Living in a 24-hour society has taken its toll on our health and quality of sleep. Working shifts means going against our body’s natural rhythm. At night, we are supposed to be in deep slumber in the comfort of our bed, but night workers like my husband and I have to stay active, awake, and alert. During the day, while all others are busy in their works, it is time for us to tuck ourselves in bed, but hours have passed, and we are still wide awake, making us feeling restless and listless.
There is nothing easy for two strangers to live together and be in a marriage. The relationship will always be complicated, and although some were able to make it look easy, it never was. Between love and work, love is far more complicated and even more challenging. “The truth is that mature love is developed through daily feeding of the marriage and devotion to the relationship, which provide the oxygen that allows partners to survive and thrive in the vicissitudes of life,” explained by Stan Tatkin Psy.D.
My husband and I are married for almost seven years now. We have been together since college. The intimacy and sex between us have never been a problem. However, there are some articles we read where couples have issues with their sexual life and can sometimes cause their relationship to fail.
Some people are hooked on healing brought by ancient practice such as jade rollers, meditation, yoga, and even astrology. They like going back to trying old methods of healing despite all the modern technology science brings. They are seeking wisdom in wanting to connect with nature and finding the essence of their humanity.
Even our scientists of today continue working to discover how they can combine modern technology with the ancient practice for the advancement of the medical field. That then led to the creation of a new branch of science, ethnopharmacology, which focuses on the study of traditional medicine.
In 2015, the Nobel Prize was awarded for discovering a medicine from ancient herbal recipes.
Dr. Tu Youyou, along with other Chinese scientists, discovered the anti-malarial artemisinin from wormwood. This drug has saved millions of lives around the world for 40 years.
Opium morphine, codeine, and heroin all come from the opium poppy plant. Such drugs are all used as narcotics.
Quinine drugs are used to cure malaria and babesiosis is derived from the cinchona tree.
Digoxin is found in every part of the plant foxglove – the leaves, flowers, nectar, sap, and seeds.
Aside from the drugs mentioned above that are extracted from plants, there are more that have been used since the ancient times that are widely used and have been very helpful in saving lives in our modern times.
Milkweed (also knowns as petty spurge), is used for the treatment of warts as described by an ancient herbalist and botanist, Nicolas Culpeper. Though it can cure warts, it can also cause irritation if you are not knowledgeable on how to use it.
Subsequently, in 1997, Dr. Alyward found an active component, ingenol mebutate, that he discovered was toxic to quickly duplicating human tissue. Moreover, most recently, clinical trials derived gel from milkweed sap that is said to be effective in preventing lesions from developing into skin cancer.
Leeches were popularly used and considered as a more improved method of bloodletting which has become a big business in 1830 in Europe. They were also used to treat many ailments. However, due to advances in rational science, the use of leeches as a method of bloodletting was set aside. Then with the recent modernization in the field of surgery, leeches are now back in the laboratory. Some hospitals like University College London Hospitals use leeches in draining excess blood post microsurgery. This method helps promote natural healing.
Leeches can also be used for the postoperative care of skin grafts. It generates the protein that prevents blood clotting and provides time for the small veins to knit themselves back together.
A farm located in Wales supplies tens of thousands of medicinal leeches to different hospitals all over the world, making Wales the center for leech therapy.
The Willow tree bark was used during Ancient Egypt and also by Hippocrates to relieve pain. However, it was in 1915 when Bayer, a giant pharmaceutical company, began selling it as over-the-counter aspirin, and used not only as a painkiller but also to reduce the risk of strokes and help prevent cancer.
Snowdrops are where galantamine is extracted from. Galantamine is a supplement, and the only remedy found yet that can aid dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The drug was first separated from snowdrop in the early 1950s by a Bulgarian pharmacologist and was officially approved for use as a drug in Bulgaria in 1958.
Ancient healing with the use of medicinal plants may have saved many lives in our modern times, but using it to self-medicate is not safe. It cannot work just by simply extracting the active ingredients from these plants. It can save lives when used appropriately but can also pose harm if not handled correctly by experts because it can also be poisonous.
Tibetan medicine offers one of the most compassionate, emphatic and yet effective types of medicine there is. Tibetan medicine dates back from the oldest known human civilization. The practice uses all of the senses in the body especially intuition, to fight for degrees of imbalances in the mind and body. When done correctly, this prevents ill-being.
Healing Of Ancient Wisdom
The healing adopts integrative healthcare that promotes wellness, especially, the mind of the ill person. This tradition believes that the causes of illness are the negative energies in the body such as ego, ignorance, anger, and delusion which then gives rise to mental poisons.
Tibetan practitioners constitute holistic healthcare to the body and provide diagnostic procedures with love, compassion, and peace. Tibetan practitioners are well known for treating disorders with altruism, patience, and ethics. It is to give way to more understanding of the body, mind, and their connection to the environment.
Cure From Nature
Tibetan doctors are taught that there is nothing in the world that cannot be used in some form of medicine. Their traditional knowledge includes turning a vast number of minerals and plants into medicinal compounds. Tibetan culture derives its cure from different metals, shells, herbs and animal parts. Tibetan doctors believe that the plant kingdom is the counterpart for anything that causes discord in our body.
Tibetan medicine brings noncomplex, natural and practical solutions for modern health, solutions such as disciplined diet and intake of pure mineral medicines. Also, Tibetan herbalists, in general, were the first ones to introduce to the world the healing wonders of garlic.
Tibetan doctors used three main techniques for their natural healing.
Observation as the first primary rule in locating what specific part of the body is affected by an infection.
Pulse reading or touches to reflect diseases to the physician. As for Tibetan practice, it takes decades to master pulse reading fully.
Lastly, questioning/interrogating, the most informative of the techniques. The individuals answer questions on how their illness began, the location of the disease and symptoms of the illness. Excellent communication between the patient and the doctor is very essential. The doctor must be aware of the diet, well-being, and lifestyle of the patient.
The medicine or extracted herbs of Tibetan practice rely on its medical powers solely in ritual, mantras, and prayers. Healing procedure occurs all at the same time while taking medicinal herbs. Blessed pills and water are used extensively in the process of healing. Blowing mixtures of herbs is a conventional method of the Tibetan to relieve pain and to promote regeneration of the affected part of the body.
This type of traditional healing is practiced by hospitals around the world, with China and India becoming the training ground for doctors aspiring to have full knowledge of philosophy. This practice brings back modern medicine to the lost memories of the time when people still had different contact with nature and animals.
Tibetan medicine and principles bring another way to treat diseases, primarily complex and chronic illnesses. It should always be one of your choices to do traditional medicine rather than focus solely on what your modern doctor prescribes you.
Many of us after a long day of labor or a hard day’s job, often rely on the sound of music as a way to relieve stress, continue the evening with a more positive outlook or to maintain a sense of happiness that such music brings.
Herbalism, also known as herbology, herbal medicine, or phytology, is the study and use of plants and food for medicinal purposes. It is the oldest therapeutic practice done by people to cure a wide range of medical conditions since the beginning of time.
The oldest methods of healing date back from the earliest known civilization, ancient ways of healing contribute a big deal to modern medical doctors.
What is Hermeticism?
Hermeticism or Hermetism is known as a spiritual, philosophical, and apocryphal tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus (“Thrice Great”) that is believed to occur around the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Historians found evidence that the earliest texts of medicine come from hermetic. Hermetic is derived from the name of the Greek god Hermes.
Sir William Osler is among the four founding professors of John Hopkins Hospital, and he said that the father of medicine was not Hippocrates but instead Imhotep. He is recognized as the world’s first doctor.
Sir William Osler said that Imhotep was:
“… the first figure of a physician to stand out clearly from the mists of antiquity.”
Some regarded illness as a divine punishment Wisdom from the wounded soldiers who battled in the 4th century BC gained healers experience to develop cure It became insights for the improvement of medicines.
Healing The Hermetic Way
Hermetic healing is a traditionalized healing technique from the ancient times; it works quickly to change physical, mental and spiritual self. Hermetic healing channels universal life force and called in many forms – the tao, God, chi, spirit, and chakras.
The belief that all sickness has its origin in the invisible nature of man is one of the fundamentals of the teachings.
It all starts with your health. Health is a scale of degrees. It does not go from health to sickness. Your health begins from gradual changes to illness and disease.
Acupuncture comes from the heretic healing that is the stimulation of the flow of energy of the body to a more balanced state. In stimulating the inside of the body, needles are inserted to electromagnetic the 14 meridians of the body.
Those are some of the basic practices of hermetic healing. Traditional healing is often effective especially if it is practiced continuously.
When a particular person suffers from a mental health problem or a medical-related issue, the first thing that usually comes up is the need to find the cure. In our society, the most common remedy is to take medications or supplements that are given out by doctors. However, there are also some people who believe in the efficiency of alternative medicines. This kind of treatment is often called complementary medicine.
Eating disorders are a group of mental health conditions that are characterized by inappropriate eating patterns when confronted with stress or any pressing life situations. The person will then resort to behaviors such as intentional deprivation of food, excessive physical exertion to lose weight, or overeating then getting rid of recent food intake. It should be taken seriously, and mental help is highly needed because it can lead to severe complications and even death. This mental health problem may also co-develop with another which is depression. According to Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD, “Symptoms may include persistent feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or emptiness.”
Eating disorders include anorexia and bulimia, the most common. “Being severely underweight and malnourished, which is common in anorexia, can cause physiological changes that are known to negatively affect mood states,” says Lisa Lilenfeld, PhD, an associate professor and an expert in eating disorders. Bulimia, creates the binge-purge cycle which is equally dangerous to one’s physical health.
Treating eating disorders will vary depending on the level of acceptance, will, and commitment of the person to be addressed. Mental health professionals such as psychologist will conduct therapy sessions with the person allowing oneself to reframe the mind into giving importance to self-worth and correcting body image disturbance. Alongside with talk therapy, positive coping mechanisms are introduced to help the person face every challenge with optimism as well as healthy eating practices to regain one’s physical health and encourage healthy living practices.
There is no specific medication to treat eating disorders. Since anxiety highly triggers the condition, psychiatrists often prescribe anti-anxiety drugs to minimize the symptoms and calm the person. Most of the times, persons with eating disorders are also depressed due to their constant thoughts that they are too fat or “not presentable.” If there are some indications of depressive states, psychiatrists then administer antidepressant medications. In the case of binge eating or obesity, appetite suppressants are frequently given help curb appetite.
There is no final consensus on whether alternative modalities to treating eating disorders are highly effective if taken alone. Specialists always recommend that it should be together with or in conjunction with the traditional treatments. Also, if the person opted to use alternative therapies, they should inform their medical provider of such decision.
Our research led us to the following alternative treatments that have shown positive effects in managing eating disorders:
Acupuncture. An old Chinese therapeutic technique of inserting needles in specific body points that are believed connected with the neural pathways thus correcting the imbalance. Most individuals with eating disorders have a problem with depression and anxiety. Through acupuncture, brain chemicals responsible for the regulation of mood are made available if not adequate and suppressed if there is enough supply.
Aromatherapy. Aromatic scents can regulate mood and feelings. Although little research is known on how aromatherapy helps in eating disorders, its primary aim is to induce a calming and soothing effect to minimize any episodes of stress or depression. Some scents can also stimulate appetite and increase food intake.
Yoga and meditation. In anorexia nervosa, extreme exercising is prohibited because this can aggravate the condition. Yoga is a meditative form of exercise and can be helpful in managing depression and regulate mood. Together with proper body positioning, this form of alternative treatment can also treat other physical or medical problems such as back pain, controlling blood pressure and heart rate and gastrointestinal issues. Meditation allows mental clarity which can ease the person’s anxiety levels.
Homeopathic medicine. An old form of alternative treatment where it has made positive claims in other medical and psychological disorders as well. Homeopathy involves the preparation of herbal plants and minerals to make pills or potions and taken by the person to help cure any medical or mental problems. The practice has been going on for several centuries, and some have proven their benefits.
Also, do not discount this. “Psychotherapy can be very helpful in addressing not only your disordered eating, but also your overall emotional health and happiness. Indeed, the focus of psychotherapy treatment will be to address the underlying emotional and cognitive issues that result in the disordered eating,” says John M. Grohol, Psy.D.