaxing, and i have done it for a few years. Its almost meditative in a sense in that you listen to a flash animation with sound and its very relaxing. I think it helps to a small extent those with chronic health conditions, it only takes 6 minutes to do and not much time out of your day to do this.
Diamond alignment can help a lot with chronic health issues if you let it, it is a short meditative exercise you can do on a daily basis (up to twice a day).
A Manual of Acupuncture
Once in a great while an extraordinary book is published that sets an entirely new standard in its field. A Manual of Acupuncture, published by Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications, is just such a book. Painstakingly researched over many years by Peter Deadman, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, and colleagues Mazin Al-Khafaji and Kevin Baker, this book has become the primary reference in the West for the study of acupuncture points and channels. With the subtle use of color to illustrate the acupuncture points and anatomical features, the new second edition of A Manual of Acupuncture is even more attractive and user-friendly than the first. Introductory chapters describe and illustrate the channels and collaterals, the various categories of points, and methods of selection, location, and needling. Ensuing chapters present each of the points of the 14 channels as well as the extra (miscellaneous) points, identified by their English and pinyin names, and Chinese characters. Each point is located in accordance with the most exacting anatomical standards to be found in any Western textbook. For each point there is a dedicated drawing, followed by regional body drawings. The quality of the 500 drawings is far superior to those in any other TCM text. There are also practical pointers for finding and needling the points, and cautionary information about what to avoid. In addition to point indexes by their English and pinyin names, there is an index identifying every part of the body reached by each of the channels, and separate indexes of point indications listed according to both TCM and biomedical symptoms.
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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for chronic health issues
Emotional freedom technique seems to be especially popular lately. I have used it for years and hasn't worked much for me. I have been told it works on a more subtle level for some (like myself), I haven't seen a huge improvement that others have claimed. That's not to say that emotional freedom technique doesn't work, just hasn't worked for me so far.
I have learned a lot from some popular emotional freedom technique practitioners such as Erika Awakening and Magnus Tapping. I learned about holosync/binaural beats from Erika Awakening and Quantum K and Diamond Alignment from Magnus tapping.
Emotional Freedom Technique is supposed to work on your beliefs by tapping the acupressure points to remove bad (or unhelpful) beliefs and install or instill new more positive ones with affirmations. There are a lot of variations on this technique and everyone seems to have their own way of doing it. Generally though it's practiced about the same from practitioner to practitioner. You can get qualified and certified through the originator and creator of Emotional Freedom Technique Gary Craig. There are several videos and tutorials online if you are interested in seeing how to do it. As far as helping chronic health issues, I haven't seen much success so far.
Emotional freedom technique can be used for chronic health issues, although with varying success. It may or may not help you out if you have chronic health issues but its worth a try to see if it helps with your own chronic health issues.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acupuncture & Acupressure
You're no idiot, of course. You know that for centuries, acupuncture and acupressure have been among the most effective alternative medical treatments available. Now you've decided to try one of them, but before you volunteer to be a human pincushion, you have just a few questions.
So let's get to the point! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acupuncture and Acupressure' offers a comprehensive look at these effective solutions in their various forms and functions. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get:
-An introduction to the tools of the trade, including needles, magnets and exercise.
-The lowdown on what to expect at your first treatment, and how to relax and enjoy it.
-Treatments for everything from acne to menopause.
-Words of wisdom, plus warnings and definitions to make the acu-path easy to follow.
Acupuncture for Body, Mind and Spirit
Written by one of the UK's leading practitioners, this authoritative and accessible introduction to acupuncture reveals everything you need to know before you step into the acupuncture clinic. It includes: how acupuncture goes beyond quick cures and is used as preventative medicine
Overview of Natural treatments and therapies
New Age/Energy Based
Hydrotherapy/Castor Oil Therapy
Hydrotherapy/Castor Oil therapy
Revolutionary Trauma Release Process
Epsom salt bath
Moor Mud bath
Reiki for chronic health issues
Reiki is a spiritual healing practice developed by Japanese Buddhist monk Mikao Usui in 1922. I have limited experience with this but I have gotten a Reiki/massage treatment. At the time my health issues were much worse than they are now. It didn't seem to help much at a time, although If I went back now perhaps it could help some more.
There is a lot of variation among how it is taught and used. Like in martial arts and other alternative healing techniques there are degrees and levels you can attain over time. Western and Japanese Reiki techniques appear to be very different as well. While western reiki is more systematized and uses a system of hand placements, Japanese Reiki is more intuitive and more free flowing.
Reiki practitioners use hand placements as well as hand movements near the body of the person they are practicing on to treat health issues. Treatments can last up to an hour but can be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour long. As far as Reiki helping chronic health issues its debatable, in my case there wasn't much improvement but for others there may be more benefit.
Although there hasn't been much scientific proof, I believe that Reiki may be able to help those out with chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic health issues a lot.
Acupuncture and the Chakra Energy System: Treating the Cause of Disease
Acupuncture and the chakra energy system have both become increasingly mainstream in the West, but rarely have the two approaches been joined into one practice. Acupuncture and the Chakra Energy System: Treating the Cause of Disease does just that. By comparing the traditional approaches of Chinese medicine and modern Western acupuncture with the chakra energy system of Ayurvedic philosophy, author John Cross offers clinically proven strategies for treating the causes of conditions, not just the symptoms. The book describes the seven major and twenty-one minor chakras in detail and explains how each is related to the body's aura, meridians, Key points, endocrine glands, autonomic nervous system, and varying symptomatology. Focusing on how to use the chakras in the treatment of chronic physical and emotional conditions—osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain with sciatica, insomnia, hypertension, depression, menopausal symptoms, and frozen shoulder, among others—Cross’s clear, in-depth explanations make his techniques easy for anyone to follow. Including appendices on how to use the chakras with copper and zinc needles and biomagnets, as well as which types of patients respond to such treatments, Acupuncture and the Chakra Energy System is a well-rounded guide for acupuncturists and other practitioners as well as interested students.
Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine & Home Remedies: Two Essential Home Health Books In One
From acupuncture to yoga, echinacea to St. John's wort, meditation to healing touch, Mayo Clinic provides answers to the most pressing questions people have about the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine and when it's appropriate to use natural remedies in place of or in conjunction with traditional medicine. Mayo Clinic Alternative Medicine also provides helpful tips on how to treat common ailments and incorporate alternative treatments into the readers' and their families' lives.
Many common health problems can be treated with simple remedies you can do at home. Even if the steps you take don't cure the problem, they can relieve symptoms and allow you to go about your daily life, or at least help you until you're able to see a doctor.
In situations involving your health or the health of your family, the same questions typically arise: What actions can I take that are immediate, safe and effective? When should I contact my doctor? What symptoms signal an emergency? Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies clearly defines these questions with regard to your health concerns, and guides you to choose the appropriate and most effective response.
Gupta Amygdala Retraining for CFS
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Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 4e (Fundamentals of Complementary and Integrative Medicine)
Focusing on emerging therapies and those best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence, Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine describes some of the most prevalent and the fastest-growing CAM therapies in use today. Prominent author Dr. Marc Micozzi provides a complete overview of CAM, creating a solid foundation and context for therapies in current practice. Coverage of systems and therapies includes mind, body, and spirit; traditional Western healing; and traditional ethnomedical systems from around the world. Discussions include homeopathy, massage and manual therapies, chiropractic, a revised chapter on osteopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, naturopathic medicine, and nutrition and hydration. With its wide range of topics, this is the ideal CAM reference for both students and practitioners!
An evidence-based approach focuses on treatments best supported by clinical trials and scientific evidence.
Coverage of CAM therapies and systems includes those most commonly encountered or growing in popularity, so you carefully evaluate each treatment.
Global coverage includes discussions of traditional healing arts from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Longevity in the market makes this a classic, trusted text.
Expert contributors include well-known writers such as Kevin Ergil, Patch Adams, Joseph Pizzorno, Victor Sierpina, and Marc Micozzi himself.
Suggested readings and references in each chapter list the best resources for further research and study.
New, expanded organization covers the foundations of CAM, traditional Western healing, and traditional ethnomedical systems from Asia, Africa, and the Americas, putting CAM in perspective and making it easier to understand CAM origins and contexts.
NEW content includes legal and operational issues in integrative medicine, creative and expressive arts therapies, ecological pharmacology, hydration, mind-body thought and practice in America, osteopathy, reflexology, South American healing, traditional medicines of India, and Unani medicine.
Revised and updated chapters include aromatherapy, classical acupuncture, energy medicine, biophysical devices (electricity, light, and magnetism), massage and touch therapies, traditional osteopathy, reflexology, vitalism, and yoga.
New research studies explain how and why CAM therapies work, and also demonstrate that they do work, in areas such as acupuncture, energy healing, and mind-body therapies.
Expanded content on basic sciences includes biophysics, ecology, ethnomedicine, neurobiology, and pschoneuroimmunology, providing the scientific background needed to learn and practice CAM and integrative medicine.
Expanded coverage of nutrition and hydration includes practical information on Vitamin D and healthy hydration with fluid and electrolytes.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements
The most comprehensive guide to natural health, thoroughly revised and updated with cutting-edge findings in alternative and preventative therapies
Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the nation's #1 bestselling guide to natural remedies. The new fifth edition incorporates the most recent information on a variety of alternative healing and preventive therapies and new findings on vitamins, supplements, and herbs.
With an A-to-Z reference to diseases and disorders, updates include:
How omega-3 and exercise may help those suffering from Alzheimer's
Current information on the latest drug therapies for treating AIDS
Nutritional information for combating prostate cancer
Leading research on menopause and bio identical hormones
And much, much more
In the twenty years since the first edition was released, the natural health movement has gone mainstream, and the quest for optimal nutrition is no longer relegated to specialty stores. With more than 800 pages of comprehensive facts about all aspects of alternative ways to wellness, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition, unites the best of age-old remedies with twenty-first- century science.
Naturogenix: Natural supplements and natural therapies for chronic health conditions
- Naturogenix: Natural Supplements and Therapies for Chronic Conditions
Natural and oragnic supplements and therapies for those dealing with chronic health conditions such as mthfr, methylation defects, detoxification defects, thyroid issues (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism), adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome
The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third Edition
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND PRACTICAL GUIDE AVAILABLE TO THE EXTRAORDINARY HEALING POWERS OF NATURAL MEDICINE
From the world-renowned naturopathic doctors and bestselling authors of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods comes the authoritative third edition of the classic reference work, revised and expanded to include the latest cutting-edge natural therapies for the most common ailments. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno focus on promoting health and treating disease with nontoxic, natural therapies. This groundbreaking book—the leader in its field—shows you how to improve your health through a positive mental attitude, a healthy lifestyle, a health-promoting diet, and supplements, along with plenty of practical tips.
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-The major causes and symptoms of each condition
- The therapeutic considerations you need to be aware of
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DID YOU KNOW?
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A high dietary intake of vitamin C has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes, as well as all other causes including cancer.
Many clinical and experimental studies have clearly demonstrated that stress, personality, attitude, and emotion are etiologic or contributory in suppressing the immune system as well as leading to the development of many diverse diseases.
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The most complete resource of its kind on alternative medicine
• Herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and alternative therapies
Their specific uses
Which ones really work (and which ones don’t)
What to watch out for
• Christian versus non-Christian approaches to holistic health
• Clinically proven treatments versus unproven or quack treatments
• Truths and fallacies about supernatural healing
• Ancient medical lore: the historical, cultural, and scientific facts
• And much, much more
Alternative Medicine is the first comprehensive guidebook to nontraditional medicine written from a distinctively Christian perspective. Keeping pace with the latest developments and research in alternative medicine, this thoroughly revised edition combines the most current information with an easy-to-use format. University lecturer and researcher Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, and national medical authority Walt Larimore, MD, provide detailed and balanced answers to your most pressing questions about alternative medicine—and to other questions you wouldn’t have thought to ask.
Two alphabetical reference sections:
Herbal remedies, vitamins, and dietary supplements
A description of each therapy and remedy, an analysis of claims, results of actual studies, cautions, recommendations, and further resources
Handy cross-references linking health problems with various alternative therapies and herbal remedies reviewed in the book