5 Ancient Health Therapies Still In Use Today

Alternative therapeutic medicines from ancient times are still popular in many cultures, and they are used to achieve healing through methods other than conventional medicine. Some of the most popular forms of alternative therapies include mud therapy, tapping, yoga, hydrotherapy and meditation.

Stangerbad (bath for hydroelectrical therapy)
Stangerbad (bath for hydroelectrical therapy) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Hydrotherapy has been in practice for over thousands of years. Water is a natural part of the body, of which over 69 percent is composed of water-based blood and other human fluids. Water has numerous effects when it is applied as a therapeutic form of treatment to relieve stress, toxins, ailments and other diseases from the human form. Hip baths, spinal baths, Jacuzzis, steam baths, saunas and sheet packs are often used as a form of water therapy for patients.

Since ancient times, for instance, the Japanese have traveled to the mountainous region of Shiobara to enjoy the healing benefits of free-flowing hot springs, relaxing their muscles and treating their bodies to total submersion in the outdoor pools.  Cold and hot water treatments can invigorate the cells and harness the power of water in a number of healing therapies. Water therapy has been known to help alleviate symptoms in bloating, gas, constipation, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, stress and migraines.

EFT-tapping points
EFT-tapping points (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EFT Tapping

This form of physical therapy utilizes the fundamental principles of acupressure to deal with negative feelings. Applying pressure onto points along the Meridian System of the body, an energy channel “map” that connects all organs of the body, one is able to positively affect the activity of the corresponding organs.

Utilizing motions taught as EFT, or emotional freedom techniques, the practitioner rapidly taps onto certain key body points with their finger tips to “alert” certain good energy flows.

This is perfect for people suffering from panic disorders, phobias, sadness, anger and frustration. The technique is simple to master, and is based on specific energy points on the face, skull, upper chest and hands. It’s an ancient practice used to gently heal the body without the use of needles and pain.

yoga (Photo credit: GO INTERACTIVE WELLNESS)

Yoga Therapy

Verified by scientific procedures in carbon dating and astronomy to be between 5 and 6 1/2 thousand years old, Yoga therapy is used to help cure mental and physical ailments while incorporating balance and tranquility to the entire body.

This practice of therapy is designed to help you relax and manage your daily stress.

Yoga is not only excellent at reducing stress, it can also help you increase your fitness level and strength. It also helps people deal with major health problems such as cancer, anxiety and depression. Yoga has been known to improve conditions in people suffering from weight problems and high blood pressure.

Mud therapy
Mud therapy (Photo credit: Carlos Caicedo)

Mud Therapy

Mud has numerous medicinal properties dating back centuries, and it is an integral part of the five elements known to aid the human body. Earth has been known to treat numerous diseases and skin conditions since it contains a variety of minerals. Sulfur, bromide, magnesium and zinc are some of the healing properties that can be found in mud.

Clarified mud is mixed with water to form a paste, and it is applied to the skin directly to strengthen the immune system, unclog pores, eliminate toxins, improve blood circulation and repair the skin. Mud therapy is also easily available and cost effective.  Both Cleopatra and The Queen of Sheba are believed to have used Dead Sea mud facials for its beautifying properties.

Buddha, Kamakura, Japan
Buddha, Kamakura, Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Meditation is an interesting form of healing therapy that connects you to your inner self. People with heart disease, high blood pressure, extreme levels of pain, anxiety, depression and stress have been known to combat their symptoms by over 40 percent through meditation.

Meditation works by focusing on a particular object and learning to breathe through the various techniques. New research techniques have also studied the positive effect that meditation has on ADD and ADHD patients, and how deep thinking actually shows calming levels deep inside the brain tissue.

Many of these popular healing practices can be found dating back to ancient times. However, these therapies are still being utilized all over the globe today to help patients achieve balance, health, wellness and spirituality without the risks of side effects from pharmaceutical drugs.

About the Author

Ann Bailey is a former journalist and contributing writer for the natural health industry.  She assists with research articles dealing with EFT tapping and its anxiety relieving attributes, as taught by the online community at The Tapping Solution (dot) com.  By explaining and demonstrating the tapping techniques, the website assists in spreading awareness of the benefits of this ancient healing art, as well as teaching the technique in a simple, easy to follow, visual way.


Ann Bailey

Ann Bailey is an artist and former journalist, and contributes blog articles and research for the Arts, Health, and Business communities.

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