Top 10 Unusual Places Thought to Provide Healing — TopTenzNet


Top 10 Unusual Places Thought to Provide Healing 10. Stonehenge The prehistoric monument Stonehenge is the
source of many unanswered questions. For years, historians and archaeologists have puzzled
over how a Neolithic civilization managed to transport large stones without the use
of modern tools — not even the wheel was invented at this point in time — from distances
up to 200 miles away. Adding to the mysticism of the stones are various (and often peculiar)
explanations for their purpose. Opinions have ranged from astronomy to religion, and even
to extraterrestrial origins. Among these theories exists the notion that Stonehenge is actually
a sanctuary for healing. There are two main types of stones in Stonehenge,
bluestones and sandstones. Despite far more bluestone fragments being found during excavation,
findings near the surface predominantly consisted of sandstone fragments, a ratio that seems
mathematically unlikely to experts. Proponents of the healing theory speculate that this
may be a case of the bluestones being dug up and removed by visitors seeking their healing
properties. Although let’s not rule out people seeking free souvenirs. This theory becomes increasingly viable when
we consider the human remains found at the site. Not only did most of the deceased show
clear evidence of illness, but oxygen levels in the teeth showed that these individuals
came from various parts of the country. Was this merely a burial site, or were these individuals
making the trek in search of healing powers beyond our understanding? At least we know
one thing: if these particular individuals went there to be healed, it didn’t quite
work. 9. The Ganges River The Ganges, a 2,510 km stretch of river that
meanders down from the Himalayas and drains into the Bay of Bengal, is known for its beauty
and its spiritual significance. Running through one of the most densely populated areas on
Earth and supporting nearly 100 million people, it comes as no surprise that the Ganges River
Basin is also known for high levels of contamination and pollution. It’s estimated that approximately
one billion liters of untreated sewage is dumped into the river on a daily basis. As
if that wasn’t enough to make us leave our swim trunks at home, there are thousands of
cremated human bodies released into the Ganges each year. That makes the notion of the Ganges
River as a source of healing surprising, to say the least. However, scientists are beginning
to think there’s some truth behind this theory, and they have evidence to prove it. The waters of the Ganges River have been found
to possess bactericidal activity, which is the ability to kill bacteria. This is due
to high concentrations of bacteriophages, which attack and kill bacteria and pathogens
in the body. Since phages are highly strain-specific, they’re essentially harmless to humans.
Phage therapy is already used to treat infections linked to bacteria, so perhaps the idea of
the Ganges as a destination for healing isn’t so far-fetched. That being said, taking a
casual dip in the Ganges may not be in your best interest. 8. Buried Underground When we think of grave sites we think of death.
One group in Russia, however, is much more optimistic about the subject, and they’ve
given a very literal meaning to the term “dirt nap.” Assuming that most of us quiver at
the thought of being buried alive, the notion of this process being used for healing purposes
should sound absurd. However, these Russians have found an unusual form of psychological
therapy, one that’s said to help with stress and depression. For $160, participants are
buried under 30 cm of soil. They’re left alone with their thoughts, fears and anxieties,
all while breathing through a small tube. Sessions can last anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes,
and judging by the reviews from participants, the process might actually work. One volunteer
described his session by saying “The first thing you experience is panic. Once your face
is covered with Earth, you start tasting it and thinking what the hell am I doing down
here? But once you calm down there is simply no other place like this.” If you’re feeling stressed and thinking
of trying it the process is apparently safe, but don’t try it at home. One Russian man
asked his friend to bury him alive for the night in the hopes of bringing good luck.
Investigators confirming the man deceased the next morning is a clear example of why
this shouldn’t be attempted by just anyone. According to reports, the organizer of the
therapy is a 10 year veteran of burials. We really hope that means “funeral director”
and not “Mafia member.” 7. The Dead Sea The Dead Sea is a fascinating body of water
located near Jerusalem. Not only is this salty lake the lowest point of any landmass on Earth
(it sits at about 400 meters below sea level), but it’s also said to be able to provide
us with numerous healing properties. Known for it high salinity, life in the Dead
Sea is impossible (hence the name). It’s this salt, in combination with other minerals
such as magnesia, bromine and iodine, that provide the lake with its apparent healing
abilities. The water in the Dead Sea can have a positive effect on the nervous system and
various glands, as well as have an anti-allergic effect on the skin and bronchial tubes. It’s
even been known to significantly mitigate or even cure psoriasis. If that’s not enough,
the Dead Sea is also an ideal destination for those dealing with muscle spasms and rheumatic
conditions, as the high salt concentration prevents the body from sinking during physiotherapeutic
water exercises. For those of us who suffer from any of these ailments, or who are just
weak swimmers, a trip to the Dead Sea might just be the perfect vacation. 6. Falling From a Plane For those who have skydived, the fear and
excitement of plummeting to Earth from 15,000 feet is impossible to describe (or so we hear).
For the rest of us who are too scared to try we may have to reconsider, especially if we
suffer from a mental illness. In his youth, Brandon Stogsdill’s life was
stricken with poverty, addiction and mental illness. He suffered from depression and soon
turned to drugs and criminal activity. It wasn’t until Brandon was sentenced to more
than three years in prison that he realized he needed to find help for himself. Stogsdill, who is now a child mental health
specialist in Seattle, has found a way to incorporate the thrill of skydiving into therapeutic
solutions for depression and anxiety. Using an indoor skydiving facility, kids are able
to practice mindfulness while experiencing a feeling of free falling. Additionally, individuals
who seek a rush from drugs and other negative outlets can experience it in a positive environment
through Brandon’s therapy sessions. Skydiving is certainly an unorthodox approach to healing,
and shouldn’t replace a trip to the therapist. However, Brandon’s success story provides
evidence that outside-the-box approaches to mental health shouldn’t be overlooked. 5. Japanese Onsen In Japan, the word “onsen” refers to hot
springs, and the country is full of them. Historical evidence of these springs being
used for their apparent health benefits dates back as far as 1,200 years ago. The original
legend began in the year 807, when a Buddhist monk came across a small boy bathing his ill
father in a river. Out of fear that the cold water would make his father even sicker, he
used his dokkosho (a ritual instrument) to pry between the rocks and release water from
the hot spring below. The story goes that the hot, mineral rich water eventually cured
the father, and these onsen have been instilled as a source of healing in Japanese culture
ever since. In 2010, nearly 128 million people visited
these hot springs. Whether we believe the legend or not, we can certainly appreciate
the level of faith that people have in the healing powers of these waters. And as of
2014, Japanese women have the highest life expectancy in the world at 87 years. Japanese
men aren’t far behind, ranking eighth with a life expectancy of 80 years. Maybe they’re
on to something here? 4. Holy Wells of the British Isles These holy sites, which have been destinations
for Christian pilgrimages since at least the early thirteenth century, are said to bring
good fortune and wisdom for those who visit. According to folklore, people also turn to
these wells for healing. And according to experts, there may actually be scientific
reasoning to back up their faith. Certain wells have been found to contain specific
chemicals. For instance, sulfur is commonly found in these wells, which can have positive
effects on individuals suffering from skin ailments. Some wells are thought to be able
to “strengthen” weak children. Not surprisingly, these same wells were found to have high concentrations
of iron. Similarly, the wells in County Kerry’s Valley of the Mad were found to contain high
levels of lithium, which is known as an effective treatment for some mental illnesses. For those of us considering making a trip
to the British Isles, these wells are thought to be able to cure everything from toothaches
to cancer. Wherever your beliefs lie, the Holy Wells can be seen as a mystical destination
that represent a rare overlap between spirituality and science. 3. Jamaica Jamaica is a destination known not only for
its tropical climate and diverse ecosystems, but also for its supposed healing powers.
Unlike most of the places on this list, Jamaica’s healing powers do not stem from a specific
location, but rather a specific plant. There are a number of well-supported claims about
the health benefits of smoking marijuana, including its ability to treat ailments such
as epilepsy, anxiety and even cancer. Another claim states that marijuana use can prevent
glaucoma. Could marijuana really help with our vision? One man claims from experience
that it most definitely can. In 1960, a boy was born almost completely
blind due to a neurological disorder that caused severe muscle spasms in his eyes. For
years he struggled with his condition, and he and his parents dreamed of finding a miracle
cure. That dream supposedly came true in the form of marijuana — he claims that he first
tried it with his brother at a drive-in theater and was amazed that he could actually make
out general shapes on the screen for the first time. His quest ultimately took him through Jamaica,
where he found a “ganga healer” by the name of Mackey. Using a series of cannabis-based
treatments, one of which involved a poultice of cannabis and herbs pressed over his eyes,
the man’s vision drastically improved over time. As of today, he’s able to read off
of a computer screen and work a normal job. We can call it absurd, we can call it a miracle,
or we can attest his recovery to the numerous health benefits connected with marijuana usage.
Whatever the case may be, the debate about medical marijuana will no doubt continue. 2. Salt Caverns of Berchtesgaden In a place allegedly referred to by the Dalai
Llama as the “Heart Chakra of the Alps,” a visit to the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine is
undoubtedly an enchanting experience. Well-known for its historical significance, the mine
is the oldest in Europe, dating back to around the twelfth century. Nestled in Germany’s
Bavarian Alps, the region offers stunning views, fresh air and a relaxing cave experience
like no other. So, what can you expect to achieve by visiting
this majestic underground paradise? In addition to a brief history lesson, the caverns are
known to provide relief to a number of ailments. Visitors have experienced noticeable improvements
with hay fever, depression, asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, allergies and sleeplessness. Respiratory
improvements are easily explained due to the natural humidification and purification processes
in the air, but experts have a much more difficult time explaining relief of chronic conditions
such as tinnitus. Could these salty havens really have healing powers outside our realm
of understanding? Not likely. However, for such a unique and magical environment, maybe
we shouldn’t rule anything out. 1. Mecca For Muslims, arriving at Mecca is the culmination
of the ultimate journey. Known as Hajj, this pilgrimage is both a significant spiritual
voyage for Muslims and one that’s a necessity to their faith. One of the beliefs involving Mecca is that
holy water from the Well of Zamzam has healing properties. Muslims will often drink the water
in hopes of good health, as well as bring small amounts home to their families as gifts.
Although the supposed healing powers of the Zamzam water can’t be confirmed, a much
more serious topic has arisen in recent years. In 2011, the holy waters of Mecca were found
to contain high levels of arsenic, and this presented a serious health risk to many who
made the pilgrimage. What made matters even worse was the fact that, although illegal,
this poisonous holy water was being bottled on site and sold in the United Kingdom. The
Food Standard Agency in the United Kingdom has been warning Muslim consumers to avoid
any bottled Zamzam water since 2005. What does that mean for those seeking relief
of their ailments? Well, the healing power of the Zamzam water may exist, but unfortunately
drinking it may just swap one health concern for another.

31 thoughts on “Top 10 Unusual Places Thought to Provide Healing — TopTenzNet”

  1. I was told one of the reason that Mecca is a healing powerspot (apart from the spiritual dimension) because of the energy that the anticlockwise movements of people roaming around it bring. So something about anticlockwise patterns are good to balance out with time going forward (.:clockwise).
    I was lucky enough to go to the Japanese onsens and seriously they are a form of life. They're incredible!!!

  2. What's this about Berchtesgaden? We just went there for one day as well as going up to Kelsteinhaus! Now I feel like I missed out on so much! Oh well, another reason to go back. One of many because the area is possibly the most beautiful and one of my two absolute favorite places on earth. I'll definitely go back someday.

  3. I've been on a marathon watch of your videos. Can't tell you how much I enjoy/love them. Your voice almost seems to smooth me so I can take it all in.

  4. One of the more interesting healing sites that few people know is Gutman's cave in Latvia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpRZ6yaqtWU

  5. Yup, weed is strongly linked with assisting with glaucoma, so it's POSSIBLE that the kid born "blind" could see.

  6. Saying the wheel hadn't been invented when Stonehenge was created is absurd. Do you really think not a single person had seen a pebble or log roll? If a monkey can figure out how to use sticks as straws and rocks as hammers I am sure humans figured out how to use logs as wheels/rollers.

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