9 Bizarre Healing Treatments People Actually Believe In
Even though medieval times are long gone, many people still believe in a wide range of so-called ‘alternative’ healing methods. Obviously, they’re called alternative because there’s no scientific evidence that they can successfully treat the human body. Let’s see whether any of these alternative treatments appeal to you.
1. Urine therapy.
Some people believe that urine has curative powers. So how can you utilize those powers? By drinking it, of course. According to some homeopathic websites, urine is not just a mere waste product but an “enormous source of vital nutrients, vitamins, hormones, enzymes and critical antibodies that cannot be duplicated or derived from any other source.”
However, as if this didn’t already sound fantastic enough, the website also claims that “it may save your life.” If only modern medicine knew that urine therapy can cure various diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. All of our problems would be replaced by a new one: horribly bad breath.
2. Ear candles.
Ear candling is supposed to clean people’s ears from wax. In order to do so, a hollow candle is inserted into the ear while the other end is set on fire. While this might not sound like a very good idea, practitioners also claim that it improves spiritual and physical well-being.
Not convinced? According to ear candling experts, “benefits may include improved lymphatic fluid flow through the body, improved colour perception, a more balanced emotional state and clearer thinking.” If you’re not yet sold on it, then you’re just not able to think clearly. You might have to get some ear candles to sort your head out.
Hirudotherapy involves leeches sucking your blood. This method was used in ancient times to gets toxins out of the body when there were no other options available. Nowadays, despite modern medicine, many people still appear to be magically drawn towards having their blood sucked. For once, this is not to blame on Twilight but on great advertising strategies.
According to the website ‘Amazing Leeches,’ “leech saliva contains several bioactive substances, including anti-coagulants, blood-thinner, vaso-dilators, anesthetics, antibiotics.” Bet you were hooked as soon as you read leech saliva. If you’re still in doubt, it’s not the leeches’ fault: “Leech therapy works in such a wide range of applications, (it is still not fully understood) and is based on a combination of multiple effects.” OK – that should really answer all your questions now.
4. Maggot debridement therapy.
Maggots love decaying meat. However, they don’t only feed on dead bodies but also sick living ones. What sounds creepy (and is creepy) was once very popular for cleaning infected wounds. The maggots would be inserted into the wound and feed on infected and decaying tissue. Once all the infected tissue was gone, they would (normally) exit the wound – unless they wanted to experience an adventure, then they’d gather their buddies and launch an expedition.
The use of this method rapidly declined with the invention of Penicillin in the 1940s. Although this treatment could prove useful again with the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, people are advised not to try the treatment on their own: “Uncontrolled maggots in large numbers can lead to infestation, infection and other major complications.” Never let those maggots off the leash.
This healing method basically involves no touching at all – the healer’s hands will gently hover over your body. Originally introduced by Dr. Mikao Usui, a religious Japanese scholar, it is supposed to connect “with the Higher Self of the Receiver to promote health and well being of the entire physical, emotional and psychic body.”
Supposedly, the so-called ‘life force energy’ is improved, which will then help the body’s immune system, relieve pain as well as acute injuries and postpone the aging process. The specifics are really hard to explain, even for the healers themselves: “It is extremely powerful, yet gentle energy that can be easily channeled to yourself and others, just by intention.”
6. Psychic surgery.
Before your vivid imagination takes off: This method does not involve cutting the patient open without using any anesthetics. In fact, it doesn’t involve any skin-piercing objects at all. During psychic surgery, the healer applies pressure to the diseased or injured areas to simulate a surgery. This procedure is then supposed to have the same effects as a normal medical surgery – which would render traditional surgeons completely unnecessary. It doesn’t make sense? Well, not many live to tell the tale.
7. Snake massage therapy.
What do you do when you’re a massage therapist having a lazy day? Right, you buy a whole lot of snakes and let them do your job. This massage method simply promises the benefits of usual massages – with a twist. The therapeutic, non-venomous snakes will crawl all over your body and provide one hell of a massage. Apparently, they are fully capable of giving massages “as their slithering causes a rubbing sensation on the body.” What about deep tissue massages, though?
8. DNA healing.
According to this theory, your DNA carries inherited emotional or behavioral patterns that can be changed by a DNA healing practitioner. The procedure involves “changing – literally re-writing – your feelings and beliefs. This new healing paradigm is similar to downloading a new program on your computer. You can have anything you want.”
It might sound like an abstract concept but is very well explained by the website ‘Transperception‘: “Since DNA regulates all physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being, the possibilities are endless!” Any more questions?
9. Rebirthing therapy.
By using rebirthing therapy, practitioners promise to relieve the trauma of being born in the first place. In addition, it supports emotional and physical well-being. So far, so good. What sounds like a simple breathing technique, is apparently much more than that: “Rebirthing breath causes the inner breath to be connected to the outer breath.” The inner and the outer breath, right… : “Inner breath can also be called pure life, spirit, God, or infinite being. The outer breath is air, oxygen, and the respiratory system.” OK… wait, what?
Although it is supposed to be a relaxing method, some rebirthing practitioners take it way too far: In Colorado, a ten-year-old girl died after a 70-minute rebirthing session that aimed at simulating birth contractions. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out that way. The girl, wrapped in pillows and crushed by significant weight, ended up suffocating.