Monday, 11 September 2017

Alternative Therapies? 5 Alternative Therapies You Should Try Today

Today's post is actually a guest post! I am very interested in complimentary therapies alongside my medication and when the lovely team at bioflow got in touch to ask if I would like to try their magnetic therapy I thought it would be a great idea. I am also looking into hypnosis and acupuncture.

When you start talking about alternative therapies, people might think you’re getting a bit ‘hippy’ and dismiss you from the get go. But many people are advocates for trying more holistic and natural remedies and with the alternative and complementary therapy industry worth £151 billion, it’s clear that it’s growing in popularity.

A quick Google search confirms this, there are dozens of methods to try and so many businesses out there ready to help you improve your health and well being without the need for conventional medicine. Here are a few of those, to get you started: 

Sound therapy    

Some people claim certain sound and frequencies can help with things like anxiety, stress and tinnitus (ringing in the ear). Here’s the idea behind it: vibrating equipment at certain frequencies is meant to balance the brainwaves to settle to an alpha state. Apparently it’s meant to be very relaxing, and I can understand why. If you think about it some sounds can stress anyone out (fingers on a blackboard!) while others can help calm people down.


Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine and is very popular among those with with muscular issues. The therapist will use fine needles to stimulate sensory nerves and promote self healing. A word of warning though - if you consider yourself to be squeamish then this may not be the one for you!

Cupping therapy   

You may have heard this one associated with athletes, like the US swimming Olympian Michael Phelps, but it is also popular with some celebs like Jennifer Anniston. If you Google it the images don’t exactly make you want to get out there and try it, but it’s meant to work wonders for muscular and joint problems, with some even using it for specific cancer treatment. It works by placing special cups on the skin to create a sort of ‘vacuum effect’ and mobilises blood and energy around the body.

Ear candling   

There’s always such conflicting advice about whether you should or shouldn’t clean your ears with ear buds, but how about sticking a candle in there to get rid of a buildup of wax? Hopi Ear Candles are commonplace in well being clinics up and down the country, with an appointment lasting for around 30-45 minutes. The candles themselves are generally made from pieces of unbleached cotton or linen, which are then soaked in wax and shaped into a hollow cone or cylinder. Many are also scented to add to the experience. If you’re considering this method then it’s definitely worth further research as there are some medical professionals and hearing charities who caution against ear candles (mainly because incorrect use can lead to injury).

Magnetic therapy

Magnetic therapy involves wearing a bracelet or wristband with magnets inside; these work to agitate the blood as it passes and is believed to have a positive effect on conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and even depression. This type of therapy can also be used as a natural pain relief for animals, with a number of products out there from dog and cat collars to horse boots and horse rugs.

Disclaimer: this guest post has been provided by Andrea Sleep, ecommerce and marketing manager at Bioflow.

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