Herbalism and Naturopathy Explained

A Naturopath is someone who uses a selection of natural complementary therapies, and usually includes herbal medicine as well as one or more of the other therapies such as aromatherapy, even acupunture and Reiki. As people turn to complementary health in order to avoid the doctor’s waiting lists, and also …

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Ayurveda: What it is and Whether it Works

Ayurveda is less of a therapy and more a belief system. The word ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit for ‘science of life’ and ayurveda is a traditional Hindu medical system which originated in the Indian subcontinent over 4000 years ago. It’s based around the belief that our health and wellbeing …

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Reflexology and Reflexogy Charts Explained

Reflexology is a holistic therapy which uses specific points on the feet to diagnose and treat illnesses. Reflexologists believe that our feet are a mirror of our health – and that every part of the body has a corresponding point on the foot. By stimulating these points, blockages in energy …

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Reiki: What it is and Whether it Works

Reiki is an energy-based healing system originally intended for self development and awareness, although it’s now more widely used as a complementary therapy. Reiki has been taught in the West since the 1970s. To put it simply, Reiki is just a form of energy, and a practitioner will have been …

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Do Homeopathy and Homeopathic Treatments Work?

The main principle of homeopathy is that ‘like cures like’ and that by using minute amounts of a substance that would recreate the symptoms of an ailment someone is suffering from, it can actually be relieved or even cured. Some homeopathic remedy ingredients are actually poisonous in large amounts, so …

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Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Acupuncture is another strand of ancient Chinese medicine, which has been practiced for well over 4000 years. It’s carried out by a practitioner who inserts fine needles into designated acupuncture points on your body, to clear any blockages in your ‘Qi’ – the vital energy that practitioners believe flows through …

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Do Osteopathy and Chiropractics Work?

Osteopathy and chiropractic are the better known of the manipulative therapies, often recommended for people with back pain or joint problems. How Does it Work? Chiropractors and osteopaths both work on the musculoskeletal system – which comprises the bones, muscles, tendons and other and connective tissue, and they use their …

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Do Massage Therapies and Aromatherapy Work?

Having a relaxing massage is one of the most popular reasons for visiting a spa, and most massages now use some form of aromatherapy oil to make the experience even more relaxing. But what can you expect from an aromatherapy massage, and do they actually have the desired effect? The …

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What to do if You are Injured at a Spa or Beauty Salon?

It’s thankfully rare that anyone suffers any serious injury in a spa or a salon. The most that will usually happen is an adverse reaction to a beauty product, but if something does go seriously wrong, don’t suffer in silence. Keeping Records of Accidents All premises are legally required to …

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What if the Spa Cancels Your Appointment?

Spas are supposed to be a haven of relaxation, but things can and do go wrong. Here’s what to do if you feel let down by your spa experience. They Cancelled! If the spa calls to cancel your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances, there’s probably not much you can do …

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