Exciting new stories are constantly being told about methods of healing that no one had thought of earlier. Even skeptics with a purportedly scientific bent of mind are often required to concede that there are in fact therapies that work; though their way of working is not fully understood.
Blinded by science?
Most of us are aware of the beneficial impact of having trees around us; however tree hugging could literally have healing impacts on a person, as per the experiences of London businessman Matthew Silverstone.Silverstone has written the book Blinded by Science, that chronicles his experiences with alternative methods of healing.
The 19 year old son of the successful entrepreneur was so afflicted by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that he could barely muster the energy to talk to others.
An alternative healer, who used the energy of trees to bring about cures, however changed all that.
When his son was cured of his affliction, Silverstone was moved to discover more about what he terms as “vibrational medicine” which, if properly harnessed would help redress all the ills of the world.
In his book, Silverstone speaks about how it may “be possible that plants, with no central nervous system can not only recognise emotions in a human but also alleviate illnesses such as attention deficit disorder.”
Ayurvedic medicine for rheumatoid arthritis
While this is the sort of thing that many choose to dismiss as unsubstantiated mumbo jumbo, recent studies in the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda has provided fresh hope for those who have rheumatoid arthritis. The fact that the study was published in the June edition of the medical Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, lends scientific weight to the findings of the study.
Entities as disparate as the Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (AVP), Coimbatore in Southern India, the National Institutes of Health in the U.S, the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of Los Angeles, California, came together to study the effects of Ayurvedic medicine on rheumatoid arthritis in a double blind, placebo controlled study.
The study which tried to measure the impact of conventional medicines such as Methotrexate; and how Ayurvedic medicines compared with them. The efficacy of the Ayurvedic treatments were found to be as effective as allopathic treatment over a 9 month period; and was seen to have the added advantage of having fewer side effects.
Though researchers have said that more study is required to confirm the findings of the study, however results are encouraging and the study has been hailed as a blueprint for research in Ayurveda by Dr. Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine.