What do you think the definition of holistic medicine is? I believe many people would ask because the vast majority of people understand medicines as a remedy to illness and diseases. The holistic remedies in short are outlined by the CHMA (Canadian Holistic Medical Association) as a health care unit, which cooperates in relation to all involved, and directives towards optimization of attainment that covers mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social health. Emphasis is also placed on the testing of physiological, nutrients, ecological, lifestyle values and includes spiritual and emotional health. To put it simply, it is a system of drugs that encourage or inspires intellect, spirituality, emotional and mental health and overall sound body and mind.
There are actually three type of medication systems currently. From a holistic view, they are:
- Alternative Medicine,
- Complementary Medicine,
- Natural Healing
In the perspective of medical practitioners as well as the general public, alternative medicine exemplifies health care techniques or methods that are generally not well received and frequently doubted. Some examples of holistic treatments include, Herbs, Acupuncture, or treatment with needles, Homeopathy, (Contemporary disease treatment system) Reiki and many more.
Techniques that are not conventionally received and perceived will be considered to be in this category. Although, it is perceived by some that conventional western medicine is the most effective of all, but it may not be entirely true. Because herbs and acupuncture origin from China where these techniques and medicines have been applied as their conventional medicine for many years, It is really hard to define which is conventional and which is alternative, it all actually depends on the cultural and historical background of the people In that region or country. However, the classification of alternative medicine can be changed to conventional medicine when the vast majority of the general public accept and no longer doubt this techniques or medicines any more.
Traditional medicinal practitioners often used complementary medicine as an aid, which are non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive methods to complement their traditional medicinal treatments. Some examples of such complementary medicine are Imaging, Biofeedback, Change of Lifestyle Program, hobbies and many more. It is concluded that such medication techniques are safer as compared to the conventional invasive and pharmaceutical techniques as it does not involve surgery which is a consist of certain level of risks and drugs which may lead to temporary side effects. In a Holistic Healing Plan, conventional techniques may not be needed at all but in some of such plans, it's a chief segment of the process. It is situational and based on a number of medical considerations.
Last, is natural healing. A technique similar to complementary medicine which does not entail use of invasive, non-invasive and pharmaceutical methods to help the patients. Physical touch has been used in medicine or similar process since the early days of medical care. Healing by touch is primarily based on the idea that the illness, affected area or particular injury located in one area of the human body can negatively affect the rest of the body. With appropriate manual manipulation, it can be cured and brought back to optimum health. Examples of natural healing techniques are: Massage, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Laying of the Hands. Such physical techniques require strict discipline in order to follow through the healing process. The process can be longer long and tiring but it has been proven that it is a safe way to recover from injury or illness as compared to surgery and drugs which involve high levels of risks.
Therefore, it has been proven that illness or injury can be effectively cured using natural methods and not only surgery and drugs. There are other techniques and medication that are able to improve physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values which ultimately attain total cure and attain optimum health.