More and more people nowadays turn to natural healing methods when seeking help for their health issues.

The healthcare industry is made up of millions of people who use countless medications and treatments in an effort to heal others. As we live longer and longer the industry keeps growing bigger. But what if you already had everything you needed to heal yourself?

Too often we’re quick to run to the doctor’s office or pharmacy for a fast medical fix that addresses the problem but doesn’t necessarily correct it. We’ve been conditioned to believe that medical intervention is the answer when there are natural alternatives that can also be used.

Here are four natural healing solutions that not only provide instant relief, they also help to heal the body.

1. Qigong

Qigong is an ancient form of healthcare that began in China. The practice involves standing in different postures and poses, using specific breathing techniques and focused intention. Qigong calms the mind and body while helping to increase flexibility, balance, and stamina. It’s also known to improve digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and lymphatic functions.

There are three categories of qigong that each have their own unique benefits:

  • Medical – Gentle qigong used to treat pain and aid in recovery.
  • Martial – This type of qigong helps build strength and stamina.
  • Spiritual – Relaxing and calming moves help reduce stress.

Make sure to find a practitioner that has a Qigong certification. There are five levels of certification, and therapists can either be a Certified Qigong Instructor or a Certified Medical Qigong Practitioner.

2. Meditation

It may not seem like you’re doing much when you meditate, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The subconscious mind has a self-healing power, you just have to know how to tap into it.

When you have control over your subconscious, it increases mindfulness and your ability to change bad health habits or your mindset. It doesn’t take much time for meditation to make a positive impact. Some experts suggest that as little as five minutes a day of uninterrupted meditation time can make a difference.

Studies have shown that people who practice meditation can lower stress levels, boost energy, and improve creative thinking. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Lowering stress alone can have a ripple effect that improves your overall health.

3. Massage

Massage feels good for a reason – it’s healing the body. Whether you need to ease muscle tension or recover from a sports injury, in the hands of a licensed masseuse you can result in the natural healing of many tissue injuries and ailments.

The most important factor, besides using a trained professional, is to select the right type of massage. There are many different forms of massage that can be combined for a custom treatment. Some of the most common types of massage include:

  • Swedish – The long, flowing strokes help relax the mind and body.
  • Deep Tissue – Hard pressure is used to release chronic muscle tension.
  • Reflexology – This Eastern massage involves massage specific points in the hands, feet, and heat area to heal the body.
  • Hot Stone – Warm stones are strategically placed on the body then used to massage away soreness and tension.
  • Shiatsu – This ancient Japanese massage uses stretching and finger pressure to improve pain and tension.

4. Acupuncture

In medicine needles are common, and never is that truer than in an acupuncturist’s office. Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine and has been used in Asia for centuries.

Many studies have been conducted to measure the effectiveness of acupuncture. While researchers still don’t know the exact mechanisms involved, acupuncture has been shown to relieve pain and improve sleep among other health benefits.

Acupuncture is so effective at treating certain ailments it’s now covered by many insurance policies. During an acupuncture session, the acupuncturist will stick very fine needs into various points on the body.

The needles are thought to promote the body’s natural healing process by stimulating acupuncture points on the body. Heat, pressure, and/or gentle electricity are sometimes used in addition to the acupuncture needles.

Acupuncture is generally safe, but it’s extremely important to only use a licensed acupuncturist who only uses brand new, sterile needles straight from their original packaging.

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