Is medicine necessary Are there alternative treatments?

An overview of alternative therapies

Most alternative medicine treatment methods are based on the idea that a person is healthy if the following conditions are met:

  • an optimal water content in the organism,
  • a healthy oxygen balance,
  • a balanced diet,
  • sufficient exercise,
  • a balanced mineral balance,
  • good blood circulation,
  • a healthy mind / psyche
  • and an acid-base balance in balance.

So-called alternative medicine aims to restore a balance using different methods.

What alternative therapies are there?

The five groups of alternative medicine

  • Nutritional Based Therapies: Procedures that use natural products (e.g. plants, herbs, minerals), food supplements (e.g. vitamins, probiotics) and a certain diet (e.g. healing diets, fasting cures)
  • Mind-body based methods: You should use interactions between body and mind (relaxation methods such as autogenic training, progressive muscle relaxation, Qi Gong, Tai-Chi, yoga and meditation)
  • Body-based methods: Procedures that are used physically, i.e. through direct stimulation of muscles, tendons, nerves or the body fluids in the bloodstream and tissue with the help of manual pressure, heat, cold or using medicinal water, electricity or syringes (balneotherapy, chiropractic, cranio-sacral -Therapy, electrotherapy, autologous blood therapy, massage, neural therapy, osteopathy, heat and cold treatments)
  • Energy-based methods: Procedures based on the idea that energy flows through and surrounds people. Such methods work with the energetic processes in the body and the so-called "energy fields" surrounding it (acupuncture, bioresonance, non-invasive magnetic field therapy / magnetic therapy, kinesiology)
  • So-called Alternative medical systems (Anthroposophic medicine, Ayurveda, Bach flower therapy, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy)

The transitions between the individual groups are often fluid. In practice, therapy methods from different groups are often combined with one another.

Example: combination of healing methods

For example, a therapist can first use the kinesiological muscle test, in which light pressure is applied to a muscle to determine whether or not it gives in to a certain question about the state of health. The test is based on the assumption that blockages in the body can be felt in this way. To release the blockages, the therapist can then choose a technique from another area, such as osteopathy or homeopathy.