In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of alternative medicine and natural healing. 🙂
While I realize that there’s a place for our western (allopathic) medical system—particularly for treatment of traumas and emergencies—I strongly believe that nearly all disease can be treated successfully through the use of alternative therapies.
I should state that I’m not a doctor or any kind of licensed medical health practitioner, and I’m not offering medical advice. I’m simply stating an opinion. And there are plenty of physicians and other health care professionals who wholeheartedly agree with me. Even the famed Dr. Oz tends toward natural healing. Then there’s Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Al Sears, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Deepak Chopra, to name a few.
What got me on this tangent today is a piece I read in the Huffington Post. The article cites a recent study showing that more and more doctors are suggesting alternative therapies to patients:
“…a recent study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has found that three percent of people seeking out mind/body treatments, such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation, are doing so based on a referral from a medical provider.”
The research found that meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing, yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation were the most suggested alternatives.
All of these practices actually tie together beautifully, and I’m proud to say that I’ve taught all of them.
If you’re reading this blog, by now you’re familiar with meditation. I assume that most of my readers are also familiar with yoga and deep breathing. Guided imagery is, essentially, guided meditation. Progressive muscle relaxation is a practice that I often incorporate into my guided meditations as well.
Though I’ve always believed in natural healing and therapies, it still excites me to see alternative medicine becoming more mainstream and accepted both by doctors and patients. I also find it encouraging that the top five recommended treatments can basically be rolled together under one larger umbrella: meditation.
You can find the original Huffington Post article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/complementary-treatments_n_866555.html?ref=meditation.
Enjoy, and happy meditating!