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“Ah dinnae think the engines will take it Captain!”, said Scotty for the hundredth time, as the Enterprise hurtled through space at warp factor 8. Incredibly, Scotty had somehow managed to save the day, like he always did, with the push of a few buttons, and re-routing something through the conduit!!

You see for them, albeit tv make belief, the use of technology had become essential and commonplace! Technology had all the answers! Or did it?

In our world, even now at this moment in time, science is the new religion! Does anyone really care about the old traditional ways and learnings passed down through the generations? Has the infinite wisdom of technology brought back more community spirit?

Years ago, I would never have believed, that I could control my own pain, without the use of tablets! Even more amazing, I had an operation without any anaesthetic, using only the power of my mind and Self-Hypnosis to see me through!

Science Is The New Religion!

We are led to believe that technology has all the answers and the application of science can help us lead a better life. It can bring us pleasure in the form of new devices, like smartphones or smart televisions, or even new environment friendly electric cars! But are we becoming too dependent on them?

There really is a place for both technology and “Alternative” or “Complementary” methods and practices. This difference, between the old and new, is most prevalent when it comes to medicines and medication and the wholistic way of looking after the mind and body. Here we highlight the differences and uses of both methods.

Traditional Prescribed Medicines

Antidepressants — are a type of medicine used to treat clinical depression. It’s not known exactly how antidepressants work. It is thought they work by increasing levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and noradrenaline, are linked to mood and emotion. Fluoxetine is probably the best known (sold under the brand name Prozac).

“PainKillers” — are powerful drugs that interfere with the nervous system’s transmission of the nerve signals we perceive as pain. Such as Co-Codamol — for Mild to moderate pain (and even some acute or chronic pain).

Sleeping Pills — Such as — Zopiclone is used to treat bad bouts of insomnia. It helps you fall asleep more quickly, and also helps stop you waking up during the night.

Alternative “Complementary” Methods and Practices

Alternatives such as “Talking Therapies” can be used instead of antidepressants and other prescription drugs. Here are just a few.

Hypnosis — or Hypnotherapyuses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a” trance”. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state, that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. This enables a heightened state of “suggestibility” that can be used to alter ones internal mindset to achieve long lasting results.

Since becoming a Transformational Hypnotherapist, I can contest to the fact that Hypnosis and using the power of your mind, properly trained and directed, can be amazing and astounding! The mind really does have the power to heal the body!

EFTEmotional Freedom Techniques is a relatively new discovery and a fast-evolving treatment within the field of Energy Psychology. This uses the fingertips to tap on certain meridians or areas of the face and body to alter certain emotions, such as anxiety or fear or lack of confidence.

CBT — Cognitive Behavioural Therapy — is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

Psychotherapy — (psychological therapy or talking therapy) is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change behaviour and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviours, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills. However, as is often the case, therapy sessions can last for months or even years for the treatments to be really effective!

Placebo effect — This is defined as a phenomenon in which some people experience a benefit after the administration of an inactive substance or sham treatment. What exactly is a placebo? A placebo is a substance with no known medical effects, such as sterile water, saline solution, or a sugar pill. Amazingly even when someone knows it’s not a real pill, the mind can imbue it with the powers, as if it was the real deal, and benefits can come from that too!!

Back To The Future

What is becoming more and more of a major issue is that we can’t go on being a pill-popping society that reaches for that instant fix to cure our ills!

A very recent study concluded, that long term drug dependency, in the UK alone, affects hundreds of thousands of people! Sometimes drugs are being taken for years, when their use was for short term only!

There has been a noticeable and concerted shift now, towards reducing and even getting rid of certain prescription drugs! Even some medical experts, agree that there is validity, in “alternative therapies” to cater for things such as mild depression, stress, anxiety, phobias, etc.

The future is bright. Technology and Old- School ways, existing side by side. One can complement the other! I also believe that, as living sentient beings, we need to nourish the soul, in order to live a life full of wonder and contentment!