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The Efficacy of Alternative Forms of Medicine

Then there are the mystic therapies—reiki, pranic healing, theta healing, angels, so on and so forth. I was always intrigued and a little sardonic about these rituals and beliefs. I have ventured to learn and certify myself in some of them. I once asked a reiki practitioner how he would engage in treating some debilitating condition like cancer where thorough investigation and treatment could offer no optimistic prognosis. He told me something which struck a chord. He said that we conventional physicians just state facts. We are scared to hope. Thanks to the consumer protection acts we are scared to be intuitive and risk inspiring optimism. We underestimate the power of the mind and body to renew and rejuvenate itself, while mystic therapies seek to harness that strength. That is when magic happens. I could relate to what the renowned surgeon Bernie Siegel says in his book Love Medicine and Miracles,”The miracles come from within”.

Recently I came across many blogs on the internet about conventional doctors quitting their practice and admitting its limitations. They did it after years of creditable service only because they felt that we need to focus on wholeness and improving the body’s healing capabilities. The World Health Organisation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The first (and rather the more significant) part of this is ignored by most of us. Addressing this aspect requires a lot of self-exploration and acceptance and changing it requires a lot of sustenance and discipline.

I see a lot of parents complaining about their kids catching a cold often. The first accusation is always that the medications do not work. But very few look at the factors that add up to the situation. They do not ventilate the child’s room or service the airconditiner. The child has no time for fresh air and spends time in crowded tuition classes .Meals are grabbed on the go and rest isn’t synonymous with sleep. Not much of their encounters allow emotional release. There is so much going on to repress the life force within us. I really feel that besides looking out for the best schools and activity centres, we as parents need to take time to nourish the child’s body and soul. An annual maintenance contract needs to run in our mind and we must not dispose our illnesses as temporary inconveniences, but a call to introspection.


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Dr. Krishna Mahathi holds diplomas in Pediatrics and in the management of allergies and asthma. Years of working and interacting with children and parents have given her insight into developmental disabilities. She wishes that there was more awareness and acceptance of the issues that differently-abled children face and hopes that through this blog, she can enable thse children and their families to make sensible and informed choices.

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