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South Florida: the new hub for alternative health?

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Spiritual Healer Maria Baez
(Photo provided by Andrea Freygang)
 

Healing modalities classified as alternative, complementary, or spiritual are receiving a warm welcome in South Florida, leading one local holistic practitioner to conclude, “South Florida is the new Sedona, a place of transformation and healing.”

Maria Baez is a spiritual healer based in Hallandale Beach who is promoting the first annual Quantum Life Body-Mind-Spirit Business Celebration/Expo on March 6th and 7th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The two-day expo will address healing modalities ranging from plant medicine and energy healing, to singing and belly dancing. Tickets are $15 at the door, and children under 12 are admitted for free.

Baez noted that South Florida has “over 12,000 registered holistic practitioners, and thousands of unregistered, self-employed and work-at-home practitioners, healers, alternative schools and soldiers of awareness… Thanks to them, practices such as yoga, Reiki, massage, energy healing and others that were considered taboo just a few years ago, are now widely accepted.”

According the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), almost 40% of American adults use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), prompting physicians to learn more about these techniques. If physicians can confirm through research that certain techniques are indeed effective, then those techniques will likely become part of mainstream health care instead of alternative treatments.

NCCAM divides different CAM approaches into five general categories:

  1. Biologically Based Practices involve natural substances such as food, herbs, and vitamins. These include dietary supplements (e.g., glucosamine sulfate), herbal remedies (e.g., Echinacea), and other natural products in capsules, oils, powders, syrups, or teas.
     
  2. Energy Medicine involves the body’s life force (i.e., chi or prana). Techniques include qi gong, Reiki, tai chi, Therapeutic Touch, yoga, and bioelectromagnetic-based therapies.
     
  3. Manipulative and Body-Based Practices involve the direct manipulation of the body. Techniques include chiropractics, osteopathic manipulation, and massage.
     
  4. Mind-Body Medicine involves a strengthening of the mind’s ability to heal the body. Techniques include meditation, prayer, and creative expressions such as art, dance, and song.
     
  5. Whole Medical Systems are holistic approaches to the entire human body. They include Eastern philosophies such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, as well as Western approaches such as homeopathy and naturopathy.

What do you think? Is South Florida becoming the new hub for these alternative health techniques? Please scroll down to leave a comment!

 

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