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Modern Therapies for Alternative Healing

Most people who become physically or mentally ill turn to the medical community for help in controlling, mitigating or preferably eliminating the symptoms. As discussed herein, the term “medical community” refers to all forms of traditional medical practice, including the psychiatric community; as such, it focuses primarily on treatment of the body and the mind of the patient or client, with the spiritual therapeutic component typically being a distant consideration.

Given the extensive experience of today’s medical practitioners and the extraordinary technological advancement of medical science, modern medical practice has substantially improved the quality of life and extended the life of the great majority of people, as well as performing what would have been considered as miraculous healing just one or two centuries ago. Interestingly, the term “miracle” is normally reserved for the spiritual community; we should not be so conservative in the application of the term, for miracles have no boundaries. Equally important, the boundaries of miracles are pushed back when we combine the synergistic healing potentials of body, mind and spirit.

Around the world, more and more people are recognizing and even accepting the healing potential of spiritual therapies, many of which fall into the category of  “soul therapies” as will be discussed extensively in The Soul Channel blog. As evidence of the expanding use of alternative therapies, roughly half of all Danish people have used some form of CAM treatments, and 75% of adults in the USA have used one or more CAM therapies. And of course the Chinese and other Asian countries have used “Chinese medicine,” such as acupuncture, for millennia.

Nationally Recognized Alternative Therapies

The most basic of the alternative therapies is meditation, which has broad application as a relaxation and healing tool. Meditation is becoming more commonly recommended by the medical community for stress reduction, just as it is becoming more widely used as a business tool for mitigating stress, improving health, promoting better working relationships among employees, and enhancing creativity.

For example, recently on the popular US television program “The Dr. Oz Show“, meditation was identified as a mechanism for diet control and weight loss. The Dr. Oz web link hosts a related video of renowned spiritualist Deepak Chopra as he defines meditation, performs a healing meditation, and demonstrates the law of attraction and meditation.

As another example, the website for the US National Institute of Health identifies many cancer treatment programs, including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of “standard care.” Standard care is what medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, and allied health professionals, such as registered nurses and physical therapists, practice. “Alternative medicine” means treatments that you use instead of standard ones. “Complementary medicine” means nonstandard treatments that you use along with standard ones. Examples of CAM therapies for cancer treatment include, but are not limited to:

  • acupuncture
  • chiropractic
  • herbal medicines and botanical supplements
  • antioxidants
  • massage
  • yoga
  • self-induced or guided imagery
  • hypnosis (for pain reduction and for therapy)
  • biofeedback
  • reflexology
  • homeopathy
  • energy medicine (tai chi, reiki, therapeutic touch)
  • other “Chinese medicine”

Such therapeutic tools typically focus on “treating the whole person,” recognizing the spiritual nature of each individual and the critical importance of their individual contributions to self-care and self-healing. Most people can identify one or more CAM treatments on the above list which they have never heard of, and scarcely anybody has tried them all. Yet they have all become common tools for the treatment of cancer, and some of these therapies form a synergistic bridge for body-mind-spirit healing.

No Single Therapy Fits All

It is important to note that, by definition, complementary and alternative medicine consists of therapies that are unproven by Western medical standards even when recognized as proven, effective therapies in other nations. However, given the many therapies in existence, some work as intended and with a high success rate, whereas others are likely to be ineffective or can even be harmful. Moreover, given the complexity and differentiation of humans, a therapy which is effective for one patient or client is not effective for all patients or clients — and this is equally true for standard medicine as well as for alternative therapies. Similarly, all medicines and therapies have their strong advocates (supporters) as well as their antagonists (enemies).

When an illness or dis-ease is resistant to standard treatments, has severely impacted your quality of life, or is life threatening, the search for information on alternative therapies escalates rapidly and appropriately. What should be most important is that each individual choose a course of treatment based on their personal research and their personal level of comfort with the therapeutic process and the practitioner (therapist).

Soul Therapies

Hopefully, you will find The Soul Channel to be of some assistance in your selection process through its discussions of those alternative therapies which fall under the generic umbrella I refer to as “soul therapies.” All soul therapies have an important spiritual component, and some are included in the preceding list of alternative therapies; others will be addressed in subsequent blogs and will include:

  • regression (current life and past life) therapies
  • progression therapy
  • spirit releasement an therapy
  • dream therapy
  • spirit profiling and diagnostics
  • mediumship and intuitive readings
  • “soul surgery”

Brief discussions of soul therapies will be added to The Soul Channel over the next few days. Thereafter, as time permits, each will be discussed in more detail, including links to additional information and therapists. Tune in tomorrow!

[For related books on various soul therapies, visit the Soul Shop page.]


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