Asia has been home to a variety of natural healing practices that are being used for generations. And even until now, a lot of people believe in the power of these age-old practices. A lot of travelers visiting Asia often come here to try if some of these practices will work for them.
Here’s a list of seven healing practices in Asia that I have seen being offered in the places that I’ve been to:
Reiki: Reiki is a spiritual practice that originated from Japan. It is said that it has been developed by a Buddhist practitioner who believes that transference of energy from one person to another through the palm can help boost the body’s ability to heal itself. This practice also believes to restore our state of equilibrium or balance which helps improve one’s health.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is considered as one of the oldest healing techniques that are still being practice today. A lot of people from various countries from the East and the West believe in the healing power of acupuncture. Acupuncture is also being taught in some schools in various countries making this healing art accessible to a lot of young people. This practice is basically a variety of procedures using needles to penetrate various stimulations points in our body and then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture is believed to be effective in healing depression, anxiety and some sleep disorders. It is said to have originated in China but it is currently being practice all over the world.
Herbal Medicines: Herbalism or Herbal Medicines or basically the use of natural herbs and other medicinal plants to cure a variety of diseases is being practiced around the world. It is also known to be one of the oldest healing technique and most of our modern medicines originated from this practice. All plants have and continuously (in their life cycles) produce chemical compounds that are being use to cure a variety of diseases.
Cupping Therapy: This old practice also originated from China and it is still being use until now to help improve blood flow. This is very popular in Southeast Asia especially in the touristy areas and it’s commonly being offered in various spas. This technique involves creating a vacuum by placing a glass cup on top of your skin by means of heat and vacuum. It is said to be effective in reducing stress and body pain.
Ayurveda: Ayurveda or Ayurvedic Medicines originate from India and it is still being practiced until today. Ayurveda gives emphasis on using herbal medicines to help cure diseases. There are difference branch in this practice and they also gives focus on the importance of meditation, yoga and various exercises.
Hilot: Hilot is one of the popular healing practices that is still being used today in the Philippines to heal body pains, common flu, muscle pains, arthritis and others. Hilot is basically just massaged and it’s not just being practiced in the Philippines but as well as in other parts of the world.
Meditation: You might be surprised why meditation is considered a healing technique but a lot of people feel and believe that a lot of our physical ailments are byproducts of the condition of our mental health. And meditation comes in to help maintain our self-equilibrium, reduce stress, speed up recovery and rejuvenation etc.
Some of the healing practices mentioned in this article are said to have a placebo effect on various patients thus facilitating healing. Some believes that they are really effective in curing diseases and some don’t. Growing up in the Philippines, I was exposed to herbal medicines and “hilot” to cure some of my basic illness, looking back it seemed to have had cured my sickness maybe because that time, I believed and trusted that it would indeed heal me.