The world is replete with a humongous variety of traditional, all-natural healing practices, addressing physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. That being said, there’s something for every type of ailment you might be experiencing.
We’re going to take a look at some of the healing practices done by people from all around the world- and they’ve been doing these for generations!
China, Vietnam, Egypt
Feeling a little under the weather with allergies, muscle tension, or a cold? You might want to look into Fire Cupping therapy. This style of therapy is one often used in the east, especially in Egypt, China, and Vietnam. It works like this: you lie down on your stomach. Your practitioner ignites a bit of cotton and puts it into a glass container, ridding it of all oxygen. They then position that container on your back. Yes, right on your bare skin. The result is a suction effect. It sounds crazy, but it’s been said to work and is quickly becoming popular here in the West.
Inspired by the Indian medicine system Ayurveda, Jamu is a practice that comes all the way from Java. Jamu involves herbal medicine mixture composed of a variety of flowers, seeds, roots, bark, and honey. Turmeric and ginger are also integrated to up the antioxidance. This mixture is taken hot and is said to help with arthritis, inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s and cancer. What’s great about it is that it’s very possible to DIY; recipes are available on the internet!
It’s a well-known fact that Native Americans have been turning to plants for healing for a very, very long time. As such, sweat lodge ceremonies that employ clay, agave cactus, willow, sage, and honey have been known to heal and detoxify. Another practice, one from the Apache, that works in tandem with natural elements is the use of burden baskets. They serve as a sort of receptacle for all your mental worries, like anxieties, fears, etc.
Kahunas and lomilomi massages
Kahunas are Hawaii’s very own holy men and healers. Lomilomi massages have been practiced in that beautiful country for several centuries, and it’s still being practised for a reason. They’re known to aid in draining swollen lymphatic glands and ease sore and aching muscles. So if you’ve been feeling sore, consider getting a lomilomi massage!
Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing art that employs the use of the power of touch. It not only eases physical ailments but it’s also said to heal your spiritually and mentally. Going in for a Reiki session, your practitioner will place their hands over different parts of your body to manipulate your “life force energy” flow. It’s famous for greatly reducing patients’ stress, anxiety, depression, and a plethora of other ailments known to plague one’s mind.
Chakra Healing is made up of meditation and breathing exercises and techniques. It addresses the body’s primary energy centers. With the word “chakra” meaning “wheel”, chakra itself is said to be spinning centers of energy found in your body, and where they’re located has to do with the type of pain you feel. According to this Indian tradition, chakras have to be balanced for us to function properly and they close when we experience negative emotions.