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Homeopathic remedies are produced from natural plant, animal or mineral substances. This method of healing is often used to treat severe and chronic health problems, but is also used for disease prevention and the advancement of good health. Homeopathy literally means "treatment by the same" and is based on the key principle that a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes in large amounts. Homeopathy therefore involves the use of highly diluted substances. A homeopathic consultation involves an in depth analysis of the mental, emotional and physical state of the patient and not merely the treatment of physical symptoms.

Many different types of alternative healers use herbs as part of their philosophy. Modern Herbalists often use plants from various different regions around the world, and they do not restrict their practice only to those plants classified as a herb (plant with soft stem which dies down after flowering) they also make use of a plant's roots, pieces of tree bark, mushrooms or anything else which grows naturally and can be categorised as part of the plant kingdom. Herbs can be used to strengthen the natural operations of the body and to achieve balance in the body during times of illness. Modern Herbalists tend to combine different types of herbs to increase their beneficial effects.

Massage Therapists:
Massage is probably the oldest therapy form used by man. Massage therapists use oils and talc (to assist them). The intent is to soothe and relax the musculo-tendinous structures of the body, especially those affected by work strain or athletic performance. Many massage therapists incorporate techniques such as accupressure, rolfing and shiatsu.

Aromatherapy is the inhalation and bodily application of essential oils from aromatic plants to relax, balance, rejuvenate, restore or enhance body, mind and spirit. Essential oils are extracted from many parts of a plant including the flower, leaf, resin, bark and root. Aromatherapy can be used to aid self-healing processes by indirectly stimulating the immune system. Essential oils are used in many different ways, ranging from deep and penetrating therapeutic massages to the subtle emotions that can be aroused by the smell of a unique fragrance. Aromatherapists have knowledge of an oil's components, and can artfully blend essential oils to produce new aromas, for the specific needs of the individual.






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If you would like to purchase any of these books, please click on the title of the book.
Natural Healing For Women: Caring For Yourself With Herbs, Homeopathy And Essential Oils
Author(s): Susan Curtis, Romy Fraser
Stress And Natural Healing: Herbal Medicine And Natural Therapies
Author(s): Christopher Hobbs

The Treatment Of Illness
Author(s): Jill Rosemary Davies

Complete Family Guide To Alternative Medicine: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Element Books Inc
Natural Healing: Alternative/Complimentary Resources For Total Health
Author(s): S. Jeanne Gunn

The Complete Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing
Author(s): Gary Null

Shiatsu Handbook: A Practical Guide To Natural Healing
Author(s): Shizuko Yamamoto
New Choices In Natural Healing:Drug Free Remedies From The World Of Alternative Medicine
Author(s): Fugh-Berma
Healing With Homeopathy
Author(s): Peter Chappell, David Andrews
Homeopathy: Simple Remedies For Natural Health
Author(s): Robin Hadfield
Hay House Lifestyles: Homeopathy A-Z
Author(s): Dana Ullman
Complete Book Of Homeopathy: A Comprehensive Manual Of Natural Healing
Author(s): Michael Weiner
The Handbook Of Homeopathy: Its Principles And Practice
Author(s): Gerhard Kohler, Gerhard Koehler

The Family Health Guide To Homeopathy
Author(s): Barry Rose

Healthful Alternatives: Homeopathy: Self Healing Handbook
Author(s): Walther Hohenester, Michael Helfferich, Walter Hohenester



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