Last year, a publication just like this one, (well The Scotsman actually) carried an article stating that Gwyneth Paltrow favours cupping, Sharon Stone swears by crystal healing and Prince Charles defends the use of coffee enemas.
The article highlighted how alternative therapies are increasingly being used by celebrities to help them with specific ailments, and also as a means of getting them through the stresses and strains of being a celebrity. Acupuncture, homeopathy and osteopathy are now almost mainstream and increasingly celebrities and others are turning to these and more obscure therapies to find an answer to their ailments. And a survey last year revealed that 68 per cent of people believe that alternative therapies, which focus on treating the whole person (lifestyle, emotional and spiritual well-being) are as valid as conventional treatments.
With the rapid increase in the number of Chinese herbalists in the high street and shopping malls, many of us have now heard of acupuncture, reflexology, reiki and herbalism - but what about ear candles, bee venom and quantum touch therapy? The National Health Service will endorse complementary medicine as part of a person's care package, but some people are still sceptical about less orthodox treatments. However, they needn't be, as many complementary therapies really do work, providing relief to many sufferers.
I am a complementary therapist and work from my home in Pitreavie, where I provide Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Hopi Ear Candle therapies to men, women and children in Dunfermline and West Fife.
Reflexology is one of the more common therapies. Most people have heard of it and many have tried it. Reflexology stimulates reflex points on the feet, and sometimes the hands, in order to encourage a beneficial effect on the various organs of the body, to help improve general health and wellbeing and bring the body back into balance.
Indian Head massage is an ancient therapy originating from India. Despite its name it involves massage of the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. It is great for relaxing the muscles, stimulating hair growth and alleviates headaches and eye strain.
Ear Candles were used by Native American Indians for many years. The therapy involves burning the candle to four inches from the ear and helps in the treatment of earache, migraines, ménière's disease and tinnitus.
Given the success of some of these therapies with celebrities, you might also be interested to know that Kylie Minogue turned to colour therapy to help her beat breast cancer by asking for her hospital room to be painted pink and Madonna has reportedly used Indian fertility remedies to help her conceive at the age of 46!
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