People in general tend to view health through the eyes of current mainstream medicine. But this view is very one sided and is fraught with myths and inaccuracies. So what is holistic medicine? What’s the difference? And more importantly, how can it help you?
First let’s look at the typical medical view, just so we can draw comparisons. Medicine looks upon the body as faulty. They feel they can repair these faults with surgery and drugs. Mostly, doctors, vets and other medical personnel are not taught about causes of ill health. Instead, they are taught to diagnose a condition.
Once a condition is diagnosed, whether rightly or wrongly, that person tends to retain the label, particularly if the condition is chronic.
However, labels are simply used because then it is easy, and quick, for the doctor/vet to decide on the treatment.
Although the treatment can appear to improve the condition, it doesn’t do so because it is curing the problem. It does it because it is suppressing the symptom, if you like, it is subjugating the body. The body is now dealing with the treatment. You have doubled the load for your system.
In addition to this, if you have more than one problem, you tend to be given multiple treatments or drugs, from different ‘specialists’. None of these specialists seem to know, or care, about the interaction of the drugs. It’s as if you are more like a car, with different systems which have no connection or interaction with each other.
In a nutshell, medicine manages disease, rather than improves health.
With holistic medicine, you are considered as a unit, a whole person with interacting systems that cooperate with each other. Not only that, but consideration is also taken of your interaction with your environment as well as the way you see the world. There are no specialists in holistic healing, because this is dangerous and fraught with problems.
There are a variety of different holistic health care disciplines. As a homeopath, this is the one I know best. I also believe it is has the most far reaching and deeply acting abilities of any health care system, but them I am biased!
The holistic approach to health isn’t just about the treatment. It is also about the cause. For example, one person with high blood pressure is likely to have a very different cause than another.
Holistic treatment does not consider you to be faulty, either. We believe that everyone is already perfect, but that life circumstances have changed that perfection. We believe that the body is trying its best to return you to good health, but something is stopping it. All we need to do is to remove the obstacle/s so your body can now cure you.
When someone comes to see me, I not only want to know what the person considered caused it, but I also want to know that person’s unique and personal symptoms. Whilst it is common for people with arthritis to be worse in winter, it is by no means universal.
If back pain comes from an earlier injury, it must be treated differently than if it came from an epidural. If your high blood pressure is because you are eating badly, why would you take a medicine to lower it artificially, but continue to eat badly? It makes no sense.
I also want to know food any cravings and aversions, as well as the diet. And how you see your world, what upsets you or makes you angry. What fears or phobias you have. What you most enjoy doing. All this makes up you. I need to ‘wear your shoes’ long enough to see your world through your eyes. To understand you. Only then can I make a choice of remedy, that is aimed at bringing the whole of you back into that perfection.
In a nutshell holistic medicine, in particular homeopathy, supports your immune system, supports your body’s attempts to heal itself and returns you to vibrant health.
The holistic approach to healing considers the whole of you and how life impacts on you. You are a complex being and so should be treated with that consideration in mind.
In appreciating what holistic medicine is, you are giving your body much more value and respect. This can only lead to a longer, healthier life.