Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art. Although still unproven, it is incredibly popular and many doctors recommend acupuncture treatment to patients as an alternative to chemical medications. Acupuncture works on the understanding that all living beings have energy, which is known as qi. Qi travels along twelve meridians, or energy lines, that are found within the body. Sometimes, the qi becomes blocked and this leads to problems we know as pain and illnesses, both physical and mental. During an acupuncture sessions, needles are inserted into specific body points, which restores the natural flow of qi.
What is homeopathy? Homeopathy is a system of medical therapy that uses infinitesimal doses of medicines, or remedies. The remedies, which must be shaken to be considered homeopathic, are prepared from the plant, animal and mineral substances. It is the same thing as herbal medicine? Not at all. Herbal medicines uses tinctures of botanical substances, whereas homeopaths use ultradiluted “micro” doses from not only plants, but minerals or any other substance found in nature.
What did the Mayans use for an enlarged prostate? How did Native Americans relieve bronchial congestion? Herbalism, or herbal medicine, has been overlooked during the twentieth century by many physicians and hospitals. But, new research, especially by the Mayo Clinic and other research facilities, show that some herbs hold their own as scientifically-sound remedies for many ills.