Can the Body Heal Itself? 9 Ways You Can Help

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Did you know that 55% of Americans report using at least one form of alternative medicine or natural remedy to treat a health problem? And 72% avoid conventional medication when possible.

This is because human beings instinctively know that there are many natural and non-invasive ways to heal ailments and diseases. It is something generations of humans have been doing since the time we lived in caves to now when we live in concrete jungles. 

If you are wondering, “Can the body heal itself?” then keep reading on for some ways naturopathic medicine and other alternative forms of holistic medicine can help you heal yourself. 

1. Can the Body Heal itself with Herbal Medicine?

A majority of Americans have probably healthfully used herbal medicine, for example, when they drink a cup of chamomile tea with honey to fall asleep faster. Or when they mix ginger with lemon and honey to soothe a sore throat.

There are dozens of spices and herbs out there that can be used to heal, recuperate and fortify the human body. In this way, you can use the healing power of nature for your benefit.

When you consult with a herbal specialist, they will take your detailed history and treat you therapeutically. They can prescribe herbs that work specifically for your set of ailments, and that customized solution can help you heal even faster.

2. Sleep Healing

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Even though scientists aren’t still sure of all the reasons why human beings need to sleep every night, they are sure that sleep has myriad benefits not only for boosting our immune system but to perform hundreds of healing tasks every night.

The great thing about sleep is that there are no side effects! You don’t even need to do anything while you sleep – your body does it all for you in the manner that’s perfect for you and your particular ailments. 

Stroke patients are told to sleep a lot to help build neuroplasticity and recover faster. If that’s the case for stroke patients, you can imagine how much more powerful sleep is for people who are suffering from less dire ailments.

3. Detox Therapy

Too many Americans are living fast-paced, harried, and stressed out lives where toxins abound in their bodies and bloodstream. The main priority a lot of us should have is detoxing ourselves regularly of these toxins. 

That’s where detox therapies come into play.

They act as a sort of reset, where your body can release a huge load of toxins in a matter of days through many specific therapies. You can use green juice fasts, herbs, and nutritional supplements or you can use certain herbal medication to clean up your system. Make sure to speak to a professional or a physician before you undertake such a cleanse.

4. Far Infrared Sauna Therapy

Saunas have long been used by humans to boost longevity, health, and fitness. Far Infrared Sauna Therapy is powerful because it uses the light in the far-infrared range that heats the body directly rather than heating the air around you which in turn heats you.

This means you can use a lower, more tolerable heat, and stay in the sauna longer so you can rid your body of toxins more effectively and efficiently. Doing this a few times a week can have superb effects on your overall health.

Mix this heat therapy with cold plunge pools or cold showers and notice the benefits multiply greatly.

5. Nutritional Supplementation

As food becomes less nutritious due to the lack of nutrients in the soil and the increase in pollutants, it seems that nutritional supplements are becoming a necessary part of every American’s diet. This is especially true since too many of us munch down on unhealthy fast food meals in the car rushing from one meeting to another.

A health professional like Dr. Karen Threlkel can figure out what supplements would work best for you through a consultation session. 

6. Food as Medicine

Hippocrates said a long time ago, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” And this adage is still true in this day and age. You are missing out on a big piece of the health puzzle if you ignore food’s role as medicine in the human body.

Start looking at food as medicine and realize that everything that goes into your body can either help your health or hinder it.

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7. Acupuncture

This Chinese medicine has been used for more than 2,000 years and is gaining in favor in modern times because it helps with a wide variety of health problems, such as hormonal imbalance, pain, stress, fatigue, and injured muscles. It might not seem like putting needles into the body could do very much, but many people swear by their weekly Acupuncture treatments.

8. Psychotherapy

There are various kinds of psychotherapies available nowadays that can help you heal. Some of the common kinds are:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis Therapy (also known as talk therapy)
  • Integrative or Holistic Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • And many more

If you wish to use psychotherapy in your healing journey, the first step is finding a therapist you trust and feel comfortable with.

9. Down Under Yoga

This 5000-year-old Indian system of movements, breathwork, and nutrition is gaining popularity through America at a rapid rate because it has the potential to completely transform your body, mind, and soul. There are many kinds of yoga therapies out there, like yin yoga, yoga Nidra, hatha yoga, and hot yoga.

Try out these various kinds of yoga to see which fits your temperament and needs.

Can the Body Heal Itself? Yes, It Can

Is it possible? Can the body heal itself? Absolutely!

But it does need some additional help from the outside in the form of herbs, energy work, or therapy to get the job done.

If you feel alone in this quest for health, and would like some support, contact Dr. Karen R. Threlkel today to discuss how she can help you optimize your health and wellness. 

About The Author:

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Dr. Karen Threlkel, Naturopathic Physician, Washington DC

Dr. Threlkel received her degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from The National College for Naturopathic Medicine (now called The National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from The University of Maryland. She is licensed in Naturopathic Medicine by the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health. Dr. Threlkel is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, past president & current member of the Washington DC Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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