There is no shortage of alternative medicine in Lake Chapala... naturopathic and homeopathic facilities are available with highly qualified practitioners. Their prices are extremely reasonable. You will also find BioResonance Therapy, detoxification, and massage therapy in Chapala just to mention a few.
Also many of the herbs used in natural remedies are locally available in the tianguis (local open air market). Several local stores also provide natural products either made locally or imported.
And there are Spa Clinics where you can even go and stay for rejuvenation and treatments.
On the lakeside there is another side to health than just the medical facilities. We have natural thermal waters in San Juan Cosala (a little village next to Ajijic). Natural swimming pools of varying sizes and temperatures, filled with therapeutic hot springs, bring numbers of people looking for relief from arthritis, rheumatism, stress, fatigue and insomnia, and, rumor has it, these natural waters even help heal fractures.
A highlight on our Focus on Mexico programs is when we take you to the mysterious Monte Coxala Spa & Pyramids in San Juan Cosala. Therapeutic hot thermal waters surface from the ground. These thermal waters are full of curative and spiritual properties. In a bygone era, Romans frequented hot springs and believed that, upon submersion, their evils were released and they were able to stay healthy and lucid in their daily lives. What a great revelation it is to affirm that such beliefs were not totally wrong. Even in the twenty-first century, things haven't changed. The power of seduction that provokes people to bathe themselves in these thermal waters continues even today.
Living on the lakeside offers an active but relaxed, no-stress way of life. A dear friend of ours once said: “If you are happy, you are healthy.” Living in a warm climate with sunshine 365 days a year with clean fresh air and virtually no humidity (not to mention no cold or snow), together with a slower ‘stress-free’ lifestyle and lots of smiles is by far the best remedy available for a healthy life. We have heard again and again from countless people that they feel better here and don’t seem to have the same aches and pains they had back home.
If you come on a “8-Day Focus On Mexico Program,” you’ll also hear stories like spiritual health in participating in a Temazcal (sweat lodge – traditional Aztec cleansing ceremony). And my favorite story of all is how Bromite(a haze sometimes showing over the lake) is the real reason people feel happier and healthier and have less stress in their lives.
"A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health" by Elena Avila with Joy Parker
Curandera’s Concept of Medicine and Wellness:"Curanderismo is an earthy, natural, grounded healthcare system that seeks to keep all of the elements of our being in balance. Curanderos (or healers) believe that human beings—along with animals, plants, minerals, water, earth, air, and fire—are all part of the living earth system. Illness occurs when one does not live in harmony with all aspects of self and nature."
I had just finished this marvelous book about two days before an appointment with Dr. Barbara Rotthaler, my alternative medicine doctor and good friend. Barbara told me about an upcoming Temazcal (sweat lodge – traditional Aztec cleansing ceremony) ritual that she was attending with a number of other women and invited me to go along. It was an experience of a lifetime.
Salud! (Good Health) And we really do hope you will join us on one of our “Focus on Mexico Programs” in Lake Chapala—a place where you can really enjoy the best years of your life in health and in happiness.
Way back in 2003, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary
Medicine’s Oct. 9th issue reported a study finding that Tai Chi “could
decrease blood pressure and results in favorable lipid profile changes
and improve subjects' anxiety status. Therefore, Tai Chi could be used
as an alternative modality in treating patients with mild hypertension,
with a promising economic effect.”
“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have
to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d
still have to say it.” - George F. Burns Stress is a major problem for many people — a hectic, stressful job, a
chaotic home life, bills to worry about, and bad habits such as unhealthy
eating, drinking and smoking can lead to a mountain of stress.
Chronic pain can really deter you from doing even your routine activities.
Anyone who suffers from any kind of chronic pain can surely tell you how
difficult it is sometimes to get up from the bed in the morning because back or
knee or neck has 'pins' in it. Inflammatory cascades also cause many adverse effects causing soft tissue and
even internal organs to swell, resulting in pain, discomfort and sometimes even
I have always disliked flies. I just didn't know how much until we moved to
acreage and began to raise chickens and goats. An irritation with flies turned
into a hatred of them. It was a giant battle to keep them out of the kitchen. I
even hired a couple of my children as hit men...a penny a fly. That probably would have worked pretty well except I failed to figure in the
over-zealousness of children.
Constipation is the number one
digestive problem. More than a third of the population - particularly women are
affected. Conventional medicine defines constipation as fewer than two or three
bowel movements a week. One to three BMs a day are normal and healthy. A poor diet, lack of exercise, a
stressful, hectic lifestyle or emotional issues are usually the common causes.
The problem is still a taboo subject for many people. But regularity is so
important for our overall health because without it, toxins accumulate in the
intestines and then get reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
A few weeks ago a device to produce
alkaline water was introduced to our community. The promoters are claiming that
it is the cure for all sorts of illnesses. Since that I have been asked many
times what do I think from the point of Natural Medicine about that “curing
water.” My first answer is, yes it is important for our
health to have a balance between alkalinity and acidity and to get rid of over
acidity by increasing alkaline forming foods and drinks.
As probably many of you noticed: October was National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month. Because I have never heard it before, I was curious, what it is and what is the
meaning of it.I thought it will be a wide spread information for us how
we can prevent breast cancer, what we
can they do for early detection and what
are the appropriate treatments. I looked
up English and German Websites but all what I found was promotion of
mammograms – a real propaganda nation and world wide.