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30 Holistic Treatments Worth Trying

Cupping Therapy

Cupping is from ancient Chinese medicine practices and involves using heated glass suction cups at various places on the body. The suction cups form a vacuum which draws blood to the surface of your skin. This treatment helps sore muscles, promotes blood circulation, and releases toxins from the body. 

Qigong

Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that helps with balance, stress, improves heart health, and speeds up recovery time after surgery. Much like yoga, this holistic treatment combines body movements with breathing practices to balance your body’s flow of energy.

Chiropractic Therapy

A visit to the chiropractor can treat back and neck pain, muscle soreness, headaches, scoliosis, and other injuries. A licensed chiropractor identifies the root cause of your pain and adjusts your spine accordingly. Relief from pain can be instant and repeat visits can treat chronic conditions.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a therapy that focuses on applying pressure to specific areas in the hand and feet. Certain parts of the foot and hand are directly connected (by nerves) to other areas, organs, and muscles in the body. By putting pressure on these points, pain relief and stress are quickly treated.

Acupuncture

You might have heard of this holistic treatment before. Acupuncture uses very tiny needles that are inserted into the top layer of skin by a registered acupuncturist. The needles are placed into acupoints, or healing points, around the body to relieve muscle soreness, spasms, stress, and help with sleep disorders.

Music Therapy

Just like the name suggests, music therapy uses music-based treatments to help with stress, mood disorders, high blood pressure, and improves cognition in children with autism. An accredited music therapy professional works with you to create music, sing, dance, or just listen.

Thalassotherapy

This holistic treatment utilizes the healing power of the ocean. Seawater, mud, and algae used to treat skin conditions like eczema and rosacea, relieve stress, and improve circulation. The marine ingredients contain magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide, which have many natural benefits for the human body. 

Visualization

Sometimes called guided image therapy, visualization is used to treat addictions, stress, decision-making, and chronic pain. It works by having you imagine desired outcomes, which has been shown to be effective in changing behavior and emotional response to certain situations. A trained therapist can help you or you can try this treatment out on your own!

Hypnotherapy

It might just seem like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, but hypnotherapy is actually a form of psychotherapy. The patient is put into a state of hypnosis and then encouraged to change their thoughts, feelings, patterns, and behavior. This treatment helps with chronic pain, addictions, and eating disorders. 

Water Cure Therapy

This treatment is really simple; you drink 30-50 ounces of water as soon as you wake up. This comes from the idea that many people are dehydrated without knowing it, and that can make you feel sick and tired. Water cure therapy also helps with digestive problems.

Trager Approach

The Trager Approach is a treatment in which a certified practitioner moves the patient’s limbs in a series of stretches and poses. This helps reduce the risk of muscle tears, loosens the joints, improves posture, and helps with relaxation. You can also do some exercises on your own for at-home relief!

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy involves using the scents of essential oils to alleviate a variety of conditions. The oils can be put in a diffuser, put on a cloth to carry around, or applied in lotions. The different scents can relieve headaches, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and relieve stress. 

Pilates

Pilates is a more physically demanding form of body movement and breathing treatment, unlike yoga and Qigong. A series of controlled exercises, sometimes with equipment like a ball, help improve posture, flexibility, and strengthens your muscles. This is a great form of low-impact exercise that will lower your stress levels. 

Orgonomy

Orgonomy is a therapeutic treatment that helps people suffering from emotional distress. People with conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, anorexia, and schizophrenia can find lasting relief and coping mechanisms through orgone therapy. A medical therapist works with patients on their attitudes, behaviors, and habits to help form new, positive ones. 

Nutritional Healing

Similar to water cure therapy, the idea behind nutritional healing is that people are lacking in basic needs, such as vitamins and minerals. This treatment involves eating a certain diet made up of natural foods, herbs, and supplements to treat a variety of ailments and disorders. Benefits include a strengthened immune system, improved nutrition, and an overall feeling of wellness.

Apitherapy

This is one of the more intimidating treatments on this list because it involves bees! However, there’s nothing to be scared of. You don’t have to get stung by a bee, you just apply a variety of products with ingredients like bee pollen, beeswax, royal jelly, honey, and even bee venom to areas that hurt. This helps with reducing pain, inflammation, treating burns, and having strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. 

Tibetan Eye Chart

The eye chart refers to a diagram that’s used to perform a series of eye exercises that strengthens the muscles and nerves in your eyes. This helps improve vision, prevent vision problems in the future, and treat astigmatism. The best part? This treatment is completely free—just find a free printable version of the eye chart online!

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Structural Integration Therapy

Also known as rolfing, this treatment involves massage, gentle realignment of the bones, and applying pressure to certain points on the face to correct misaligned fascia (the connective tissue underneath your skin). Structural integration therapy improves posture, joint movement, and chronic pain.

Rebirthing Therapy

This isn’t what it sounds like! A rebirthing therapy session involves controlled breathing exercises in a one-on-one session with you and a practitioner. It’s designed to help cure certain conditions and deal with traumatic memories. Rebirthing can help with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.

Thai Massage

This type of massage therapy combines a few different holistic therapies including acupressure, yoga, and balancing your body’s energies. Unlike other massage techniques, Thai massage doesn’t use oils, and the client remains clothed. This helps with relieving muscle tension, stress, and helps with mobility. 

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Therapeutic horseback riding is a type of equine-therapy, which can help treat autism, behavioral issues, posture, ADHD, cerebral palsy, addiction, and so much more. With the help of a riding instructor, patients learn how to ride and handle a horse in order to improve balance, coordination, cognitive function, and muscle tone.

Sonopuncture

This treatment uses ultrasound waves to send vibrations deep into the body on specific pressure points. Sonopuncture has similar benefits to acupuncture but is much less invasive. The sound waves can help treat asthma, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and varicose veins, and help with pain.

Moxibustion

This is a type of traditional Chinese therapy and involves burning the Chinese herb “moxa” over the surface of the skin. By warming specific points on the body, this treatment stimulates circulation and promotes healing. Patients can look forward to pain relief, a strengthened immune system, and help with changing the breech position of babies. 

Seitai Therapy

Seitai is a Japanese treatment that focuses on bringing the body’s energies back to order. A Seitai practitioner will stimulate pressure points on your body in a specific order using their thumbs, elbows, and fingers. Seitai therapy helps with breathing problems, chronic pain, and stress.

Radionics

This type of therapy helps detect and treat diseases at an early stage by using energy waves. The idea is that healthy people and sick people give off different energy frequencies, and those frequencies can be measured in order to find certain illnesses. This is a great, non-invasive way to check for and treat ulcers, nerve disorders, spine injuries, cancer, and more.

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Auriculotherapy

Auriculotherapy focuses on stimulating the outside of your ears on specific pressure points using either small acupuncture needles or electromagnetic currents. This type of holistic treatment can help with insomnia, emotional disorders, anxiety, and chronic pain.

Autosuggestion

This type of holistic treatment makes you the master of your own health. You can think of this like self-hypnosis, but it’s really all about the power of your mind. By guiding your own thoughts, feelings, and behavior through positive self-talk, you can create new, positive thought patterns, ease anxiety and depression, eliminate bad habits, and fix relationship problems.

Ayurveda

This ancient Indian form of medicine focuses on restoring balance in your mind and body to prevent and cure diseases. Different Ayurveda treatments can include special herbs, diet changes, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, and massage. Other than treating diseases, benefits of this treatment include lowered blood pressure, stress relief, and an increase in fertility and libido.

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Electromagnetic Therapy

The idea behind this holistic treatment is that all functions in the body are controlled by electromagnetic waves, and disturbances in those waves are what causes disease. A practitioner uses electromagnets to rebalance the currents in your body, which can treat a variety of disorders such as ulcers, headaches, chronic pain, nerve disorders, injuries, arthritis, and so much more. 

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Bach Flower Therapy

This treatment involves 38 different therapies using flowers in a mixture of water, brandy, and essence from flower petals. Each bottle is specifically formulated to treat a certain emotion or negative state of mind and can be taken by adding a few drops to water or dripping it directly on your tongue. Bach flower therapy helps with depression, treating shock, improving confidence, and finding clarity.