7 Undeniable Truths About Alternative Beliefs

7 Undeniable Truths About Alternative Beliefs
When it comes to alternative beliefs and therapies, there are some undeniable truths. We have made great strides when it comes to alternative beliefs, even to the point that many doctors and physicians are now interested in learning more about complementary methods and referring their patients more often than not.

Let's look at some of these beliefs now.

Truth #1: Laughter may actually be one of the best medicines. 


 Although laughter therapy may not be the first thing you think about when it comes to alternative beliefs, the truth of the matter is laughter has many benefits, one of which is its ability to release your body's most powerful healing chemical, otherwise known as endorphins.

According to researchers at the Loma Linda School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, laughter can actually sharpen your immune system and activate your body's killer cells, known as T lymphocytes, which can help your body destroy various microorganisms.

Laughter can also increase the production of the immune-boosting gamma interferon, and it even speeds up the production of new immune cells, which is very similar to what many medications and treatments are meant to do. The mind and body are inextricably linked in more ways than one.

The main theory behind alternative beliefs and complementary medicine is that your thoughts become things and your thoughts can either heal you or hurt you. The fact of the matter is that if your thoughts are continually focused on stress and tension, then that is what you create in your life because your energy becomes stressed and unfocused.

Mind-body healing also tells us that the same thing that makes us ill can also make us well. Your thoughts, emotions and inner conflicts can be seen and experienced as stressful, or they can be used in a more positive manner to create healing in the body.

There are so many benefits to positive thinking that one could fill up an entire book just boasting about it! Many illnesses have an emotional component, and laughter with its powerful endorphin-releasing qualities could be a huge help to someone who may be ill.

Truth #2: Stress can cause illness - and alternative therapies can help you combat stress. 


Stress is an important factor when it comes to good health. When you experience stress, your body passes on the stimulus to the brain, activating your fight or flight response. The brain's chemicals brought on by the fight or flight response can cause a myriad of problems, including acceleration of the heart rate, increase in anxiety, dilation of the coronary arteries, increase in the rate of metabolism and even the dilation of bronchial tubes, just to name a few.

Physical problems related to chronic stress can include things like increased blood pressure, muscle tension, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, spastic colon and even irritable bowel syndrome. Stress can cause you to have high blood pressure, asthma, headaches, migraines and even heart disease.

Many alternative therapies are designed to help you better cope with stress, so there is a lot to be said for taking the time out to ease the pressures of daily life.

Truth #3: Hypnosis can help you heal quicker. 


Believe it or not, therapies like hypnotherapy can help your body heal that much quicker from surgeries or illness. Listening to hypnotic sessions can help lessen pain and anxiety and even help you decrease inflammation, diminish scar tissue and accelerate wound healing.

Although further research is needed, there is already significant evidence that hypnosis can help accelerate the healing process.

Truth #4: Medicinal herbs and foods have healing properties that strengthen the body. 


Healing modalities, such as naturopathy and ayurveda, amongst many others, use herbs and roots and natural products to help your body heal. In many ways, you are what you eat, and many herbs and natural foods have incredible healing and restorative properties. 

Almonds and almond oil have anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and anti-hepatotoxity effects. Some research studies have even shown that oils, such as almond oil, can actually reduce the incidence of colonic cancer.

Almonds and almond oil have been shown to have a positive effect with immunity and liver toxicity, as well as a positive relationship with the reduction of symptoms of IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. 

Truth #5: Complementary and alternative medicine is backed by research! 


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently invests about $40 million per year in complementary and alternative medicine research, and that's a lot of dough.

The myth that alternative therapies are not backed by research is simply not true.

Truth #6: 69 percent of Americans use at least one type of complementary and alternative therapy.


The facts are in: complementary and alternative medicine has come out of the shadows with more Americans looking for and using alternative methods than ever before.

People are simply getting fed up with the current system and are looking more at these ancient methods to help elicit healing.

Truth #7: 57 percent of physicians have referred patients to complementary and alternative medicine professionals. 


The truth is that more than 70 percent of physicians now consider complementary and alternative therapies, such as diet and exercise, behavioral medicine, counselling and psychotherapy and even hypnotherapy, to be legitimate medical practices.

We have certainly come a long way on this journey, even to the point that doctors are referring their patients and suggesting complementary and alternative methods. This certainly says a lot about the validity of complementary methods and the associated alternative beliefs.

Places like the Cancer Treatment Centers of America even use laughter therapy as part of their treatment program because they know how healing and restorative humor can be.

 Approximately 80 percent of medical students and 70 percent of family physicians are interested in receiving training in multiple areas of complementary and alternative methods, which is very promising.

A growing body of research supports many alternative and complementary methods, with more coming out each day. Alternative methods have been around for centuries, so in many ways, we are getting back to our roots.

Alternative therapies are here to stay, and they have finally come out of the darkness.

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