It's more effective and sustainable than you may believe
Almost makes you think of a Hippie or a New Ager doesn't it? Some even say it makes them think of a snake oil salesmen. But the truth is very far from the fantasy or the stories we've been sold. The truth, is eye opening. And once you go through this doorway into the world of understanding wholism, you may never be able to return to your old way of thinking again. Because you can't unlearn something you have taken the time to learn. Wholistic health care is the understanding that we are more than just individual running parts of a physical body and is a centuries old way of thinking about health. It's not just "new age thinking". In fact, there is a lot of solid scientific research and evidence that backs up what various cultures have known for centuries. Western medicine is much a much younger science than the school of wholistic and natural medicine, and was created for a much different purpose.
There is a place for both. One is best for our long term care and maintenance of health and the other is best for emergencies or critical care. However once the initial emergency is over, its necessary to look beyond the diagnosis and go deeper. Its important to identify the cause on a level that goes beyond just the physical body. A level that looks at the whole person. Physical, mental, emotional, lifestyle, and spiritual. The body is not a metal machine. Yes, there are similarities, but we are so much more complex. Our body is part of an intricate innately intelligent system that also encompasses the mind, as well as our emotions and an energy body. And when you really break it down, we are an organic energy being that is made up of the very same elements as the earth itself.
We are, in reality, Mother Earth's Child.
Our bones are made of many of the same minerals found in the Earth's soil. Our bodies are mostly water and if you have ever tasted your tears, know that they taste salty like the sea. Our breath shares the same air as the singing birds, or the deer and receives the oxygen from the trees, while at the same time, they take in our carbon dioxide. It's a symbiotic relationship. The rays of the sun are warm and can burn, just like metabolism in our gut or passion in our heart. And everything is energy. Even our thoughts. Just ask your favorite quantum physicist. The important thing to remember here, is that we are a microcosm of the macrocosm. A small universe that exists within a larger universe. We are always organic, whole and complete, and we are more than the sum of our individual parts- no matter what others may tell you.
Wholistic medicine has been around since the early development of humankind. Early practices in health and healing were deeply rooted in both culture and religion. Often noting that an educated priest/shaman would often practice medicine as well. The belief was no that there was no separation between mind, body and spirit. The understanding was that health was the balance within the qualities of the elements that exist within each of us in various forms- earth, water, air, fire. Although each culture over the centuries developed methods, there is one belief they all shared: The bodymind was (and is) part of nature. So whatever we do to Mother Earth, we inadvertently do to ourselves. The more fake, laboratory created foods we consume, the more it negatively affects our system in the same way industrial waste released in the water ways chokes the life out of all living creatures that depend on clean water for survival.
You don't have to believe me or take my word for it either. Just observe the world around you, test out this theory in your own body. Eat only food produced by Mother Earth for a week and notice what shifts. I myself have discovered that by doing this, I can minimize the effects of the TBI/PTSD that I struggle with when I eat processed food. Because Mother Earth's foods are filled with the life force energy of the sun, the air, the water and the minerals of the earth. This doesn't mean I give up my cookies or my chocolate cake. It does mean that I'm not buying it premade in a box. And following a recipe to cook a yummy treat or a meal is actually good therapy for a TBI patient! I started with a very simple bread recipe myself. Bread is my comfort food. I just LOOOOVE bread and during my initial healing months, Baking bread was extremely therapeutic for me.
When we look at the bodymind as an interconnected, intricate and highly intelligent system instead of individual parts of a machine, healing can occur at the deepest levels and throughout the entire system: body, mind, emotions, spirit.
Wholistic Healing or what some doctors are now calling Integrative Medicine (although you have to be careful as I've discovered some are not really wholistic and are only using the term for marketing), may offer aromatherapy, music therapy, homeopathy, orthomolecular medicine (specific supplemental therapy at high dosages), crystals, chakra therapy, Ayurveda, energy work such as Healing Touch, Jin Shin Jyutsu or Reiki, Yoga, Acupuncture and more. And the doctor (if he/she is anything like our wholisitic MD) will spend more than 5 minutes with you. They take the time to get to know you as an individual and if they don't know the answer, will find it to help serve you better. I know this because I have a Doctorate in Natural Health. I acquired in in my own journey of healing over twenty years ago when I was struggling with generalized anxiety.
My current wholistic medical doctor and I have an excellent relationship, but I don't think it's because I have a doctorate in natural health or because I am a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher who also teaches yoga or any of my other credentials. It's because he genuinely cares and because we speak the same language of natural, whole health. And everyone should have that kind of relationship with their medical team. After all, they work for YOU.
The beauty of working with someone who sees you as a valuable individual, is that you begin to see yourself that way too. You begin to understand that your whole being is just that, whole. You aren't broken. No matter what the body may function as, you are always whole. And that in itself is healing.
Information contained within this site does not take the place of professional medical care. It is for educational purposes only and created with the intention of offering support and empowerment to women struggling to find wholistic and natural answers to their challenges. Every individual is responsible for their own actions, choices and behavior.