Alternative and traditional medicine has held a place in history for thousands of years. Today many people throughout the world rely on natural remedies to treat all kinds of health concerns and conditions. More recently, with the study of evidence based research and clinical trials, the concept of "Integrative Health" has emerged. This is the combination of alternative medicine together with conventional medicine. After all, our bodies are designed to restore and heal themselves naturally. Read more about the history of some core natural therapies and modalities below.
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils (also known as volatile oils) from plants (flowers, herbs, or trees) for the improvement of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
At around 3,500 BC the Egyptians are credited with developing one of the first distillation machines a to extract oils from certain plants -- cedarwood, clove, cinnamon, to name a few -- which were used to embalm the dead. The practice of using infused aromatic oils as a mood enhancer, however, is thought to have roots in China.
The actual term "aromatherapy" first originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse invented the word after a burn incident spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils. On the heels of Gattefosse's "discovery" that lavender oil helped to cure his burn, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldiers' wounds in World War II, proving the medical benefits of aromatherapy.
Ear candles have a restorative spiritual function. They can help rest, balance and relax the mind and body as well as improve your overall wellbeing.
Ear candling is an ancient therapy that has been used traditionally by the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians and Tibetans for over 3,000 years. Native American cultures have a long history of using ear candling techniques for spiritual and therapeutic benefits.
The practice was used to cleanse the ear canal, but it is also believed to be a spiritual practice for clearing the mind and senses. It is further believed that Ear Candling performed on a regular basis will enhance meditation practices by heightening the sensitivity. Ear Candling is becoming more widely recognized among skilled practitioners. Today’s practitioners have continued the practice much like the Ancients. Candles have improved over the years to meet the ease and comfort of a client as well as the sanitary guidelines of modern day.
Detoxification (sometimes called body cleansing) is a type of alternative treatment which aims to rid the body of unspecified "toxins" – accumulated substances that proponents claim have undesirable short-term or long-term effects on individual health.
Detoxification is an ancient process that dates back as far as the Roman, Greek, Native American and Indian Cultures. Traditional herbal medicine is cross cultural. It was and has been a ritual in many societies. The premise surrounds around the process of purification and cleansing.