Acupuncture, kinesiology, massage, reflexology…. to seasoned pro’s in the alternative medicine game, these old players are long time standers. Known to offer a variety of benefits - anything from additional energy, unblocking mental energy and releasing QI for optimal functioning, alternative therapies are gaining widespread attention from the community as we continue to embrace holistic living. So which are the next ones to hit the scene that you’re going to want to talk about? PS - it may or may not involve believing that white stones on the floor are sacred and will heal you, exemplified by yours truly.
1. Intermittent fasting: ah, weight loss. That old pickle. This new age offering serves to cleanse, reboot and eliminate those extra kilos from your frame that have been hanging around since christmas (or last christmas). With a variety of formats - eg. night fasting from 4pm to 12pm, restricting calorie intake to below 500 once a week, and of course, the juice fast, advocates argue our bodies are bombarded with a host of toxins, chemicals and generally horrible additives which stagnate our livers natural ability to cleanse. Fasting, it suggests, gives our detoxification systems an opportunity to recharge and come back with a bang.
Pro: clinical studies have shown support for the hypotheses above.
Con: screws with your social life, attitude towards food and routines.
Conclusion: use with caution, or book in to a retreat which ensures your wellbeing for the fasting period.
2. Magnet therapy: you’ve probably seen athlete X sponsored by magnet therapy brand X and wondered what the hell he is on about. Us too. At it’s essence, there has been growing arousal in the electromagnetic as it’s suggested that it can improve muscle recovery, brain disorders, sports injuries and even depression. By applying a low induction impulse to the skin, it increases their oxygen levels which allows greater repair, recovery and reproduction. This is experienced as a tingling sensation rather than the imagined electro-shock therapy a-la the 1970’s. There has been some improvement shown by this therapy, however the studies are limited.
Pro: no serious side affects noted
Con: could be useless and simply a placebo effect
Conclusion: Try it for yourself and you be the judge. Preferably before you let all your mates know as they could think you’re going a bit koo-koo.
3. Neuro-lingustic programming (NLP): new to some, not to others, this approach analyses your actions - verbal / non verbal communication for example - for an insight into your mental beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and your overall health. Your personal profile is then compared against the already existing ‘human excellence’ template which was constructed by the founding fathers of this technique, who had extensively studied the communication styles, behaviour patterns and even eye movements of successful, healthy and wealthy individuals. Then, the two are put together and you as the patient are encourages to adapt different thinking styles to therefore create a more positive, beneficial outcome for any of the problems you are experiencing.
Pro: based on significant science and has hugely positive results
Con: not a quick fix
Conclusion: change your thoughts and change your world… they’re onto something here.
Well there you have it, the alternative therapies to throw out at your next work / sister in law’s / next door neighbours dinner party. This list is obviously not extensive (yes, there actually were more than 3 new stream of therapy in the past year), however these are the ones that people will have heard whispers about.. now you can give them the 4-11. Lucky you, you guru.