Naturally Pain Free, by Letha Hadady, D. Ac., covers a multitude of complimentary treatments. At times, the unfamiliar references may confuse beginners. Hadady makes a good attempt to explain everything, although her years of training and education built her in-depth knowledge, and some of the practices are very complex. However, many of the ideas and techniques for basic comfort care are safe and reliable for novices and for those who don't want to use herbs or invasive therapy. Hadady always offers appropriate cautions and information.
Chinese, Eastern, Western, Ayurvedic, herbal, acupuncture, foods, Reiki, EFT, homeopathy, and light therapy techniques are included, and that's far from a complete list. Naturally Pain Free is an excellent reference book for safe and simple suggestions, such as relaxation exercises, diet tips for yeast problems, and calming qi gong practices. No one theory and belief system overshadows the others. As with any medicinal practice, she emphasizes more is not better, and readers need to read the cautions and understand the terminology before trying new ideas and products.
Hadady points out that any product, including herbal remedies, may cause an allergic reaction in some people. One of the main problems concerning allergens stems from the fact that the herbs are mixed, and many preparations contain large numbers of herbs—making it impossible to tell what product caused a reaction, should one occur. In addition, strengths vary widely in some products and may depend on the part of the plant that's included. It's relatively easy to find experienced practitioners, as well as western-trained medical doctors, to consult, which the author points out is vitally important if you wish to take alternative remedies along with prescription medications.
As a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (CHHP) and Reiki Master Teacher (RMT), with additional studies in herbs and aromatherapy, Hadady's book resonated with me. Acupuncture and herbs helped me through autoimmune flare-ups when nothing else worked. Mainstream health insurance didn't used to cover acupuncture; however, many now cover complimentary care or offer discounts from approved providers, including massage therapy. Knowledge and acceptance continues to grow.
Hadady offers substantial reference information as she discusses each treatment. She suggests that to find a western-trained medical doctor in the US who supports the use of complimentary therapies, look for someone who practices integrative medicine and check to see what types of training they've completed.
Newsday, LA Times Syndicate refers to Letha Hadady, D. Ac., as "The best known blonde in Chinatown." Her studies are extensive, and her website provides ongoing resources for numerous health and surgical issues, including supergerm infections. Hadady is adjunct faculty for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York at The Renfield Center for Nursing Education, as well as giving talks and writing about health in the US and abroad. Visit her website.
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