This book provides information on alternative and complementary therapies that can expand the healing spectrum for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). It discusses healing perspectives and paradigms that have not been a part of traditional modern medicine but that, nevertheless, comprised a key component of healing armamentaria throughout much of mankind’s history.
The various subjects are frequently discussed from a holistic, mind–body–spirit view, in contrast to conventional medicine’s reductionistic orientation that views us as a sum of our body
parts whether molecules, cells, organs, or a spinal cord, which can be repaired in isolation.
In spite of the focus on alternative medicine, this book does not try to negate modern medicine’s many valuable contributions, which cumulatively have greatly extended the life expectancy of individuals with SCI. Most healing traditions have something valuable to offer yet, at the same time, have limitations in scope. Modern medicine emphasizes important pharmacologic and surgical approaches; however, other healing traditions stress often equally valid, but different therapies that medicine has traditionally ignored (for example, until recently, nutrition). It is as if medicine looks at the world through red-tinted lenses, and other disciplines green, blue, or yellow lenses. Unless we work together more in unity than opposition, each discipline’s vision will remain inherently limited.
However, if we open-mindedly accommodate divergent views of what is possible, we create an expanded healing spectrum that will benefit all, including those with SCI.
2. EASTERN HEALING
Acupuncture and SCI
3. LASER-BASED THERAPIES
Laser and Laserpuncture Therapy
Laser Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome and Hand Spasticity
4. NATURAL HEALTH AND VIBRATIONAL HEALING
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Edgar Cayce’s Vision: The Golden Touch
Chronologically Controlled Developmental
6. DOLPHIN-ASSISTED THERAPY
Is There a Dolphin in the House?
7. ELECTROMAGNETIC HEALING
Magnetic Healing: Overview
Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy: Diapulse
8. INDIGENOUS HEALING
Native-American Healing: Part 1—Philosophy
Native-American Healing: Part 2—Healing Modalities
9. PRAYER, CONSCIOUSNESS, ENERGY, AND SPIRITUAL HEALING
Part 1: Spirituality and Health
Part 2: How Spirituality Can Promote Physical Healing
Mind Instruction: Consciousness-Based Healing
10. SCI HEALTH PROBLEMS
Natural Urinary Tract Health
Natural Prostate Health
Nutritional and Botanical Approaches to Diabetes
Creating Strength Through Creatine
11. THE PARADIGM EXPANDING
Inert-Gas Therapy: A New Healing Energy for Spinal Cord Injury?
Title: Alternative Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury
Author: Laurance Johnston