You have to stand outside the box to see how the box can be re-designed. ~ Charles Handy
I made a personal decision many moons ago that in my life, traditional western medicine was my absolute last resort in any sickness. I felt that the only thing traditional Western medical doctors were good for was putting me back together in the event of an accident.
I understood early on that traditional Western doctors focus on treating symptoms instead of addressing the underlying reason that these symptoms were being produced. This means you can most likely go to 4 different “kinds” of doctors to figure out what ONE symptom meant in your body.
I have always had a healthy respect for the body’s ability to heal itself, if given the right tools to do so. So that means I would rather go to a professional who deals with the WHOLE body, rather than just the symptom.
As a coach, I have been surprised more than a few times in the lack of information that clients (and members of the HTA site) have in “wholistic” medicine.
What is Wholistic Medicine?
First, a rather mundane point … is it (W)HOLISTIC or is it HOLISTIC? It’s a pet peeve of mine. And I am only reminded of it because as I write this document, the spell checker wants me to change the word wholistic to holistic. And I don’t want to. WHOLE means everything, whereas HOLE means an empty void. Treating the body as a WHOLE then would be WHOLISTIC medicine.
Here is the best definition I found for Wholistic Medicine:
Wholistic Health is actually an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being, where everything functions the very best that is possible. With Wholistic Health people accept responsibility for their own level of well-being, and everyday choices are used to take charge of one’s own health.
When you put your sights on using a wholistic doctor, you are making a firm resolve to accept the responsibility of your own self-care. This requires massive dedication to your intention of general well-being.
Examples of Wholistic Medicine
There are many avenues of wholistic medicine, and you can choose to concentrate on one for your general health. However, as with everything else in our lives, we are individuals, so one sort of wholistic doctor might not work for all of us. I recommend searching until we land on a doctor who does work.
The trick is to first discover what is available so that you can make an informed decision.
Naturopathic Medicine – Their belief is that the human body has an innate healing ability. They view the patient as a complex interrelated system (a whole person) and not just a clogged artery or a tumor. They blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to treat disease and restore health.
Acupuncture Medicine – Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.
Chiropractic Medicine – Chiropractic doctors are health care professions who focus on the relationship between the body’s structure (mainly the spine) and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Iridology Medicine – Iridology is the scientific practice that involves correlating the markings and patterns of the iris to reflex manifestations and bodily malfunctions among the many organs of the body. By studying the eye, doctors can discover a patient’s overall degree of health, as well as his or her apparent inherent weaknesses. In this alternative medicine technique, the eye is perceived as the gateway to the body, whereby its condition reflects the overall condition of the patient.
Reflexology Medicine – Reflexologists work from maps of predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet. These pressure points are reputed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. The reflexologist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location.
Homeopathic Medicine – The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, which means similar, and pathos, which means suffering or disease. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted substances.
This is but a small handful of alternative practices available. I choose to stay specifically with the whole body experience; however, there are other alternative practices that focus more on the energy field (more for emotional and mental health, such as Resonance re-patterning and Reiki), and others still that focus just on the body’s health (massage). There is even a practice that incorporates the mind, body and spirit (yoga), but isn’t really related to medicine.
It’s important to remember that when you dealing with wholistic medicine, you don’t generally see results immediately. Going to a traditional medical doctor you will receive a pill that will alleviate the pain or illness almost in an instant; however, that will never get to the root of the issue and you might experience relapses (Anyone besides me deal with a yearlong infection, even with antibiotics?) Alternative Medicine will work on the root of the issue to get you truly well from the inside out.
Isn’t that what we are doing with The hCG Protocol? Working from the INSIDE out? Our bodies will only run at optimal performance if we give it the chance by letting it work together as a system.
Stay dedicated to your health. Your nutrition is a huge part of that picture, but only a part. Do yourself a favor and consider finding a good alternative health practitioner in your area.
Great article! I practice many of the wholistic approaches you mention and overall I am much healthier because of it. I wish more people would try it instead of taking the quick pill fix that just masks and causes more health issues.
No kidding right? You and me both sister! Thanks for stopping by, can I just say MISS YOU MUCH!