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Patients who turn to alternative medicine have another challenging dilemma of choosing among many self-healing therapies without a guiding methodology.

An informed choice. (Methodology)

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time, we fall."

Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher. By Simran Khurana (Updated March 18, 2017)

This article examines a suggested methodology for selecting the optimal treatment using the self-healing natural medicine method suitable to the patient's health requirements.

 

Choosing from various self-healing (alternative-functional) medicine therapies is a challenge in itself.

Link: List of forms of alternative medicine. (Wikipedia)

You can find a division of alternative medicine therapies into several subcategories, but without guidelines, you will not find uniformity.

  • In the absence of methodology, the choice of appropriate self-healing therapy is often based on the familiarity and recommendations of friends and family or the attending practitioner. Considerations of convenience and financial concerns, and not necessarily from a deep understanding of body and mind's needs.
  • I turned to a doctor I knew (licensed to practice medicine) who treats homeopathic methods. The doctor was very nice and friendly. Still, the treatment did not affect me; it did not suit my severe liver disease!
  • Next, I tried every possible treatment I could think of; needless to say, I spent large sums of money on dubious therapies that were of no use at all.

 

Three methods for choosing natural therapies, using the tools of self-healing functional medicine.

Orderly methodology of decision-making on how to choose the most suitable self-healing therapy. (Rather than trial and error) The more acute the patient's condition, the more complex and challenging treatments one should be prepared to perform, but trial and error usually occur.

These two first options are widespread and based mainly on trial and error. 

  1. Referral from the attending physician, availability of treatment, and recommendations from friends, acquaintances, or family are usually based on an impression and a positive result in treatment. This is the most common method, but it is not necessarily suitable for patients' health conditions.
  2. This method is based on the relative ease of treatment. (Mainly in terms of pain, side effects, duration of treatment, and difficulties in its application) This method does not present the economic considerations of the cost of treatment, although, in reality, it is a factor.
  3. A flow chart that attempts to match the nature of the disease and the type of treatment advised. 

As a severe chronic liver patient with many complications, I have undergone endless treatments over 15 years and experienced a vast range of most categories of self-healing treatments. In Israel, the United States, and especially in China, I have added several recommendations from my experience.

 

1 Recommendation from the attending practitioner, friends, acquaintances, or family.

  • Recommendations from acquaintances, friends, and family about a successful therapist are an excellent method. Still, it is usually limited to certain situations only, which do not necessarily match the patient's needs!
  • Surprisingly, recommendations from the attending practitioner (not very common) are not significantly more reliable! The reason is simple - The absence of directive philosophy. 

 

2 The method is based on the relative ease of treatment. (Mainly in terms of pain, side effects, duration of treatment, and difficulties in its application)

  • In reality, people generally tend to start with easy-to-implement painless treatments. Significant changes in lifestyle and nutrition usually come after failure and other alternative therapy types and conventional medicine's failure.
  • For illustration purposes, I divided a few types of treatments into three categories according to the difficulty of implementation: Easy effort 1- Moderate effort 2- Hard effort 3.

Categories of self-healing-functional medicine techniques are sorted by the degree of difficulty in the application.

Easy effort

Moderate effort

Hard effort

1

2

3

The placebo effect -

Strong belief.

Herbal medicine & food supplements.

Synchronized movement of the body.

Energy therapies

Mind & spiritual enhancement.

Lifestyle & dietary changes.

Homeopathy.

 

All Massage therapies,

Acupuncture

Hypnosis

Healthy lifestyle without smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, more sleep, and relaxation.

Herbal medicine, including Chinese traditional medicine.

All food supplements.

Aromatherapy.

Tai Chi

Meditation.

Pranic Healing.

Detoxification

Liver & Gallbladder Flush.

Coffee enemas.

Fresh juicing.

 Bach flower remedies. 

Reiki.

Yoga.

Unprocessed food & Beverages.

 

Shiatsu.

Guided Imagery.

 

 

Reflexology.

Meditation

Intermittent fasting.

3 A flow chart that attempts to match the nature of the disease and the treatment/s most suitable.

 

A methodological (Not necessarily typical) decision-making flowchart in the appropriate choice of self-healing functional therapy.

A methodological (Not necessarily typical) decision-making flowchart in the appropriate choice of self-healing functional therapy.

 

Flowchart of decision-making in the choice of alternative-functional therapy explained.

  • This diagram illustrates the complexity of choosing the appropriate alternative treatment. Reality is even more complicated than what is shown in the diagram.
  • The reason for the complexity of choosing the appropriate alternative treatment is twofold:
    • Most patients first turn to conventional medicine, and only after they are disappointed do they look for alternative solutions.

 

My experience & recommendations for beneficial self-healing functional therapies. 

Due to my extreme physical condition, I tried almost every available treatment; it took me many years to understand how the body & mind are connected.

General & Recommendations:

  1. Most people try alternative medicine after receiving proper treatment in conventional medicine does not adequately address their symptoms.
  2. Unlike conventional medicine, alternative therapies often involve a continuous relationship. The chemistry and sense of comfort with the therapist are especially essential for the success of the treatment.
  3. The path to alternative medicine through conventional medicine's failure is not desirable but rather a common condition that stems mainly from the absence of medical science philosophy and the lack of definition of the types & methods included in alternative medicine.
  4. The body works in several cycles with feedback simultaneously, so the possibility of being cured of complex conditions through a single type of treatment is not likely to happen.
  5. It is worth noting that there is no substitute for a lifestyle and a healthy diet; no herbal treatment remedy or mental concentration can repair damage to an unhealthy lifestyle.
  6. Because people generally have difficulty making far-reaching changes in their lifestyle and diet, it is recommended to make such changes for patients with chronic diseases. Or when there is a danger of deterioration of an existing acute condition.
  7. The more complex the patient is, the more likely they are to need additional treatments.
  8. Learn to conserve energy and not overburden yourself.

 

Acupuncture Changsha, China, 2015. 

Acupuncture Changsha, China, 2015. 

Non-beneficial treatments I went through. | Link: non-beneficial treatments I went through.

  • Many treatments (such as homeopathy) have no explanation or scientific rationale. I think these treatments are based on the placebo effect.
  • The placebo effect is a "real" effect based on the body's energetic properties. Its main drawback is that it is ineffective without faith (firm).
  • The placebo effect is similar to meditation, prayer, and powerful love. Deep positive emotions can charge the life-force energy.

 

Alternative-functional treatments I have experienced personally, with results as expected.

The entire explanations can be found in each article in the Natural Therapies chapter. Recommended Link: NATURAL THERAPIES

1 Detoxification. 

Liver Detoxification:

  • Fresh Juicing.
  • Coffee enemas.
  • Liver Flushes.
  • Natural antioxidants.

Kidneys Detoxification

  • Parsley tea. 
  • Steam sauna & Jacuzzi.
  • Lemon juice with lukewarm water. (No added sugar)

2 Energetic treatments.

  • Sun – Bathing. (Controlled sun exposure.)
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure.
  • Energy flushes. (Not available worldwide.)
  • Hypnosis is the closest therapy I can recommend instead of energy flushes. 
  • Frequency music. 

3 Relaxation of the mind & spirit.

  • Yoga.
  • Taichi
  • Guided Imagery.

4  Synchronized movement of the body.

  • All Massage therapies.
    • Aromatherapy.
    • Reflexology.
    • Hydrotherapy. 

5 The balanced diet.

Recommended Link: "The balanced, varied diet" is the most suitable anti-inflammatory diet.

  • Much unprocessed natural food (preferably organic and not genetically modified) with all macronutrients and ingredients. Reduced quantities of animal protein, preferably grass-fed or organic range-free products. Much dietary fiber is mixed with natural oils & fats that enable an effective emulsification process. Fermented products with natural live bacteria are essential for good health.

6. Food supplements & Herbal medicine. 

Recommended Link: Supplements I used in the past regularly and occasionally.

  • Use must be customized.

 

Choosing the most suitable type of treatment in self-healing medicine can save pain, money, and precious time loss.

Frequently asked questions and answers:
Why is it desirable to have a methodology for choosing an alternative treatment for self-healing?
The multitude of diagnosis and treatment methods leaves the patient with various choices without necessarily being able to choose an informed choice suitable for their medical problem.
How did I decide about all the various treatments I performed?
I came to all alternative treatments, mainly in Israel, by trial and error. The decisions are more straightforward in China because all traditional Chinese medicine is concentrated in dedicated hospitals.
Of all the treatments for self-healing, which left the most significant impression on me?
Although I broke (probably) all the world records for the number of fresh juices, coffee enemas, and liver and gallbladder flushes I performed, acupuncture profoundly affected me. Acupuncture made me realize the enormous importance of understanding the energetic properties of the human body.
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