In today’s modern world full of technology, only a few may wonder how people in ancient times have lived. However, there has been a rising consciousness of ancient ways of healing in the present day, and with the increasing rate and number of illnesses, we might do well to look to the past for ancient wisdom. Here are 5 ancient ways of healing to look into:
This way of healing originated from ancient China, before being adapted by neighboring Asian countries, and finally spreading to the West. The Chinese belief is that our bodies should be in a balanced state to achieve good health and that illness is due to an imbalance of Yin and Yang (the forces which make up our bodies) and that this leads to Qi, or energy, being blocked from flowing freely within our bodies in their pathway called meridians.
In the same manner as blood, they believe that Qi should circulate in our bodies without fault in order for us to stay in good health. The Chinese have developed acupuncture points – these points are located in meridians and these points are where needles are inserted to influence the flow of Qi in the meridians, leading to a stable and continuous flow of it within our bodies.
Simply put, acupuncture is a natural way of healing that involves the insertion of needles into acupuncture points to relieve pain, and for holistic well-being. Presently, you can find acupuncture clinics everywhere, and there are lots of schools that offer a teaching of acupuncture. A lot of people who have tried acupuncture would be willing to testify that it does work, but always be cautious; a simple acupuncture can also turn bad.
Like acupuncture, moxibustion also originated from China but has been used throughout Asia since the ancient times. It involves the burning of an herb called mugwort in acupuncture points, and aims to promote the flow of Qi within our bodies and maintain our health and well-being. There are several ways moxibustion could be done: moxa (or mugwort) could be placed on an acupuncture point and left there to burn completely (this could burn the skin), or it could be placed on a point and removed before the burn reaches the skin.
Or you can even have a stick-shaped moxa burned not directly on the skin but only close to it, only having the point warmed up. Lastly, moxibustion could also be done together with acupuncture. Once a needle is inserted into a point, the other tip of the needle will be wrapped with moxa and the burned, to generate heat to the acupuncture point and to areas surrounding it.
This is an ancient way of healing that originated from India and focuses on our holistic well-being, thus in mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic belief states that our mind, body, and spirit should be in harmony with the universe in order to have good health. To be in balance with the universe, Ayurveda promotes having the right diet, taking herbal medicine, and meditation.
This is a way of healing that has been used in numerous ancient civilizations in Egypt, India, and China. Pranic, in Sanskrit, literally means life-force. In pranic healing, there is a belief in a life-force, or an invisible energy that maintains our bodies’ well-being and health. This invisible energy is more commonly known as aura – the energy that surrounds our bodies.
It is believed that before illness takes form in our bodies physically, it first manifests in our aura. Pranic healing involves removing the energy that has manifested an illness and giving fresh new energy to the body’s affected areas, only through the use of a practitioner’s hands.
Blood – Letting or Bleeding
This way of healing has been used in ancient civilizations in Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). It was founded in the belief that the balance of bodily fluids, or humours, is the basis for good health. The humours included phlegm, blood, black bile and yellow bile, and the balance of these substances in the body dictates our health.
This way of healing involves drawing out amounts of blood from the body to restore the balance of the 4 humours and to prevent or cure our bodies from illnesses. As we all know today, this method is severely unsafe and has long been discredited for use.
If you think you are not in good shape – may it in mind, body, or spirit, you might find the answer to your troubles in ancient wisdom. All these ancient ways of healing (except bleeding, of course!) are still popularly used today, and if they worked for the ancients, they might work well for you too.