An overview of alternative healing methods

The acupuncture was probably already applied in the 3rd millennium BC in China. In Europe, it has been used since about the 50s of the 20th century. In this method, fine needles are stung in certain points of the body, which regulate the flow of energy and thereby solve blockages and disorders. Acupuncture is used for pain, neurological problems, respiratory and digestive diseases, but also for ENT, eye or skin diseases, as well as joint problems and obstetrics. In the field of acupuncture, much research has recently been conducted. Since April 2006, the treatment especially for back and knee pain can also be taken over by the statutory health insurance.

Anthroposophic medicine

1920 by the Austrian physician Rudolf Steiner and the Dutch doctor Dr. med. Ita Wegman founded as a supplement to conventional medicine, based on anthroposophic spiritual science. Anthroposophic medicines are made from animal, vegetable and mineral substances using special pharmaceutical processes and strengthen the body's self-healing powers. The method has a more comprehensive approach because of its image of man and can be easily combined with the means of conventional medicine. Therefore, the method is suitable as an extended concept for all medical disciplines.

aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is one of the oldest forms of healing known to ancient Egyptians. The term was coined in the 1920s by the French chemist Gattefosse. The stimulating, soothing or antibiotic effect of aromatherapy is based on the ingredients of the essential oils, which are absorbed through the nose, lungs, skin or gastrointestinal tract. Essential oils are used primarily for colds, they are also well suited to treat mild infections and to lighten the mood.

Bach flower therapy

The Bach flower therapy goes to the English doctor. Edward Bach, who developed a total of 38 Bach flower essences. Bach flower essences influence and harmonize the mental level and in this way have a favorable influence on the organism, but they do not heal organic diseases directly. Followers of the Bach flower therapy see versatile applications, especially in anxiety, nervousness and inner restlessness, indigestion and sleep problems. As a method, the Bach flower therapy is controversial, since the effect is based on non-demonstrable methods. Homeopathy was founded at the end of the 18th century by the physician Samuel Hahnemann. It is based on the principle that herbal, animal or mineral substances, which cause certain symptoms in healthy people, can cure diseases with just these symptoms. Homeopathy can be used in a wide variety of diseases, for example skin diseases, asthma, anxiety disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, allergies or rheumatism. A possible mechanism of action of homeopathy is scientifically unclear despite many efforts. Clinical research indicates efficacy in certain situations.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese medicine has been developed over thousands of years into highly developed medicine. Since the middle of the 20th century, the method has been increasingly used in Europe. TCM promotes the balance between matter (yin) and energy (yang) and harmonizes the five elements water, fire, wood, metal, and earth, which are associated with certain symptoms. TCM has proven itself in the treatment of chronic pain, allergies, atopic dermatitis, chronic inflammation and, above all, disorders and musculoskeletal pain. The TCM can take many suggestions from European conventional medicine. The herbal remedies provide many opportunities, Qigong and Tai Chi are very effective.

Kneipp therapy

The Kneipp therapy was introduced in the 19th century by Pastor Sebastian Kneipp. In addition to water therapy, the concept also includes the use of medicinal plants, targeted physical exertion such as gymnastics and sports, a well-balanced diet and orderly, modest lifestyle. The Kneipp therapy is used for cardiovascular and vascular diseases, for vegetative-nervous dysfunctions, in the recovery phase after serious illness or also for hardening.

Biochemistry according to Schüßler

The homeopathic physician Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler presented in 1873 a form of therapy, which he called "biochemical cure". After this cure, diseases are largely the cause of a disturbed mineral balance. The minerals are supplied to the cells in highly diluted form (twelve Schüßler salts). Schüßler salts have a preventive effect on various diseases, they inhibit inflammation and promote healing processes. However, they have problems in scientific proof.
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