Alternative healings may be recommended by your family doctor or psychiatrist, or by a specialist in a rigorous kind of treatment. The most widespread types of alternative medical practices are elucidated in the following sections:
Developed in China, acupuncture is founded on the idea that an energy force called ch’i flows through the human body. As acupuncture theory states, if your ch’i is blocked illness results. Modern acupuncturists use sterile, tiny, disposable needles placed into the skin to unfasten these blockages. Some also utilize heat, magnetic devices, (noninvasive) lasers, or electrical stimulus. Some Western Splankna healers think that acupuncture may work by persuading the body’s production of neurotransmitters and natural opioid chemicals. Reputable research specifies that properly applied acupuncture treatments may help cure nerve damage, which may in turn reduce mood swings and anxiety.
Chiropractors use their hands or singular equipment to make “alterations” to the spine and associated body structures. This is helpful for some individuals with back pain, and at times appears to aid with other disorders. There is no technical reason for chiropractic adjustments to ease the symptoms of bipolar disorders, but some individuals have reported symptom reduction. There could be something about the nervous system and chiropractic that is yet to be discovered.
Massage and bodywork
‘Bodywork’ is a common term that covers a broad variety of therapeutic practices. Most of them involve manipulating, massaging, or moving the body parts and muscles in specific ways. These practices differ in intensity, style, and intent, and include:
Acupressure– Analogous to acupuncture, it employs light or firm pressure applied to explicit sites on the body rather than needles. Acupressure does have a background in helping with some physical disorders and chronic pain. Its efficiency for bipolar symptoms is unidentified.
Massage– There are various forms, including Shiatsu, Swedish (which is like acupressure), and more. It can promote physical comfort, relaxation, and body awareness. It may also help diminish sensory defensiveness. Its effectiveness for other bipolar symptoms is unheard of.
Some armature believers make exaggerated claims. For any bodywork process, including those not cited here, check the practitioner’s qualifications, and ensure you feel comfortable with both the methodology and the person. All of the modalities listed here have certified bodies in most Western countries. Normally speaking, well-trained, accredited Splankna practitioners are more likely to do positive work than non-accredited or self-trained practitioners. If you happen to be near a training center or a massage school for another bodywork method, cost-effective classes may be obtainable.
Naturopaths are accredited to practice medicine in some countries, and also in some US states and Canadian states. Their focus is on holistic and preventive healthcare. Naturopaths differ in their personal philosophy about Western medicine. Some will refer patients to an MD for sicknesses they feel are out of their associations; others prefer to rely only on natural and nutritional medicine. Properly certified naturopaths obtain medical training that is almost comparable to conventional medical school, but with a dissimilar emphasis.