This is a traditional Catholic blog. I remind people of this, as some commentators cannot understand what that means. It means that anything which is against the teaching of the Catholic Church, or things which have been condemned by the Catholic Church are simply not endorsed.
Much alternative medicine cannot be accepted. It is based on Eastern ideas of the body and soul which are not Western or Catholic. Here is a quotation for my often quoted Jesus Christ Bearer of the Water of Life.
When one examines many New Age traditions, it soon becomes clear that there is, in fact, little in the New Age that is new. The name seems to have gained currency through Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, at the time of the French and American Revolutions, but the reality it denotes is a contemporary variant of Western esotericism. This dates back to Gnostic groups which grew up in the early days of Christianity, and gained momentum at the time of the Reformation in Europe. It has grown in parallel with scientific world-views, and acquired a rational justification through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It has involved a progressive rejection of a personal God and a focus on other entities which would often figure as intermediaries between God and humanity in traditional Christianity, with more and more original adaptations of these or additional ones. A powerful trend in modern Western culture which has given space to New Age ideas is the general acceptance of Darwinist evolutionary theory; this, alongside a focus on hidden spiritual powers or forces in nature, has been the backbone of much of what is now recognised as New Agetheory.
Basically, New Age has found a remarkable level of acceptance because the world-view on which it was based was already widely accepted. The ground was well prepared by the growth and spread of relativism, along with an antipathy or indifference towards the Christian faith
|Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine|
Some of the traditions which flow into New Age are: ancient Egyptian occult practices, Cabbalism, early Christian gnosticism, Sufism, the lore of the Druids, Celtic Christianity, mediaeval alchemy, Renaissance hermeticism, Zen Buddhism, Yoga and so on.(15)
The problem is the definition of power and from where power comes. Catholics cannot mistake personal power for spiritual powers taught in Eastern religions which do not and in fact contradict the traditional Catholic teaching of body and soul. Our soul in individual, unique. We are created in God's Image and Likeness and our soul is created by God at conception with our body. We do not have multiple sources of spiritual power to harness. This is false teaching.
There is also a false idea that suffering is always bad. One cannot compromise on these philosophies, as one opens one's self up to deceit and possibly demonic powers.