Tag Archives: Health

Holistic Lifestyle Tips

Holistic Lifestyle Tips – November

The Amazing Value of Juicing for Cancer Patients

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez discusses the benefits and value of juicing. He talks about why it can be so beneficial for the body and who might want to try it

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QsyXKgB1guw

How to Heal Cavities Naturally

The world is slowly waking up to the fact that, when you give the body what it needs, it can heal things we previously thought were impossible. A fine example of what is often deemed as an incurable health problem is dental cavities, but extensive research is now becoming more public about the true nature of tooth decay and the fact that there are proven remedies that can remedy it. Read the whole story: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/how-to-heal-cavities-naturally.html

The Crazy Amount of Sugar Hiding in Random Foods

66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much sugar is really in your food? Sure there’s a lot of sugar in Coke, but baked beans? And then there is the so called “healthy” cereal which amazingly enough has more sugar than Fruit Loops.
Read more: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/sugar-hidding-in-random-foods.html#ixzz2jXY6H5UZ

7 Steps to a Healthier, Stronger Heart

Ancient mythologies from various countries see the heart as the seat of emotion. We are ruled by the heart. It was believed by ancient Egyptians to house the soul and mind of a person.

The heart often overrules the head even though we now know that it is the head, or the brain, that controls the inner workings of the body. It was the heart of a man that was judged as to his innocence or guilt.

It is still the heart that determines a lot about a person, namely their health. In reality, the heart is associated with emotional states but has more to do with keeping you upright than how you feel.

Read More of This Article Here: http://www.natural-holistic-health.com/7-steps-to-a-healthier-stronger-heart/?utm_source=feedly

12 Indispensable Mindful Living Tools

By Leo Babauta

“The focus of my life in recent months has been living mindfully, and while I don’t always remember to do that, I have learned a few things worth sharing.”

“The first is a mindful life is worth the effort. It’s a life where we awaken from the dream state we’re most often submerged in — the state of having your mind anywhere but the present moment, locked in thoughts about what you’re going to do later, about something someone else said, about something you’re stressing about or angry about. The state of mind where we’re lost in our smartphones and social media.”

“It’s worth the effort, because being awake means we’re not missing life as we walk through it. Being awake means we’re conscious of what’s going on inside us, as it happens, and so can make more conscious choices rather than acting on our impulses all the time.”

“The second thing I’ve learned is that we forget. We forget, over and over, to be awake. And that’s OK. Being mindful is a process of forgetting, and then remembering. Repeatedly. Just as breathing is a process of exhaling, and then inhaling, repeatedly.”

“The third is that mindful living isn’t just one thing. It’s not just meditation. Nor is it just focusing on the sensations around you, right now in this moment. I’ve found mindful living to be a set of very related tools, perhaps all different ways of getting at the same thing, but each useful in its own regard.”

Read the rest here: http://zenhabits.net/toolset/

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Holistic Living News – September

What’s new in Holistic Living News? Here are a few things that have surfaced that I feel you should know about

Aspartame

Aspartame is a nasty chemical that’s sold as a zero-calorie healthy sweetener. But did you know that it’s technically not calorie-free? Not a lot, only about 4 calories per gram. [1] That isn’t a lot, and it’s not a big deal. But it’s one weird fact you probably didn’t know about aspartame. Let’s take a look at a few other points about aspartame that rarely get discussed.

Read 5 Shocking Facts About Aspartame

Chemical structure of Aspartame

Holistic Living News

Foam Roller

If you’ve ever had sore muscles, then you should keep reading

Foam rolling2

Holistic Living News

Foam rolling is called self-myofascial release, and the benefits are similar to that of a deep tissue massage. It’s also much less than a deep tissue massage -around $20 or so- and is the gift that keeps on giving. You pay for it once and can use it for years. Read the full article from Fitnessista

 

Pumpkin Cranberry Energy Bars

10-23-2013 7-44-18 AM

Recipe from Fitnessista
Holistic Living Updates

For Healthy Aging, You Must Understand Antioxidants and Free Radicals!

For hundreds of years, people have searched for the proverbial Fountain of Youth. How can you stay young as you get older? Many things have been tried and most of them involve plastic surgery or elixirs that leave a lot to be desired. Getting older is a fact of life. How you age is up to you. Plastic surgery is the soup du jour for many people but it only works on the outside of your body. Read the full article from Natural Holistic Health

For Healthy Aging, You Must Understand Antioxidants and Free Radicals!

Holistic Living Updates

The Benefits of Eating Green (Vegetables, That is!)

It seems that no matter what we are discussing, Mom and Grandma were right. Remember all the times they told you to eat your vegetables? Well, science agrees and now we know that consuming the right amount of green vegetables can keep us away from a large number of ailments and health issues. Read the full article from Natural Holistic Health

The Benefits of Eating Green (Vegetables, That is!)

Top 5 Superfoods

Mother nature supplies us with an infinite number of super foods, but the following are five top super food wonders that can prolong your life, give you extra energy and protect against diseases like cancer and dementia. Top super foods can also protect against heart disease and diabetes, as well as boost immunity and keep you at your ideal weight. If you want a bullet proof immune system, otherwise known as Super Immunity, it starts with knowing which foods to eat and then consuming them regularly. Click here to see the 5 superfoods

Holistic Living

The Health Benefits of Oregano

Oregano is widely considered as nature’s antibiotic. It is an indispensable spice in Turkish, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American and Italian cuisine, oregano is the must-have ingredient in tomato sauces and pairs well with capers and olives. It may be one reason why people who eat a Mediterranean diet tend to live longer and healthier lives. The oil of the wild oregano plant has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses and is a powerful antihistamine. Click here to read the rest of the article from Healthy Holistic Living

Holistic Living

 

8 Easy Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure

8 Easy Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure - Holistic Squid

Holistic Living

EMFs are emitted from every device that plugs into an electrical outlet as well as from airplanes and power lines or transformers. Your laptop, iPod, cell phone or other small handheld electronic devices all emit EMFs when they’re in use, and these frequencies interfere with the flow of energy (Qi flow) in our bodies. Over time, disruption of Qi can create imbalance and disease. Read the rest of the article from Holistic Squid

 

Related articles

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a comment

Filed under Holistic Healing, Holistic Living

Reading an Ear Reflexology Chart

Originally posted here: wikihow

The reflexology points on a physical ear chart are located on the ear lobe, the outer canal area and the outer part of the ear that is located just above the ear lobe.

Get an ear reflexology chart online or refer to one in a book.

Take a few moments to study the chart. You will see a logical pattern of reflex points located on the different sections of the ear. The reflexology points are located on the outer ear and the outer ear canal area, as well as on the ear lobe. The reflex points for your organs are located on the inner area of the ear canal

Look at the chart to see which areas of your ear to press or massage that coincide with areas of your body in which you are experiencing difficulty. If you have discomfort or pain in your shoulder, for example, you would press an area on your outer ear. The chart indicates that that reflex spot is just about directly across from your ear canal.

Reading an Emotional Ear Reflexology Chart

Most of the reflex points on the emotional ear chart are located along the outer rim of the ear and on the ear lobe.

Look for emotional ear reflex points on a regular physical ear chart. Sometimes both aspects are combined on one chart.

  1. Determine which emotions you are interested in working with. The reflex points for treating depression and anxiety, for example, are located on the upper part of your outer ear.
    Find the reflex points for expansive, spiritual emotions on the outer part of your ear lobe.

EditTips

  • Don’t worry if you are unsure of where one reflex point ends and another begins. The ears are small and you are bound to press the correct reflex spot if you perform an overall ear massage.
  • Find the largest ear chart you can. There are hundreds of reflex points located in a very small area so a large wall chart works best for clarity.

EditWarnings

  • The points for ear reflexology are similar to, but not identical to those in auricular therapy, which is also known as ear acupuncture. Be sure you are referring to an ear reflexology chart and not an ear acupuncture chart.

EditThings You’ll Need

  • Ear reflexology charts

EditSources and Citations

Leave a comment

Filed under Reflexology

Herbs for Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes a strong urge to move your legs. This urge to move often occurs with strange and unpleasant feelings in your legs. Moving your legs relieves the urge and the unpleasant feelings. People who have RLS describe the unpleasant feelings as creeping, crawling, pulling, itching, tingling, burning, aching, or electric shocks. Sometimes, the feelings also occur in the arms. You use natural remedies and herbs to help ease some of the discomfort of this disorder.

restless legs syndrome 2

restless legs syndrome 2 (Photo credit: grey hands)

Iron

Low iron can be a factor with those who suffer from restless legs syndrome. Therefore, increasing your iron intake can help. There are a variety of foods that are good sources of iron, including clams, chicken, beef and pork liver, turkey and seafood such as clams, sardines and shrimp. Fortified breakfast cereals are good sources of iron, as are cooked beans and lentils and potatoes with skins on.

Herbs

Calming Tea can help calm restless legs as well as aid in sleeping. These botanicals are natural sedatives and can help you relax while soothing stress and helping you sleep better.

Blood Circulation Tea : improves circulation in the body ensuring that the legs receive their share of the blood.

Exercise

Walking before going to bed can reduce nighttimes restless legs syndrome symptoms. Exercise tends to change chemical balances within the brain that can help create restful sleep.

Stop Using Caffeine and Tobacco

Caffeine can increase the “jitters” and can make restless legs syndrome worse than it needs to be. In addition, smoking can reduce circulation. It is not recommended that people who have RLS smoke.

Other Tips

 

Vitamins and minerals such as E, B12, zinc, magnesium and folic acid can be helpful. Daily Liquid Multi Vitamins are absorbed fast. Taking a multivitamin supplement can give you the vitamins you need to keep certain symptoms at bay.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a comment

Filed under Holistic Healing, Natural Healing

5 Natural Headache Beaters By Matt Jackson

http://www.healthypages.net/

 

Headaches and migraines can be caused by any number of factors but they all have one thing in common –  without an effective cure they can bring your life to a grinding and painful halt. This guide is meant for  those who don’t wish to take prescription or over the counter drugs and would rather use natural remedies  and healing techniques to cure their headaches.

 

 

Headache

Headache (Photo credit: Lel4nd)

Care should always be taken when looking at homeopathic or any other alternative remedies to ensure that  they won’t interact with medication you are currently taking and, of course, to make sure they have the  desired effect. However, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for the next so experiment to  find the best cure for you.

 

Aromatherapy

 

There are a number of different ways to use aromatherapy Among the most effective application methods  for headaches are the use of candles, oils and massage oils. Eucalyptus, lavender and sandlewood have  proven to be particularly effective at combating migraines and other forms of headache. You should avoid  the temptation to buy cheap products because often they contain very little of the actual ingredient you  actually want and supplement this with chemicals that could well worsen your headache.

 

Feverfew

Feverfew

Feverfew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Feverfew has recently become an incredibly popular method to combat headaches and, in particular, migraines. The active component in feverfew is parthenolide that is becoming increasingly popular with researchers and physicians alike because it has shown promising signs of fighting Leukemia and other more serious complaints. Feverfew acts as an anti-inflammatory and as well as preventing the onset of migraines  it can also help combat a sensitivity to light and nauseous feelings.

 

Research is still ongoing and, as such, it is difficult to give guidance with regards to the amount to take. Common side effects include a sore throat and mouth and skin rash if large quantities are taken. Recommendations range from 100mg to 200mg per day; any more is not advised. Feverfew capsules are available but many migraine relief tablets also include feverfew in their active ingredients so some shopping around in your local store may yield results.

 

Passion Flower

 

Passionflower (Passiflora) has gained a lot of respect in herbal medicine as providing a potential cure for various ailments. Among its uses, passionflower shows strong signs of combating migraines and headaches as well as lowering anxiety levels and works effectively as an anti-inflammatory. This combination means that passionflower extracts can help to prevent the throbbing sensation in your head associated with cluster headaches and migraines.

 

Peppermint

 

Peppermint has several advantages as a headache and migraine cure. It tastes and smells pleasant and is

 

easily obtainable. Clinical tests have also shown excellent results for many patients. Peppermint is best

 

used as an essential oil but you should avoid its consumption if you have acid indigestion or other digestive  complaints. Peppermint has been widely recognized as a headache cure for many hundreds of years but has  also been used as a coolant and a mild relaxant.

 

Gingko

Gingko biloba

Gingko biloba (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who hasn’t heard of Gingko Biloba and its various uses as an herbal remedy? As well as being used to help alleviate headaches it is also popular as an antidepressant and to improve memory and alertness. This unique combination of uses has made it extremely popular in health supplements and products for some  years now. Many Gingko supplements are available that also contain peppermint, cayenne and other beneficial plants and herbs. Superstores and health stores have a stock of different Gingko products available so choose wisely and, if necessary, experiment until you find the perfect remedy for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a comment

Filed under Alternative Therapies

How Does Reflexology Work?

This article brought you us by the Universal College of Reflexology

How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexology, in common with other complementary therapies, is trying to gain scientific credibility in order to be accepted by the mainstream medical profession. Part of this process involves explaining how Reflexology works. Listed below are some of the common theories of how Reflexology works. Many of the theories are not exclusive to Reflexology, and can be applied to a number of other therapies.

The Nerve Impulse Theory
When pressure is applied to the foot, or any other organ in the body, afferent neurons conduct the message to ganglia or groups of neurons outside the spinal cord. Normally, messages pass

Points of Reflexology 1. Pituitary 2. Neck 3. ...

Points of Reflexology 1. Pituitary 2. Neck 3. Side of head and Brain 4. Top of head and Brain 5. Sinus 6. Eye 7. Eustachian tube 8. Ear 9. Thyroid 10. Lung 11. Heart 12. Solar Plexus 13. Liver 14. Spleen 15. Stomach and Pancreas 16. Small Intestine 17. Colon 18. Bladder 19. Ureter tube 20. Kidney 21. Adrenal 22. Shoulder 23. Ovary/testes 24. Sciatic Nerve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

from the ganglia to the spinal cord then up to the brain for interpretation. Motor nerves than carry responses down the spinal cord, out to the ganglia then on to the appropriate muscles for activity.

The electrical impulse theory says that for a reason, as yet unexplained, messages from the feet reaching the ganglia connect up with the messages going to muscles, so that working the feet has direct action on bodily organs. This explains why Reflexology zones are vertical, with pressure on one side of the foot affecting organs on the same side of the body. The theory can also be used to explain how Reflexology benefits people with paralysis due to severing of the spinal cord.

The electrical impulse theory has much in common with the reflex arc, a well-known physiological phenomenon. Examples of involuntary reflexes include blinking, pupil contraction to light, knee and ankle jerks. The doctor tapping the bottom of the knee with a rubber hammer so that the leg shoots up is checking that the reflex arc is working, as an indication of proper neurological functioning. The reflex arc relies on nerve synapses or connections between sensory nerves and motor nerves in the spinal cord so that the activity takes place a split second before the brain is told about it, or can initiate it itself.

Gate Control Theory
A theory of pain is the gate-control theory. This theory says that pain receptors in the spinal cord regulating the amount of pain that can pass up to the brain. Once all the receptors are full, the ‘gate’ shuts, stopping further pain messages going up to the brain. This limits the amount of pain we feel.

The Placebo Effect
Many studies have indicated that patients have benefited from medication and surgery when they have in fact been receiving a placebo. Likewise, patients have suffered side effects from inert substances taken as a placebo. Trust in the therapist is an essential component of the effect as is the therapists’ confidence in what they are doing. Personality type is no indication as to reaction to a placebo. Perhaps the reason that Reflexology works is because of a placebo effect and the type of treatment is not as important as the relationship between therapist and client.

Impeded and Unimpeded Energy Flow Theory
This theory suggests that the ground pulsates with positive and negative electrical energy charges that are picked up by positive and negative receptors on the feet. The energy receptors in the feet are a part of the nervous system. In the healthy person, the charges and energy from the earth pass freely into the nervous system.

If the positive and negative charges in the feet are not in contact with the earth, due to congestion in the feet or particles impeding passage, they cannot pick up the earth charges as effectively and energy flow is impeded.

Reflexology can unblock the pathways allowing the electrical terminals in the feet to touch the ground again so that energy can flow freely

Reflexology Rocks

Reflexology Rocks (Photo credit: teddy-rised)

again.

It is now thought that modern systems of pain relief e.g. TENS machines, work by mildly stimulating the nerve pathways. All the receptors are filled, the gates shut and severe pain stimuli cannot be passed up the spinal cord to the brain. It has been hypothesized that Reflexology works in the same way as a TENS machine.

The Relaxation Effect
It is known that much illness originates from stress and tension in the body. It can be theorized that anything that relieves stress and tension and promotes deep relaxation will enable systems and organs in the body to work much more effectively. This theory suggest that Reflexology is very restful and relaxing, and therefore alleviates and helps prevent illness.

Subtle Energy/Zone/Meridian Theories
Subtle energy is a life force that animates the physical body. It is absorbed from the universe in general and from the air around us in particular when we breathe, touch or eat and it can be channeled into the body by healers. Zone theories have been around for several centuries, meridian theories for a lot longer. Both believe that subtle energy flows through the body in channels

Reflexology demostration at Spearwood Library

Reflexology demostration at Spearwood Library (Photo credit: Cockburn Libraries)

and that disruption to this energy flow results in ill health. Energy may stagnate, become blocked, or speed up. Blockages may be caused by stress, pain, injury and trauma or by a lack of exercise, amongst other reasons. The role of the therapist is to work on the areas of disrupted energy to restore a normal flow. See Zone Theory article for more details

The Holographic Principle
At a highly symbolic level, the holographic principle that “every piece contains the whole” can be seen in the cellular structure of all living bodies. Scientific discoveries in the world of cellular biology, have demonstrated that every cell contains a copy of the master DNA blueprint, with enough information to make an entire human body from scratch. The fact that every cell within the human body contains the information to create an entire duplicate body mirrors the holographic principle (see article “Understanding the Holographic Principle” ) whereby every piece contains the information of the whole.

This holographic principle when extended to the human body as a whole and Reflexology in particular may be applied like this. Parts of the body such as the hands, ears, and feet when stimulated affect the body as a whole. In that each of these parts carries the picture of the whole body, and so homeostasis or a dynamic state of balance can be achieved by stimulating the

English: Hand reflexology is a "pressure ...

English: Hand reflexology is a “pressure therapy” and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the hand to cure or prevent disease. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

reflexes in any one of these parts.

Electro-Magnetic Theories of Healing
A number of slightly different theories have much in common. It is known that all matter, including human cells, vibrate at certain rates. The brain in particular has recognized waves that can be detected on Electroencephalograms (EEGs). Alpha waves (8 – 13Hz cycles per second) are indicative of deep relaxation. It is also known that the earth is vibrating at a regular rate, in a frequency band known as Schumann Resonance, and that this rate is similar to that of Alpha waves. It can be postulated that the person whose cells vibrate at an alpha rhythm is in harmony with their surrounding and therefore likely to be in a positive state of health.

It is theorized that the brain is the link between the earth’s vibrations and our bodily vibrations. Electromagnetic messages are created in the brain as it oscillates between positive and negative polarities. It is also known that the human body contains iron (in red blood cells), dissolved electrolytes (sodium, chloride and potassium bicarbonate, in blood plasma), proteins (which act as semiconductors) and water, and therefore generates a bio-magnetic field. To send rapid messages the brain works like a radio transmitter/receiver, sending and receiving electro-magnetic signals directly to and from our body cells to regulate their vibrational frequency . The brain also uses the much slower nervous and circulatory systems to pass chemical and electro-magnetic messages to and from cells to regulate vibrational frequency.

Problems can arise in two ways. Firstly, under certain conditions the electrical messages from the brain can become blocked or distorted like a radio not quite tuned into a station. With damage e.g. caused by stress, the pairs of electrons spin in the same rather than in opposite directions, distorting the signal and causing cells to malfunction. Secondly, cells can vibrate at less than optimum frequency due to injury, emotional trauma or a decreased magnetic field. Degenerative diseases, memory loss and conditions such as ME have all been associated with magnetic field

64

64 (Photo credit: barnism)

deficiency.

Healing focuses on these two areas. Simultaneous EEG recordings (measuring brain electrical activity) often show that a client’s EEG pattern comes into synchrony with those of the healer during a healing session indicating sympathetic resonance is taking place. Studies have shown that the brain waves generated by healers are often Alpha waves. It is theorized that the healer, having tuned the client into the same wave length as themselves, can retune the messages to the correct frequency, or replace missing signals with their own signals restoring the Alpha wave link between brain and cells. In developing a relaxed alpha state prior to healing, the healer also taps into the earth’s vibrational energy to channel healing from outside through to the cells.

Healers monitored by electrometers have generated fluctuating surges of low frequency body potential of between 0.3 Hz and 30 Hz, with most activity in the range 7Hz. In some healers, up to 60 Hz of potential difference was found between the head/hands and the feet. In electrical terms the healer’s body becomes a LF bio-electric dipole antenna. It is known that 2 Hz can regenerate nerve tissue, 7 Hz can trigger bone growth, 10 Hz can heal ligaments whilst 15-72 Hz can decrease skin necrosis and generate capillary formation.

Magnetometers have measured palmar biomagnetic fields 1000 times greater than those of the heart and a million times greater than those of the brain. In

63

63 (Photo credit: barnism)

everyday life, palmer bio-magnetism is borderline detectability. The theory can explain why healers often feel tingling in their hands during a treatment. Areas of heat or blockage that healers sometimes say that they can feel on the body may be electrical resistance at the cellular or tissue level. It is also theorized that the healer’s sweeping or scanning of the body during healing could re-magnetize the blood and stimulate the bio-magnetic fields of the body. The circulatory system can then transport healing energy around the body in blood and plasma to restore correct vibrations.

Evidence in support of a healing energy theory have included accelerated tissue healing and bone repair beyond chance probability. Experiments with nerve cells in petri dishes have shown that energy generated by healers can cause impulses to travel along these nerve cells and jump between the synapses or gaps between cells from one nerve to another. Research has shown that brain cells contain millions of crystals suggesting that the brain acts like a radio transmitter/receiver.

Endorphin Release Theories
Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates or painkillers, with actions similar to that of morphine. These are stimulated by pain, and serve to reduce the amount of pain that we feel by inhibiting

English: Foot reflexology is a "pressure ...

English: Foot reflexology is a “pressure therapy” and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the foot to cure or prevent disease. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the activity of a neurotransmitter called substance P, that is thought to transmit pain. It is theorized that a Reflexology treatment stimulates the release of endorphins to help ease pain and to give the body the same natural elevation in mood as strong painkillers.

Facilitation Theory
This school of thought believes that the patient does their own healing when and if they are ready, regardless of the therapist or the type of therapy. The role of the therapist is to facilitate the process.

The Feet as a ‘U’ Bend Theory
In a plumbing system, the ‘U’ bend traps all the debris that passes through the sink, toilet or wash basin. With time, unless proprietary cleaners are used, the bend becomes clogged and waste water cannot flow away properly. The feet are the furthest point in the circulatory system from the heart. They are also the part of the body where the effect of gravity is greatest, and are in effect, the “U’ bend of the body. It is theorized that calcium, uric acid and lymphatic deposits in the blood accumulate in the feet interfering with the normal circulation of blood and lymph. Reflexology breaks up and moves these deposits, thus improving blood and lymph circulation.

Conclusion
Maybe Reflexology works because it is a combination of all of the above. At this point in time we just don’t know. Whilst it is important for the credibility of Reflexology to explain how it works, it may be many years before the scientific capability is available to test some of the theories, if at all. The effect of Reflexology may be due to an isolated factor, or due to a combination of factors. The important point to bear in mind in the meantime, is that regardless of how and why it works, Reflexology does work and brings benefit to thousand of people.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a comment

Filed under Health, Reflexology

What is Holistic Healing?

BY , ABOUT.COM GUIDE

Holistic healing means taking an holistic approach when seeking treatment for imbalances and choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle. What primarily distinguishes holistic healing apart from alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine is that physical health is not necessarily the main focus. Even so, it is often the experience of physical discomfort that will first prompt a person’s pursuit of holistic healing.
English: Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul

English: Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is true that our pains and other physical discomforts demand our attention. This is where the saying “sticking out like a sore thumb'” originated from. It is difficult to ignore the obvious when we are physically hurting. Common sense tells us that we should seek help to alleviate our discomforts. Holistic healing is not an “alternative” to conventional medical care. Sometimes going to a medical professional is the best solution to addressing a dis-ease.

Physical illnesses are the symptoms of a greater imbalance that may or may not have a root cause in the physical.

Holistic or “wholistic” healing addresses all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are most apparent. Holistic healing is not intended to serve as a band-aid or a one time fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers and ultimately; living better, being healthier, and striving for wholeness.

HOLISTIC HEALING GOES BEYOND THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION:

Holistic healing is really a lifestyle approach. The holistic approach goes far beyond the Mind-Body connection of finding and maintaining wellness. Overall wellness AND “wholeness” is highly valued. All parts of a person’s life (physical healing, mental health and wellness, emotional well-being, and spiritual beliefs and values) are considered. Taking a holistic approach involves seeking the tools that will help us attract our desires and find personal power.

A person who embraces the desire to find wholeness within his own being soon learns the importance of tending to relationships, caring for the planet and our environments, having compassion for humankind in general, and accepting and tolerating differences among a diverse population of people.

ROLE OF THE HOLISTIC HEALER:

The holistic healer recognizes that our discomforts or pains are merely symptoms of an imbalance. The imbalance could be a physical issue, the result of abusing the physical body

English: Family Development Program (FDP) is a...

English: Family Development Program (FDP) is a holistic approach of improving the nutrition and health condition of families through the recognition of each and everyone’s responsibility to themselves, their families and community. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

through an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or too little sleep. Or, the imbalance may be the result of mental, emotional, or spiritual needs not being met. No aspect (mind, body, spirit, or emotions) of a person is overlooked when an holistic treatment is sought.

The holistic healer looks at the “whole person” in order to make his or her complete evaluation and uses all information gathered before suggested treatments to the client are offered. Keep in mind, not all holistic healers are equal, each has his or her own specialty or expertise to offer. It will benefit you to shop around for a good fit. Choosing to go to a holistic healer is no different from choosing a medical professional. You decide.

TYPES OF HOLISTIC HEALING THERAPIES AND TREATMENTS:

HOLISTIC HEALING REFERENCE LIBRARY:

Recommended GO TO reference books for gathering information on a variety of healing modalities, available treatments/remedies, possible causes of illness, and holistic healing knowledge in general.

DEFINITION OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Alternative Medicine is a term used when therapies are presented as an option to conventional or Western medical treatments.

DEFINITION OF COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

Complementary Medicine is a term used when therapies are being used in conjunction with conventional or Western medical treatments.

The Holistic Approach of Alternative Medicine ...

The Holistic Approach of Alternative Medicine symbolized by the aura of man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DEFINITION OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Integrative Medicine was the new “buzz” term first used primarily by mainstreamers in the 1990s. This was a time when more medical professionals were opening their eyes to the Mind-Body connection. Alternative therapies were no longer being judged as quackery or far-afield from acceptable. Some therapies were being integrated into the mainstream. Massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation and visualization, and chiropractic medicine were among the first therapies to be integrated into established medical care programs.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a comment

Filed under Holistic Healing