Have You Considered Holistic Medicine?
Ok, so imagine these three different situations:
- You have severe chest congestion, runny nose and you have the chills and a fever.
- You just fell while skiing and you broke your leg and you’re in a lot of pain.
- You were just diagnosed with cancer and told you need chemotherapy and radiation.
What do you do? The first thought is that you must go to your doctor to begin the healing process. But the question is, What kind of doctor is best for each of the conditions? What kind of doctor is best for you? There are many factors to look at before deciding.
In the West, we have historically been indoctrinated to seeking a traditional licensed medical doctor to create a treatment plan for “fixing” the problem that is presenting itself. In other words, you have cancer and the treatment for cancer is a certain protocol of drugs that have worked “reasonably well” on similar tumors or conditions on others in the past. This is called the allopathic approach to medicine.
In my mind its like here is this identified diagnosis and then taking a flamethrower to knock out or destroy the cancerous cells without any regard to the origins of the condition or the factors that contributed to the creation of the condition. It might knock out the cancer but the side effects from the treatment may be debilitating and in some cases cause as much harm as it does good.
Allopathic Medicine does not even look at questions such as why does one person with the same risk factors present with the disease and another person with the same risk factors is free of the condition.
No where in this treatment plan is the person who is being treated considered for a variety of factors that makes him unique and different from others who may have presented with the same condition. No where in this treatment plan are the origins of the condition being considered. What made the patient susceptible to this condition in the first place? How can the body’s natural healing abilities be summoned and used to heal itself without the intervention of drugs that are in some cases just as toxic as the condition sought to be cured?
There is a growing movement in the Western world for incorporating a holistic or whole body approach to healing. Chinese and Ayurvedic practitioners have been around for hundreds of years successfully practicing Holistic Medicine.
By whole body I mean incorporating and creating a restored balance in not only the physical body, but in the mental, emotional and the spiritual aspects of the patient. Let me explain why this is so important.
The human body is a complex system of physical, electrical and energetic connections that work dependently on the results of the other systems. In other words, if one system goes down, the entire system may go down or not function properly. This is called dis ease. The body is in a state of dis ease when one or more systems are not functioning properly.
What is Holistic Medicine
Holistic Medicine is not a method of treatment rather it is an approach to wellness by treating of the entire person, not just the pain or the symptom. The aim is to restore a person’s mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well being so the body can reach its natural level of homeostasis. From this balanced level of well being, the body can use its natural self healing capacities to restore itself to full health.
A holistic health practice integrates both traditional (allopathic) and complementary therapies. Rather than be bound by the stringent rules of traditional (allopathic) medicine, a holistic practice allows for and integrates all available therapies to restore multiple aspects of the body’s natural healing abilities.
Holistic modalities cover all forms of diagnosis and treatment, including everything from:
- Prescription medicines and supplements
- Energy healing and balancing
- Herbal remedies
- Homeopathic remedies
- Stress reduction and relaxation
- Supplementation of the immune system
- Prescribing a good laugh every day
- Getting a puppy
An essential part of Holistic Medicine is to restore the body’s energy back to a natural flow so the innate healing capabilities of the body can work without interruption or hindrance.
For example, although a medical doctor can set a broken leg, a homeopathic physician or an herbalist—two examples of holistic practitioners—can recommend remedies to help the leg heal faster. Both forms of treatment can and should be integrated to get the fastest and most effective relief for the patient.
My husband recently had hernia surgery and the surgery successfully repaired the affected area leaving a fairly big and painful incision. By supplementing his recovery with homeopathic remedies, a form of energetic medicine, he was able to heal in record time and had very little pain from the surgery. This is a great example of the optimal use of traditional and alternative modalities working together for a very powerful outcome.
As a holistic practitioner, I will ask about the cold symptoms and I will also seek more information to acquire a more holistic view of the problem. This might include the emotional and stress levels and any other physical considerations that they patient might not think is important.
At the heart of holistic medicine is an appreciation of the patient’s mind, body, emotions, vitality, lifestyle, attitudes and symptoms. The question is, “How well are they all working together, right now?”
To treat a cold, as a holistic practitioner, I may individualize treatment on the basis of the patient’s temperament, body heat, energy level, thirst and desire for food, as well as whether the cold is runny or dry.
As a collective we are beginning to realize that conventional (allopathic) medicine represents only one philosophy of treatment and perhaps not as comprehensive as each person needs and wants.
Notwithstanding this, most medical doctors are still reluctant to recommend holistic health care primarily because sometimes, it cannot be “proven” by scientific methods and studies.
One drawback that must be overcome is that currently many health insurance companies do not always cover holistic treatment. For example, at this writing, Medicare does not cover Naturopathic doctors.
The Good News
According to the American Holistic Medical Association, an increasing number of medical doctors are becoming holistic, adopting some of the thinking and practices of natural medicine and thereby giving their patients the best of both worlds.
Accessibility to holistic practitioners is still somewhat limited if you live outside of urban centers, and you should keep in mind that if you do find one, you may have to alter your own attitudes about healing.
You will be encouraged to become actively involved in the healing process by changing your diet or lifestyle habits, or by examining inner attitudes about illness and healing.
You can normally expect the therapeutic effects of natural medicine to be slower for some conditions and more subtle than drugs or surgery-based health care.
And because of a patchwork of licensing laws, you may be confused about which practitioners are competent and responsible. All these factors tend to make some types of natural medicine controversial, but there are ample reasons to consider holistic practitioners as an alternative or an addition to your treatment plan.
Something To Think About
You’ve seen your doctor, who finds no medical problems. Now what do you do?
Here are some things your Holistic doctor might suggest.
- Change your diet — cut down on fats and added sugar, and eat more organic, non-gmo vegetables and fruits.
- Walk or do some kind of exercise at least four times a week.
- Get outside in the sun and walk with bare feet. Be with nature.
- Examine your stress level and learn to handle it better with deep breathing, meditation, yoga etc.
- Become actively involved in a joyful social group, gaining a few friends that you see regularly or start a hobby that brings you relaxation and joy.
These are just a few things that you can do as you personally take on a “Holistic” attitude about your health and your Life!
Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
Esateys describes herself as the ‘Architect of the New You’ and has dedicated her life and professional career to helping her clients create “New Beginnings” by facilitating self empowerment, economic freedom and restored health.
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