‘I used to be very sceptical of healing’

Dr Michael Sears has healing hands. Over the years he has helped cure or ease numerous patients of their ill-health. But the GP trained healer is modest about his skills and refers to himself as merely the conduit of the healing power. Alternative Healing Research Resources on Alternative Healing Born the son of a carpenter […]

Americans spend $48 bn on alternative medicine

WASHINGTON: Americans spend $48 billion a year on alternative health therapies, including homeopathy, ayurveda, acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicines, reports here say. The government does not regulate most of it, and the medical establishment in the US scorns nearly all of it. Yet alternative medicine is gaining such popularity that some swear it works […]

Alternative care gaining legitimacy

Yoga, qi gong, acupuncture, herbology classes offered in area hospitals Hospitals have long been viewed as staid bastions of traditional Western medicine, a world apart from practices like yoga and acupuncture. Now, that image is changing as hospitals across Delaware and the nation add nontraditional methods known as alternative, complementary or integrative care to their […]

Lawsuit alleges cult rebuff led to firings

Ex-worker claims `new age’ pressure Supervisors who were members of a “new age” cult at an Exxon Mobil Corp. laboratory in Baytown harassed and fired workers who rebuffed cult recruitment efforts, according to a lawsuit filed by a former laboratory employee. William McCracken, 63, of Houston alleges that he and at least two other employees […]

Eastern art of healing to be used on horses

The Japanese healing art of Reiki is being used on horses by a Carmarthenshire breeder and trainer. Joan Hunter, from Ponthenri near Llanelli, is in demand from animal lovers after qualifying as a Reiki Master. Reiki Research resources on Reiki Research resources on alternative healing Joan, aged 52, who moved to Ponthenri from Hertfordshire three […]

Acupuncture offers pain relief without traditional Western medicine

The World Health Organization sanctions the treatment for many conditions, including asthma, allergies, depression, infertility, insomnia, anxiety, hypertension and headaches Jeremiah McCarthy never knew much about acupuncture, but when his doctor told him he needed a knee cap replacement last year, he decided it was worth trying. Acupuncture had given his wife great relief from […]

Studies question herbal remedies’ claims

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) –Herbal remedies are often marketed on the Internet with misleading or unproven health claims that violate federal law, according to a study of 443 Web sites. The finding — and an unrelated study suggesting that magnetic heel insoles are ineffective at relieving pain — question the marketing practices of widely popular alternative […]

Some Popular Techniques to Combat Stress

Stressed Out? Some Popular Techniques That Are Used to Combat Stress Sept. 15 Battling stress has become a top priority for many Americans who become frazzled as they try to balance a million responsibilities at once. Plagued by rising health-care costs and increasing absenteeism due to stress, companies, health clubs and health-care providers all over […]

Ancient art of reiki gaining mainstream popularity

Healing hands: The ancient art of reiki gaining mainstream popularity Linda Myers considers herself a live wire in the literal sense. She likens it to being an electrical cable in which she taps into the energy force of the universe and passes it along to another person. She does this through performing a hands-on […]

UNM students can learn curanderismo’s healing ways

Soothing the spirit: It’s not witchcraft, practitioners say, and UNM students can learn curanderismo’s healing ways Albuquerque Tribune, July 5, 2003 http://www.abqtrib.com/ By Meredith Wade [0.5PTmwade@abqtrib.com], Tribune Reporter An offbeat, squeaky flute and an overturned garbage can serving as a drum are all the music they need to dance. The only other sounds from the […]

Reiki, acupuncture fail to get official nod

The Hindu (India), May 17, 2003 http://www.hinduonnet.com/ By P.Sunderarajan NEW DELHI May 16. There is some disappointing news for the practitioners of alternative systems of medicine like reiki, acupuncture, magnetotherapy, pranic healing, hypnotherapy, colour therapy, aroma therapy, music therapy, reflexology, gems and stone therapy, electropathy, electro-homeopathy, urine therapy and auto-urine therapy. The Centre has formally […]

Prosecutors Drop Fight to Force Surgery for

Associated Press, May 12, 2003 http://ap.tbo.com/ By Sarah Freeman, Associated Press Writer PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) – Prosecutors dropped their fight Monday to override a family’s wishes and order surgery for a 2-year-old girl with brain cancer. With the girl’s condition worsening, neurosurgeons no longer recommend surgery because of the nature, location and size of the […]

Parents, prosecutors battle over brain surgery for Michigan toddler

AP, May 6, 2003 http://newsobserver.com/ By JAMES PRICHARD, ASSOCIATED PRESS GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Surgeons say 2-year-old Noshin Hoque will probably die within a year or two unless the tumor growing deep in her brain is removed. But the operation itself will probably kill her or leave her blind or paralyzed. Given those odds, […]

A look at the science behind meditation

The Boston Globe, Apr. 22, 2003 http://www.boston.com/ By Judy Foreman, Globe Staff, 4/22/2003 For decades, open-minded patients and doctors have been touting the medical benefits of meditation, an ancient practice that comes in hundreds, if not thousands, of different flavors, but consists basically of quieting the mind through contemplation, prayer, or focusing on something simple, […]

Homeopathy Same as Placebo for Kids with Asthma

Reuters, Apr. 2, 2003 http://asia.reuters.com/ NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Homeopathic remedies offer no additional benefit above and beyond the traditional inhalers and steroids given to children with asthma, according to researchers in the United Kingdom. About 15 percent of children in the UK use homeopathic remedies to help control asthma, the report indicates. Homeopathy […]

Cameroon bans urine ‘remedy’

BBC, Mar. 13, 2003 http://news.bbc.co.uk/ The Cameroon health minister has deemed it necessary to warn people that drinking urine may not be good for your health. Urbain Olanguena Awono has even warned that those who advocate drinking urine risk prosecution. He was moved to speak after a wave of interest in “urinotherapy”. Advocates are convinced […]

Even your clothing has a role in feng shui

AP, Jan. 22, 2003 http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ By Samantha Critchell Feng shui master Carole Swann Meltzer says most people think the ancient Chinese practice is limited to rules about sofa placement. True, furniture arranging is part of feng shui, the study of designing in accordance with nature’s forces to encourage balance. But, Meltzer says, there is a […]

Modern healers embracing ancient medicine

Seattle Times, Dec. 30, 2002 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ By Nick Perry Students have long studied for doctoral degrees in philosophy and medicine but never before for a doctorate in acupuncture. No recognized learning institution in the United States has ever offered such a course. But next year, Bastyr University in Kenmore plans to offer a DAOM […]

New clinic to offer alternative medicine

AP, Jan. 5, 2003 http://www.theolympian.com/ PORTLAND — A new clinic at Oregon Health & Science University will combine mainstream medicine with Chinese, chiropractic and naturopathic disciplines to help students learn more about these increasingly popular alternatives. The clinic will open Jan. 13. Dr. Anne Nedrow, the program’s medical director, said the clinic is the first […]
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