Bangkok Alternative Therapies

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Living in a fast-paced world, city dwellers are increasingly exposed to pollution, career pressure as well as physical and mental stress. These factors, together with unhealthy diets and lack of exercise, have a long-term adverse effect on the well-being of both the body and mind.

Alternative therapies provide a simple but effective solution to help alleviate the stress and strain of the everyday. These holistic approaches to well-being are becoming widely popular amongst urbanites, who opt for non-chemical healing and treatments such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga and Pilates to prevent and cure illnesses, as well as to maintain their physical, spiritual and mental well-being. 

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Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting fine needles at selected points on the skin to balance the body's energy (chi), thereby treating and preventing disease. It's used to treat a wide range of common ailments, relieve pain and promote general health. Acupuncture is thought to trigger the release of endorphins in the brain. These chemicals affect various body systems, reduce pain and make you feel good.

Traditionally, it's believed that acupuncture removes blockages and promotes the flow of energy along the meridians, improving the functioning of the internal organs. Acupuncture has been shown to alleviate ailments including asthma, headaches, menstrual and digestive problems, high blood pressure and pain. It's also increasingly used in obstetrics and has been found to reduce morning sickness and ease labour.


After medicine and dentistry, chiropractic is the world's third largest health care system. The word chiropractic finds its etiology from the Greek words 'cheiro' (hand) and 'prakrikos' (done by hand). The chiropractor manipulates the backbone with his hand to bring back into alignment the vertebrae that are partially misaligned or misplaced.

This restores the normal flow of neuro-hormonal secretions in the spinal cord and the attached nerves, so that the body recovers from pain and the diseases causing that pain.

Chiropractors manipulate the bones and muscles of the body, usually by hand. This applies more to the spinal column or the backbone, which is adjusted to rehabilitate the normal functioning of the nervous system. As an art, chiropractic is very old. Manipulative massage was practiced over 2,000 years ago. Ancient Greeks maneuvered legs for relief of lower back problems.

The idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment is important in chiropractic. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.

Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic suggests that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.


Detoxification is a term increasingly popping up among the health-conscious. Even though it means foregoing some of the pleasures of life - like chocolate, coffee, wine, cheese and steak - at least for a few days or longer if done properly, the ancient concept of cleansing the body has always been popular. Lately, it has also become a fashionable term among stressed-out workaholics and hard partygoers.

Detoxification has also become a prominent treatment as people have become more aware of environmental pollution. Heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic, are by-products of manufacturing industries. Synthetic agricultural chemicals, many of which are known to cause health problems, are also found in food, air, and water.

The idea behind detoxification is ridding the body of toxins, which may have accumulated over the years thanks to unhealthy diets and busy lifestyles, through fasting and colonic cleansing methods. Beach resorts on Samui or Phuket have for long attracted health tourists from all over the world to relax and detoxify in the idyllic surroundings of palm trees and nature, but equally tranquil retreats can be found in Bangkok, ideal for busy city dwellers and international visitors alike.

On the whole, the idea of detoxification is the same, but approaches may differ and vary from drop-in programs to four-week retreats. 

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