Ancient healing techniques can also be evidence based. Let go of outdated beliefs and adopt the best of both modern and ancient science. Find what works best for your specific ailment and one that is preventative. Results can vary, dependent on the method applied and engagement of patient. Complementary therapy will only work if the person really uses it.
Healing techniques that comprise a rational body of knowledge dating back centuries, can also be evidence based.
When you’re sick, using new methods and techniques can be beneficial. My father never benefited from this form of wisdom, as he believed anything other than traditional medicine should be classified as senseless bunk or voodoo. Illness taught me to search deeper, which has proven invaluable. Here are 3 important highlights I discovered through the years:
1. Century Old Healing Techniques Really Work
I was in a major car accident in my 20’s resulting in a head and neck injury that caused debilitating headaches. When my orthopedic doctor realized the pain medication wasn’t working, he suddenly revealed that he had another skill. He had also studied acupuncture! To my surprise and relief, when he applied it, the pain immediately disappeared.
Chinese leaders were tempted to discard their prescientific medical inheritance in the 20th century when they decided to emulate developed countries and modernize their medical system. But in 1958, for reasons that included scientific as well as cultural and economic concerns, the Central Committee decided to give traditional and modern medicine equal respect and place in China. 1
The ancient technique of acupuncture was proven to assist with pain, sleep and digestive problems. I would use it again in a flash for pain, but I wouldn’t choose it to fix a broken arm. One of the secrets of having optimum health today – is to let go of outdated beliefs – and to have a plan that includes the best use of both worlds, modern and ancient.
2. Results From Holistic Therapies Can Vary
Results from holistic techniques can vary, dependent on the method applied, and the engagement of the patient.
When I was told I needed a hysterectomy in my 30’s, I curbed my cynicism and began looking for new options. A friend told me of an ancient healing art called Jin Shin Jyutsu. Passed down from ancient records of Kojiki, it was revived in the early 1900’s in Japan by Master Jiro Murai. 2
The only problem is that many people report difficulty with their mind becoming still, not having enough time, or that it’s boring! Complementary therapy will only work if the person uses it.
3. A Enjoyable Healing Technique
A healing technique that is so enjoyable it actually motivates you to use it – is key.
The parameters I set for myself were – it has to work on people who don’t particularly like meditation (me), still have negative habits to let go of (me again), and works on ‘A type’ personalities who have difficulty finding time (guess who!).
Soon after having this vision, along with the impetus of not being able to walk, The Simplicity of Stillness® SOS Method was born, and SOS Audio Technology was developed to incorporate the energetic potential of the holistic techniques studied.
Listening to these beautiful recordings daily, my life and health began to change. When my back strengthened I hiked the mountains in Peru and the plains of Africa to celebrate my new-found health and to share this new technology. What happened then and over the next decade provided a continuum of data.
Tears would often appear when people experienced an inner space of calm and relaxation so deep it inspired hope in their lives. And the science of Neuroplasticity helped to clarify how dramatic behavioral change could occur when people with post traumatic stress syndrome released stress and trauma.
The motivational element was taken care of by using timeless and appealing music to occupy the mind; people who began their practice 10 years ago, still enjoy it today.
Even my Dad might change his mind if he was around. He could realize how lucky we are to have ancient and modern ways to heal that bring more joy and well-being in every day. And, maybe, just maybe he wouldn’t even have to get sick to figure it out.
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|1.||↑||“Acupuncture Anesthesia”: a Proclamation from Chairman Mao (Part III)|
|2.||↑||JIN SHIN JYUTSU[ref]He taught a few students who then brought it to different parts of the world. This hands on method releases blocks in the energetic pathways of the body formed by stress, which assist in regaining a natural flow of wellbeing.
Each time I arrived for treatments, within a day I felt better, and within a week the symptoms were gone. I had Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, (PID) which is a serious illness that can result in surgery; I knew it wouldn’t disappear overnight. The symptoms returned three more times over the next months and each time, I continued with the JSJ treatments. At the end of one year I was symptom free, and it has never returned.
When I remarried, I had a laproscopy and my doctor gave me some wonderful and surprising news. “Whatever those treatments were Marlise, they worked! You have no scarring, and are well enough to have another child!” I couldn’t have been happier.
Now that I realized there were alternative therapies that really worked, I continued to try more of them. There are many natural techniques that support wellbeing – and each will have varying levels of potency. Finding what works best for your specific ailment is important, and finding one that is preventative, could benefit every area of your life.
Research has shown that meditation and mindfulness practices can be therapeutic tools for addressing stress, depression and other issues.[ref]Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis.