The Women’s Resource Centre is offering a series of free information sessions on alternative therapies every Thursday in August.
Two sessions are featured tonight. Homeopathy, presented by Zenitha Varghese, runs from 5.30pm-6.15pm. Acupuncture, presented by Violetta Kanarek, runs from 6.15-7.15pm. Both take place at the WRC in Elizabethan Square.
The remaining sessions will feature hypnotherapy/eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and herbal healthcare products.
‘Many people have probably heard of these treatments or simply have limited knowledge or misconceptions about alternative therapies,’ said WRC Director, Tammy Ebanks Bishop.
‘The idea is to provide the public – but especially aimed towards women who are often the overseers of healthcare in families – with information on these alternative treatments so that they can make informed choices on a variety of options available.’
Those wishing to attend must register for each session separately. To do so, call 949-0006 or e-mail [email protected].
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine that strives to treat ‘like with like.’ Translated, the word homeopathy means ‘similar suffering.’ Homeopathy is one type of alternative medicine, being particularly popular in Europe and India, although less so in the US, where such therapies have been subject to tighter regulation. Homeopathy rests on the premise of treating sick persons with therapeutic agents such as drugs that are deemed to produce similar symptoms in a healthy individual.
Acupuncture (from the Latin acus, ‘needle,’ and pungere, ‘prick,’ is a technique of inserting and manipulating needles into ‘acupuncture points‘ on the body. According to acupunctural teachings, this will restore health and well being, and is particularly good at treating pain. Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China and is most commonly associated with traditional Chinese medicine.