Metaphysical and alternative healing techniques have been used for centuries to cure the mind, body and soul of physical and emotional ailments. The curative effects of these ancient tried and true techniques have been documented for millennium and are now making a steady resurgence in the West and globally.
Scientific research into the mind body connection continues to provide further evidence that the body and mind are interconnected. These findings bolster many ancient claims stating that full and long lasting healing can occur when the mind, body and spirit are treated.
In 2007, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which conducts annual health surveys in the United States, included a survey on the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The survey revealed that almost 38 percent of American adults were using some form of alternative medicine with traditional Western medicine to improve their overall health and well-being.
The list of alternative and metaphysical healing techniques is extremely numerous and variations on techniques differ for specific ailments. Metaphysical healing incorporates a strong believe that when given the necessary tools and directions the body can and will heal itself. True healing begins when the mind, body and spirit are in balance. When stress has been eliminated from the body balance occurs and allows the body to heal. Listed below are some of the ancient healing tools and practices that are proven to enhance health and well-being.
Aromatherapy is a metaphysical healing technique that uses essential oils, incense and resins to relax or stimulate the senses. Science has proven that aromatherapy is extremely beneficial and safe. There are no dangerous side effects and it can be used anywhere at any time. Each scent effects the body and mind differently. Listed below are two of the most popular incenses used in aromatherapy.
Sandalwood incense is used to reduce tensions, mood swings and stress levels. It positively enhances the nervous system and is used to help heal depression, anxiety and it aids in controlling anger. As an expectorant, sandalwood is said to be very effective in reducing asthma related wheezing, coughs, and other symptoms of respiratory disorders. Spiritually, sandalwood is used as an aid in meditation. It is said to promote grounding, relaxation, increase spiritual awareness, openness and enhance intuition.
Lavender incense is noted for its ability to calm and soothe. Smelling lavender can stimulate memory, reduce stress hormones in the blood, ease tensions, enhance immunity and help one sleep. Spiritually, lavender is used for loyalty and longevity.
Ancient healers have known for centuries that everything that exists has its own energy and vibration frequency. Energy healing alters different vibration frequencies to facilitate healing. Numerous methods of energy healing exist and each is based on the belief that cosmic energy can be directed to a specific area of the body to promote healing of mind, body and spirit.
Sound Healing incorporates the scientifically proven fact that energy fields and vibrational frequency do exist within the body. Sound healing aims to alter frequencies to bring the mind, body and spirit back into alignment so that healing can occur. Sound therapy can reduce pain and depression. Each part of the body is said to have its own sound frequency and therefore responds better when sound healing is attune to that areas frequency.
One of the most popular tools used in sound therapy is the singing bowl. This ancient tool has been used for centuries to center the body and mind during meditation. When played in a harmonized pattern, singing bowls can create the rhythmic frequency of “Om” which is said to synchronize brainwaves, slow respiration and reduce stress.
Chakra balancing is another form of energy healing. The Chakras are the seven energy centers of the human body; they enhance physical, mental and spiritual well being. Each chakra runs along the spine and corresponds to every primary nerve and endocrine system in the human body. When a chakra is blocked or out of balance it can lead to illness.
Meditation is the ancient practice in which a person trains the mind to become balanced mentally, physically and emotionally. When practiced regularly meditation reduces depression, stress and anxiety. It lowers blood pressure and allows the muscles and mind to relax. Meditation improves self esteem, the thought process and self control.
The mala has been used in meditation rituals for more than 5000 years. It is a string of beads used for chanting a mantra or prayer, in sets of 108 repetitions, to train the spiritual self. In meditation it serves as a tool to focus ones attentions and energies.
Metaphysical healing offers people a non-invasive way to treat and or supplement traditional medical care to optimize health and well-being. It incorporates the mind, body, spirit connection for whole body wellness with no side effects.