Alternative therapies can be used alongside traditional medicine to elicit positive physical and mental changes. Here are five that can help promote wellbeing;
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1.  Acupuncture
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Acupuncture originated in China 3000 years ago.  The treatment involves the insertion of needles placed through the skin at specific points.  Acupoints are on pathways where Qi energy runs, acupuncture brings the flow of energy back into harmony and triggers the body’s healing response.
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Is it painful?  You may experience a dull ache or a slight tingling
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Good for:  Depression, aches & pains, insomnia, PMS
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2. Reiki
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Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation which also promotes healing.  Reiki treats the whole person: the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.  The treatment is administered by ‘laying on hands’ which brings feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing.
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Is it painful? Not at all, expect a calming sensation
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Good for: Has been known to help with almost all ailments
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3. Reflexology
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Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different parts of the body.  Reflexology can be received by anyone at any age, even newborn babies.
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Is it painful?  No, it feels like a foot massage
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Good for: There’s not enough evidence to make clinical claims, but many people feel it works for them for a variety of ailments.
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4. Kinetic Chain Release
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Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) is a simple yet effective system of medically recognised gentle joint mobilisations and stretches which brings the physical body back into balance quickly and easily.
Is it painful? No
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Good for: Relief from pain and discomfort from back pain, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome
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5. Hypnotherapy
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Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy that uses hypnosis; an altered state of consciousness.  It can be used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new response.
Is it painful? No
Good for:  Dealing with phobias, past traumas, and habits such as smoking and excessive eating.
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