What Is Natural Medicine?

healingNatural medicine is basically any form of treatment for medicinal purposes that uses natural means to bring about a healing effect. Therefore, natural medicine does not use any kind of pharmaceutical drugs, although often many forms of natural treatment can be used alongside conventional medicine.

Natural medicine has been around for thousands of years, long before the development of pharmaceutical drugs. While natural medicine has its place in the modern world, sadly many now consider it as quackery.

Thankfully, modern science is constantly looking to evolve and understand medicine more and more. As a result, there have been many studies that have proven the effectiveness of various forms of natural treatment over the more recent years and continues to be a popular option for many people.

Common Forms Of Natural Treatment

Natural Therapy can come in many forms as it is generally an umbrella term for all kinds of treatment that involve natural means and without the use of drugs. Below are some of the most popular forms of natural therapy. This list is by no means exhaustive as there are many more wonderful natural forms of healing.

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is an approach to treatment by using several different tools in order to bring about and restore good health. A naturopath will typically use a combination of herbal medicine, dietary advice and recommendations for changes and adjustments, a look at a person lifestyle and recommending various adjustments and in some cases, they may also use homoeopathy treatment.

Homeopathy

Homoeopathy is a natural form of medicine that is based on the theory that like cures like. This means that if a person is suffering from a particular condition, then a herbal substance that could actually cause the symptom in the first place may be used but in very minute and diluted quantities. Then, once ingested, the body will then begin to form it’s own antibodies to the substance in order to restore health.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a medical system based on the knowledge of Chinese medicine. Believed to have originated in China several thousand years ago, acupuncture works by inserting tiny needles into points known as ‘acupoints’ at very specific places on the body. It is believed that by doing this one is able to trigger the bodies own healing responses to the ailment.

Studies have shown that acupuncture treatment is particularly effective for treating various forms of pain as it can have an effect on the nervous system.

Herbalism

Herbalism is an approach to illness by using medicinal herbs found in nature. The two most common forms of herbalism are known as Western herbalism and Chinese herbalism. Although their principles and philosophies are similar, they primarily differ in that Western herbalism will use herbs commonly found in the West and Chinese herbalism will use herbs and substances found in Asia, particularly in China.

Massage

Massage therapy is also considered a form of natural treatment, of which there are many forms and styles. Massage is a physical form of therapy that works topically on the body. Massage is used for a wide variety of reasons including stress relief, relaxation, muscle injuries, structural abnormalities and for the promotion of blood flow to name but a few.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a system based originating from Chinese and other Eastern traditions. Reflexology is a form of zone therapy as it focuses on particular zones of the hands and feet that are said to correspond or have an effect on different organs and structures elsewhere in the body.

Reflexology is applied in a massage like way at the specific zones in order to help promote the flow of blood and fluids in the areas that are showing to have a deficiency or weakness.