By Meliza Marzett | 03/05/2019

Holistic Healing Guide for Mind, Body, and Spirit

Holistic Healing Guide for Mind, Body, and Spirit

I will start with holistic medicine, which appeared in China, about 5 thousand years ago. It takes into account all internal and external factors affecting the work of our body. The basis of this medicine is an increase in the potential of human health, and the disease is interpreted here as an event resulting from the loss of inner harmony and balance of the spirit.

The main types of holistic medicine are:

  • Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of human life in harmony with nature and considered one of the oldest healing sciences. It divides all people into three types (dosha, vital energies): Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Depending on the physical and mental characteristics of each type, a prescribed diet and drugs, and specific changes are made in the patient's lifestyle.
  • Acupuncture effects on human systems with the help of special needles put in acupuncture points that stimulate the body's internal energy, or “Qi” (pronounced chee), and restore its natural flow so the body can function normally.
  • Homeopathy is a method of treating a disease, consisting of the use of individual (homeopathic) drugs that cause the signs and symptoms of this disease. It is based on 3 principles: Like cures like, the minimum dose, the single remedy (one remedy at a time).
  • Osteopathy is therapeutic methods aimed at restoring the mobility of the spine and joints, relaxation of the surrounding muscular tissues. It consists of manual action on the body to release specific structures of the organismic system from functional blocks.
  • Herbal remedies are derived from plants and take a variety of forms including: extracts, pills, ointments, decoctions and pills and are the world's most traditional way to treat disease. The occurrence of medical phytotherapy dates back to the civilization of Sumerians (indigenous non-Semitic people of ancient Babylonia, 3000 BC)
  • Aromatherapy is a technique using essential oils and phytoncides extracted from different plants and trees on the skin, or inhaling.
  • Reflexology is a method, which have an impact on the nerve terminals on feet to treat associated organs.

The holistic medicine fields also include various kinds of a therapy and bodywork such as: massage, hot stones, qigong, Su-Jok, pilates, yoga, and so on.

We are brought up in a society where the common belief is that the healthcare system should be responsible for protecting our health and our community. That is, we have consciously shifted all responsibility to the doctors. When we have something sore, we immediately run to them and start taking a mountain of prescribed medications. It is our usual way of caring for our health.

The multidimensional approach involves using holistic medicine but does not focus only on them. I like this idea. After all, the drug is not everything. This approach lies in the fact that our health is not only good physical health, normal blood pressure, the absence of chronic ailments and so on. Holistic health speaks about the person as a whole and the balance of all spheres of life.

In the book, Cleansing Made Simple, Cheryl Townsley describes health as a combination of:

  • good appetite and digestion
  • healthy intestines
  • healthy eyes, shiny hair, and radiant skin
  • flexible body and stable emotions
  • good memory and clear thinking
  • no anxiety or depression
  • ability to enjoy your work
  • the ability to relax and unwind
  • availability of energy for all necessary activities during the day
  • excellent communication skills to express your innermost thoughts and feelings
  • good sense of humor
  • respect for yourself and others

Thus, holistic health is the health of body, mind, and spirit. If you and I look at ourselves that way, then we will realize that our holistic health depends not only on the state and well-being of our physical body but also on other aspects:

  • relationships with people around us
  • a career that will motivate and inspire to achieve new goals
  • proper nutrition
  • physical activity that will keep your body active
  • spirituality
  • favorable, benevolent, sincere and homely atmosphere
  • and that is not all.

The difference in this approach is that it requires us to take responsibility for our own health and not put that responsibility on doctors. It means that we need to learn how to listen to our body and mind and recognize the signals that they send us. Since not everyone can do this on their own. Coaches such as health coaches can come to the rescue and help you get on the path to achieving holistic health.

About the author

Melisa Marzett has a curious mind and a passion for writing, which is why it is what she does for life. Working as a freelance writer for http://onlineclassmentor.com/, she has an opportunity to travel and gain experience let alone knowledge and skills.

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