Healing the body in a new way!
Holistic medicine is…
- a system of alternative medicine
- addresses the whole person
- requires active involvement by patient in healing process
- an integral part of a healthy lifestyle that focuses on natural balance for healing of the body, mind, and spirit…
“Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health and to prevent and treat disease. “, as defined by the American Board of Holistic Medicine (ABHM) and American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA).
… body, mind, and spirit…
What we feed our body is of the utmost importance in supporting our body systems for the best health possible – this is where holistic nutrition will be the key. Our body was created for homeostasis or a natural tendency toward equilibrium. This natural balance in our body is the key to good health and an integral component of holistic medicine.
Now for the sad truth – most of us (and we know it) are not eating to support our body in the way we should. But it is not too late to make the necessary positive changes! It is my hope that you ‘get this’ and are ready to take that important step toward better health for you and your family. We will discuss holistic nutrition in more depth here.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. – William James (1842-1910)
History has shown that there is a connection between the mind and reactions within our body. Think about how you react while watching a horror movie – your heart starts racing, you are beginning to tremble, your breathing is getting heavy, etc.
At just a suggestion of food, you begin salivating. At just the thought of standing on the edge of a cliff, you are feeling the thrill or terror of it!
If you really put your mind to it (pun intended) you can use your mind to bring about physiological and neurological changes.
I don’t know about you, but I find the mind to be such an amazing thing! I have recently finished reading an amazing book, My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. She was a Harvard-trained brain scientist when – on December 10, 1996 – she suffered a massive stroke at the age of only 37 years old.
She lost the entire left hemisphere of her brain and literally observed – as a scientist – all of the changes occurring in her body, mind, and spirit over the course of four hours. She shares her exciting ‘Insight’ into the human brain and the amazing ability for any of us to tap into our ‘right brain’, the right hemisphere of our brain. By doing so, one is able to discover feelings of well-being that have been obscured by the ‘brain chatter’ of the left hemisphere. We will delve deeper into discussion of the mind at another time.
“Regardless of your position along the wholistic spectrum, if you can conceive of connections between spirit, mind, emotions and body, many more interventions open up for addressing physical problems.”, as stated by Daniel J. Benor, M.D.
Wellness of the spirit is an integral part of a balanced life. This involves having a connection with a sense of meaning and purpose in your life and is a very personal journey.
Holistic medicine fosters a respectful relationship between physician and patient; it focuses on active patient involvement in education and the healing process. Illness is not viewed as an isolated event in a person’s life, but rather it is viewed as a manifestation of dysfunction of the whole person. A holistic approach will take a look at the imbalance and work toward restoring this balance for the body, but is not a ‘quick fix’. This will take some time and effort, but it is well worth it!