- Biofield therapies, the bodies own “energy fields”.
Manipulation of the bodies “energy fields”. You be the judge on this one.
- Bioelectromagnetic-based therapies, uses actual magnetic fields.
I don’t think anyone has shown a therapeutic effect on the body such as lowering blood pressure naturally by magnetic fields. Diagnostic effect, yes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) comes to mind.
Definitions of Complementary and Alternative Medicine systems (CAM):
Acupuncture ( AK-yoo-pungk-cher ) is a method of healing developed in China at least 2,000 years ago. Today, acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Effective in lowering blood pressure naturally but so does the SHAM procedure used as a control.
Aromatherapy ( ah-roam-uh-THER-ah-py ) involves the use of essential oils (extracts or essences) from flowers, herbs, and trees to promote health and well-being.
Ayurveda ( ah-yur-VAY-dah ) is a CAM whole medical system that has been practiced primarily in the Indian subcontinent for 5,000 years. Ayurveda includes diet and herbal remedies and emphasizes the use of body, mind, and spirit in disease prevention and treatment.
Chiropractic ( kie-roh-PRAC-tic ) is a CAM whole medical system. It focuses on the relationship between bodily structure (primarily that of the spine) and function, and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Chiropractors use manipulative therapy as an integral treatment tool.
Dietary supplements. Congress defined the term dietary supplement in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. A dietary supplement is a product (other than tobacco) taken by mouth that contains a dietary ingredient intended to supplement the diet. Dietary ingredients may include vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, and metabolites. Dietary supplements come in many forms, including extracts, concentrates, tablets, capsules, gel caps, liquids, and powders. They have special requirements for labeling. Under DSHEA, dietary supplements are considered foods, not drugs.
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs, also called electric and magnetic fields) are invisible lines of force that surround all electrical devices. The Earth also produces EMFs; electric fields are produced when there is thunderstorm activity, and magnetic fields are believed to be produced by electric currents flowing at the Earth's core. Lowering blood pressure naturally is a real stretch.
Homeopathic ( home-ee-oh-PATH-ic ) medicine is a CAM whole medical system. In homeopathic medicine, there is a belief that like cures like, meaning that small, highly diluted quantities of medicinal substances are given to cure symptoms, when the same substances given at higher or more concentrated doses would actually cause those symptoms. A real blood pressure effect is doubtful.
Massage ( muh-SAHJ ) therapists manipulate muscle and connective tissue to enhance function of those tissues and promote relaxation and well-being.
Naturopathic ( nay-chur-o-PATH-ic ) medicine, or naturopathy, is a CAM whole medical system. Naturopathic medicine proposes that there is a healing power in the body that establishes, maintains, and restores health. Practitioners work with the patient with a goal of supporting this power, through treatments such as nutrition and lifestyle counseling, dietary supplements, medicinal plants, exercise, homeopathy, and treatments from traditional Chinese medicine. Ask for real proof of lowering blood pressure naturally and require it.
Osteopathic ( ahs-tee-oh-PATH-ic ) medicine is a form of conventional medicine that, in part, emphasizes diseases arising in the musculoskeletal system. There is an underlying belief that all of the body's systems work together, and disturbances in one system may affect function elsewhere in the body. Some osteopathic physicians practice osteopathic manipulation, a full-body system of hands-on techniques to alleviate pain, restore function, and promote health and well-being.
Qi gong ( chee-GUNG ) is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that combines movement, meditation, and regulation of breathing to enhance the flow of qi (an ancient term given to what is believed to be vital energy) in the body, improve blood circulation, and enhance immune function.
Reiki ( RAY-kee ) is a Japanese word representing Universal Life Energy. Reiki is based on the belief that when spiritual energy is channeled through a Reiki practitioner, the patient's spirit is healed, which in turn heals the physical body.
Therapeutic Touch is derived from an ancient technique called laying-on of hands. It is based on the premise that it is the healing force of the therapist that affects the patient's recovery; healing is promoted when the body's energies are in balance; and, by passing their hands over the patient, healers can identify energy imbalances.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the current name for an ancient system of health care from China. TCM is based on a concept of balanced qi (pronounced chee ), or vital energy, that is believed to flow throughout the body. Qi is proposed to regulate a person's spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). Disease is proposed to result from the flow of qi being disrupted and yin and yang becoming imbalanced. Among the components of TCM are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture, and remedial massage.
Doctor’s Practical Guide:
Almost any ritual-like activity can have a good effect when a person believes in it and lowering blood pressure naturally is one of those good effects. I have personally seen a patient writhing in pain have their pain relieved and be put to sleep by a shot of sterile water. Witness what people tolerate under hypnosis. You can read accounts of people being operated on under acupuncture. The human mind can do great things but, alas, it is not easy to harness.
Read my page on Acupuncture For High Blood Pressure for a good example of this. You will see how lowering blood pressure naturally occurred even with the sham procedure used for control.
So that you can monitor the effect that any therapy has on lowering blood pressure naturally you must have numerous readings. The only way to obtain these is to take it yourself. See How and especially Why at How To Take Blood Pressure
Also I have written a detailed instruction booklet on how to take your own blood pressure, see this link: How To Take Blood Pressure Booklet It is easy and even fun.
Before embracing any system of natural healing investigate it first, particularly if it costs significant money. Remember that the highest cost of a failed treatment is progression of disease in the meantime.
If there is a serious disorder present make sure you explore Western scientific medicine first and then, if you want, complement that with alternative medicine of your choice. Always make sure you discuss it with your doctor.
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