How to choose the most suitable therapy available in Self-healing (Alternative-Functional) medicine?

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Patients who turn to alternative medicine (the self-healing method) have often been disappointed with conventional medicine. But it presents them with another challenge of choosing!

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"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)

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

  • 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 the needs of body and mind.
  • 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 treatments that were of no use at all.


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

Apparently, the more acute the patient's condition, the more difficult and challenging treatments one should be prepared to perform, but there is usually a process of trial and error.

  1. Referral from the attending physician, availability of treatment, recommendations from friends, acquaintances, or family is usually based on an impression and a positive result in treatment. This is the most common method, but it is not necessarily the most suitable for the patient's health condition.
  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. (Not very accurate, but tries to produce a more orderly methodology of decision-making.)

As a severe chronic liver patient with many complications, I have undergone endless treatments over 14 years, experienced in 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, of course, 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, of course, 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 sorted by the degree of difficulty in the application.

Easy effort

Moderate effort

Hard effort




The placebo effect -

Strong belief.

Herbal medicine & food supplements.

Synchronized movement of the body.

Energy therapies

Mind & spiritual enhancement.

Lifestyle & dietary changes.



All Massage therapies,



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

Herbal medicine, including Chinese traditional medicine.

All food supplements.


Tai Chi


Pranic Healing.


Liver & Gallbladder Flush.

Coffee enemas.

Fresh juicing.

 Bach flower remedies. 



Unprocessed food & Beverages.



Guided Imagery.





Intermittent fasting.


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

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


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

  • This diagram is designed to illustrate the complexity of the decision to choose 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 go looking 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 do 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 circuits simultaneously, and therefore, 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; there is no herbal treatment remedy or mental concentration that 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 to 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 it is to need additional treatments.
  8. Learn to conserve energy and not overburden yourself.

Acupuncture Changsha, China, 2015. 

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

  • A large group of treatments (such as homeopathy) has 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 without faith (very strong), it is not effective.
  • The placebo effect is very 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 full explanations can be found in each article in the Treatments & Auxiliaries chapter.


1 Detoxification. 

Liver Detoxification:

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

Kidneys Detoxification

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

2 Energetic treatments.

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

3 Relaxation of the mind & spirit.

  • Yoga.
  • Taichi
  • Guided Imagery.

4  Synchronized movement of the body.

  • All Massage therapies.
    • Aromatherapy.
    • Reflexology.

5 The balanced diet.

Recommended link: The balanced, varied 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. Lots of 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: Food supplements, antioxidants & probiotics.

  • Use must be customized.


The demand for self-healing- functional therapies is on the rise, especially in the face of disappointment at the lack of adequate conventional medicine solutions for chronic diseases patients.

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