I believe in alternative therapies to improve health and generally enhance one’s life. I haven’t tried a lot, but will do a little muscle stretching and adjust my diet before I pop a pill to cure what ails me. I just got an accupressure mat. I admit when I pulled it out of the box and looked at the circles of sharp plastic points, I cringed. It looked like a torture device. Supposed to relax, increase circulation, increase energy levels and help aching muscles. I’ve tried it twice now, and I’m hooked. It deeply relaxes me (and doesn’t hurt; much), and I think it would be great for calming a headache, or sore muscles ( of which I have many; started exercising a month ago).
It got me to thinking about all the gadgets and geegaws out there designed to help us without actual medicine. My mother-in-law and I went into WalMart the other day and she made a beeline to the jewelry dept. where she excitedly announced she didn’t have that magnetic bracelet, or that one! She got them both. I asked what the magnets were supposed to do for her. She couldn’t remember, but she knew they helped somehow. 🙂
Yoga is an indisputable alternative therapy that requires little in supplies beyond patience and some flexibility. I have the mat and the foam brick, but you know, yoga bores me. (though it is a good workout when done the P90X way). That pose to the left? That’s about the only one I can do well.
What about healing crystals? I love crystals and have many, but I forget what they mean and what chakra or emotion they are good for. I keep a clear crystal pyramid sitting below my computer monitor to send it good vibes. No major crashes yet. Anyone swear by crystals to improve health and mood? Tell us your favorite crystal and what it’s used for.
Tea is another therapy I can get behind, if only for the wellness of mind it grants, and perhaps the benefits to heart health. And isn’t that good enough?
What about homeopathy? I’ve tried the droplets, but it seems like you have to take so many throughout the day that you might as well just chug the whole thing at one time. I know, cynic rearing its head here, but I do think herbs provide medicinal effects, because don’t most pharmaceuticals originate from plants and herbs anyway?
I like to think that a good diet and positive attitude will cover you 99% in health and wellness. That other 1% I’ll leave up to you.
So what’s your favorite alternative gadget or therapy? I love to hear about them, and if you use it often, or maybe you tried something and thought it was hokum?