New forms of complementary and alternative medicine are finding more and more believers in today’s hectic medical society. In response to HMO’s and rushed doctors who can only give you 3 minutes of their time, more and more people are finding themselves looking for new forms of treatment. Among these are Acupuncture, Reiki, and Craniosacral, all forms of alternative care that have been gaining in popularity. Acupuncture, therapy through stimulation of the muscles using small needles is gaining dramatically in popularity. People have found that this technique is very effective in relieving not only external muscular pain but also internal issues as well. Reiki is similar in its growing appeal to patients. It is an ancient practice which uses touch to channel healing energy. It can be used to help treat both external and internal issues as well as the practitioner has the ability to channel the energy to help cure whatever it is that ails you. Craniosacral therapy is the newest and most controversial of the three. Whereas Acupuncture and Reiki are ancient practices Craniosacral therapy has only been around for about 30 years or so. It involves an extremely light touch, about the weight of a nickel, in order to treat stress, head and back pain, and other chronic pains. The therapist uses this touch to give the body a chance to “reorganize” itself and in doing so cure the issues the patient is having. All these treatments are becoming more and more mainstream as people are seeking alternative options in order to avoid the high stress and sometimes ineffective environment of typical medical facilities. (Muchnick, www.lohud.com, 8/08/2008)

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