What is The Meaning of Holistic Health?

Using the Holistic Approach

When someone uses the holistic approach, they are trying to heal themselves for their emotions, body, mind and spirit.  The holistic approach teaches us that we can reach proper balance if we can balance ourselves correctly.  For instance, if you eat healthy, but have a poor emotional state, you are not in balance.  Even reiki will teach you that.  If your Ki (spiritual self) is not in balance, you cannot achieve ultimate health because something will be out of “whack” within you. 

A holistic practitioner has the philosophy that the person has an abundance of parts to their entire physical person.  If one of these parts is out of balance, then it needs to be fixed.  Holistic practitioners will often use various styles of treatment for ailments.  They will often use:

  • Traditional Medicine
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Reiki
  • Massage Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

When a person has an ailment, the holistic health approach is often to see what the underlying cause is to the person. For instance, if the person is having back problems, the holistic doctor may investigate this situation and see if the person is overweight or lifting something heavy at work.  Instead of just sending the person out with a prescription for medication, they will take the time to see what the root cause of the problem is. Holistic doctors will often spend more time with the patient to see what they can do to prevent he problem from happening again.

The holistic approach teaches us that the man or woman is ultimately responsible for their own health.  If the person is having fast food every night, the holistic doctor may recommend that they eat a better diet.  They will often encourage their patient to see that they can stop the problems that they may be having through healthy living. 

The holistic approach teaches us that love is the center of all that we are. When we receive support from family and friends, it helps us to get better. Love is a powerful tool that many people have forgotten about.  In today’s world, it’s important to have supportive people around you that care for you. 

What is Often Involved in Holistic Medicine:

  1. Meeting with a spiritual adviser.
  2. Seeing a traditional medical doctor.
  3. Physical Exercise and proper diet.
  4. Romance therapy/counseling/psychologist.
  5. Massage Therapy.
  6. Acupuncture
  7. Chiropractor
  8. Homeopathy
  9. Meeting with a surgeon.

What Are Holistic Providers?

  • Homeopathic Doctors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Chiropractor
  • Osteopathy Doctors
  • Naturopathic Doctors

Where Can I Find a Holistic Health Doctor in My Area?

Go to the American Holistic Medical Association site for help.  You can read about the holistic approach and how holistic medicine works as well. 

In many communities, you have people that already go to holistic doctors for help.  There are many groups and organizations in your area that use the holistic approach. It’s important that you check with them to see who they recommend as being the best holistic doctors.  Read reviews online about which doctors’ people are giving 5 stars to and which ones are getting the 1 star.

It’s important to check with your home state to see what the requirements are for someone to be a holistic doctor.  What certifications they should have before working with them.  Are they board certified in holistic medicine or not?  Don’t just take their word for it. Most holistic doctors are proud to display their credentials on the wall when you first meet with them.

Most men and women use the holistic approach because they also believe that full healing within the body begins with balancing your whole self.  A woman by the name of Kris Carr used the holistic style of healing for her diagnosed stage 4 cancer that was incurable.  She combined healthy eating with exercise to prevent herself from dying.  Kris was told that she did not have long to live. However, the holistic approach has her still alive 16 years later.  She was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Kris Carr still has cancer, but she is also still alive 16 years later. This is a remarkable story for anyone that is trying to use the holistic approach.  There is a documentary on her life that you can watch called, “Crazy Sexy Cancer” and she has written several books:

  • Crazy Sexy Diet
  • Crazy Sexy Juice
  • Crazy Sexy Kitchen
  • Crazy Sexy Survivor

Kris Carr is an inspiration to thousands of people from around the world of what can happen if you choose to have a healthier way of living. Not everyone will get the same results as she did. However, the holistic approach might be right for you to start looking into. 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

One popular form of treatment for many ailments in holistic health is acupuncture treatments.  It is considered an alternative medicine.  It is connected to Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine often uses herbs for healing and different styles of massage as well.

A person will get needles stuck in them when they are having acupuncture. The needles don’t hurt in the way that one would hurt that you get in a hospital for drawing blood.  There is no concrete scientific evidence that acupuncture even works. 

However, it is used in many countries around the world and people that have received acupuncture do say that it works.  There are many philosophies and techniques that thought about acupuncture. 

People often use acupuncture with other treatments as well. It is best to discuss with your doctor if acupuncture is right for you.  There have been studies on acupuncture, and they all say that acupuncture is ineffective. However, you need to decide on your own whether it works for you or not.

The needles used in acupuncture are thin. They are put at specific points on your body. The acupuncturist will often ask you if you have any part of your body that is in pain. If you say that you are suffering from headaches, they may put them in your head. 

Acupuncture is usually used for treating pain. Many people that have back pain say that acupuncture relieves them of a lot of pain in their back.  It can be hard to live with pain. 

It is used for overall pain within the body.  Holistic medicine likes to treat the entire body, and therefore acupuncture works hand and hand with the process.  Chinese medicine teaches us that we all have energy flowing through us and acupuncture helps to balance us.  This is refereed to as being chi energy.  As each point of your body gets helped, your chi energy flows better, and you can have less pain.

Why Do People Get Acupuncture Treatments?

  • Pain
  • Back problems
  • Neck ailments
  • Pregnancy Issues
  • Cramps
  • Cramping
  • Respiratory Issues

Before using an acupuncturist, make sure that they are certified.  They should have received proper training. Check with your home state to see if there are any regulations and licenses that a person needs to have that is an acupuncturist. 

In most treatments, there are between 10 and 25 needles used.  The needles are often not painful when they are put in because they are extremely thin, and most people don’t feel discomfort.

If your acupuncturist is twisting the needles at some point, its not because they are trying to hurt you. They do this in order to create heat.  Heat has been known to relax muscles. Therefore, you often go into your local drug store and purchase heat pads.  

An acupuncture treatment often lasts for around 20 minutes. You are often laying flat on a massage table. The acupuncturist will most likely put on some soothing music for you and tell you to sit still for around 20 minutes and then they will come back and check on you.

If acupuncture doesn’t work for you, there are many other remedies that you can use to help relieve pain.  It is important to discuss with your holistic practitioner what is working for you and what is not. 

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is like holistic health.  It believes that the body can heal itself.  Homeopathic medicine uses plants for healing.  This method of healing believes that plants help to heal the body from different ailments. 

Homeopathy originated in Germany during the 1700’s. This method of healing is popular in Germany but has not been as popular in the United States. Many people regard homeopathy as modern day “quackery” or “not effective for ailments”.  

It teaches that healthy eating will cause healing to begin throughout the body.  It often uses plants such as: wheat grass, sunflower and pea sprouts, buckwheat and broccoli sprouts. 

There are many books written on different plants being effective for different ailments.  One remedy would be to take a spoonful of honey if you are having a stomachache.  It is believed that honey helps with digestion. 

Homeopathic doctors try to dilute their remedies as much as possible. It is believed that you don’t need a lot of a natural substance to treat an ailment.  They may suggest that you have an once ounce shot of wheat grass if you want to have more energy throughout the day. A homeopathic doctor will often tell you that you don’t need to drive 5 ounces of wheatgrass to have the same effect.  They will try to give you the least amount in order to help you to feel better.  The object is to get the person to believe that having more doesn’t mean that you will feel better faster.

What Are Some of the Problems that Homeopathy is Used For?

  • Extreme Tiredness
  • Problems with Bowels
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Allergy
  • Pain
  • Pain with Tooth
  • Bruising of Skin
  • Headache

Always consult with your medical doctor before using homeopathy. Remember that your doctor is someone that is your go to person for any type of medical problem that you are having. 

Homeopathic doctors believe in strengthening the immune system.  It is believed that if you can have a healthy immune system, then you can help prevent many types of diseases from coming to you.  However, talk with your doctor if you are having problems of any kind with your health.

It is believed by many doctors that homeopathy has no effect on the body.  Many homeopathy remedies are watered down and many people say that its not effective in preventing ailments of the body.  This is something that you need to decide on your own with a medical doctor. 

The Famous Work of Holistic Approach by Dr. Sebi

Dr. Sebi lived between 1933 and 2016.  He was a pathologist, naturalist, herbalist and biochemist.  He had over 30 years of experience treating ailments using herbs that came from: Africa, North America, Caribbean, Central/South America. 

His real name was Alfredo Bowman.  Dr. Sebi was not a real doctor. However, his clients gave him this title after they found his remedies to be healing their ailments.  In many of his videos on Youtube.com, he talks about how he was able to bring healing to people that suffered from Aids, cancer, heart disease and other ailments. 

Dr. Sebi was born in Honduras and educated himself on herbs.  He learned a lot about herbs from his grandmother.  He refereed to her as “Mama Hay”.  When Dr. Sebi came to the USA, he was diagnosed with many health problems to include obesity, asthma, diabetes and impotency.  Dr. Sebi tried getting help from many western doctors in the United States. His ailments did not go away.  He decided to take matters into his own hands and try a more holistic approach. He decided to see an herbalist in Mexico.  He was able to cure all his ailments using a holistic herbal approach.  When he came back to the United States, he developed his own herbal supplements for healing the body.

Dr. Sebi was no friend to the Western style of healthcare in the United States. He was sued in court by New York City for practicing medicine without a license. However, he was acquitted after defending himself in court because New York City failed to show proof that he made any medical diagnosis.  Dr. Sebi brought in many of his clients to testify that they got healed from using his remedies.  It is believed that this defense helped him to get acquitted of the charges that were brought upon him. 

There are many skeptics about the work of Dr. Sebi and others say that he is the real deal and his remedies worked. His website is still active even though he is now deceased. 

What makes Dr. Sebi interesting is that he proved that the holistic approach can work for some people.  It’s interesting to see that a man with no formal education was able to defeat New York City in court. 

Hippocrates Health Institute Uses a Holistic Approach to Healing

In West Palm Beach, a health spa by the name of the Hippocrates Health Institute uses a holistic style of healing for people that are sick. This is a place that is worth checking out because it gives you training on how to eat healthier to boost your immune system. 

This is an entire institute in which you stay for approximately 3 weeks. During your three weeks of training, you get taught on the healthy benefits of:

  • Wheat Grass
  • Sunflower Sprouts
  • Pea Sprouts
  • Buckwheat Sprouts
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • How to grow your own sprouts at home.
  • Benefits of healthy living.

You Get Taught About:

Holistic approach to healing.

Benefits Infrared Saunas.

How to Prepare Healthy Meals.

You Get to Use:

  • Infrared Saunas
  • Swimming Pools
  • Gyms
  • Meeting with Nurses to do bloodwork.
  • Massage Therapists.
  • All Modern-Day Holistic Technologies.
  • Educational seminars given daily.

Why Do Many Holistic Practitioners Tell You to Drink Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass can be purchased in grass form in which you juice on your own at home. It is also sold in stores as a powder, pill and frozen.  It is high in antioxidants and nutrients. It is high in in vitamins E, A and C.  It has a lot of amino acids, iron, calcium and magnesium.  It is also rich in chlorophyll.  It has been shown that wheatgrass can help reduce cholesterol as well.  It has also bee known to regulate blood sugar. It has also been helpful in weight loss. 

Wheatgrass is inexpensive to grow.  A pound of organic wheatgrass seeds often costs around $4.00.  You can have it shipped to you by many suppliers around the United States. 

Benefits of Eating Sunflower Sprouts:

Sunflower sprouts are approximately 25% protein.  They contain a lot of B vitamins zinc. It contains folate.  It also has the vitamin E in it.  If you are a vegan/vegetarian, sunflower sprouts are a great source of protein.  The seeds can be grown indoors. 

What Are Herbs?

Herbs are plants that are used for therapeutic properties, flavor and scent.  Herbs are often sold in your local vitamin shop. It is said that organic herbs are best to use because they remain in their purest form.  They are often sold in teas, dried as plants, powder, capsules and extracts.  Herbs can often interfere with your medication, so its best to check with your doctor to see if you can use herbs at all. 

The #1 problem with herbs is that they are not scientifically tested like regular medicine is. They are often sold in vitamin stores with labels on them telling you what they are good for. However, this cannot be proven since they are not scientifically tested in labs. 

Celebrities that Have Used Holistic Approaches:

  • Steve Jobs
  • Farrah Fawcett
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Jenny McCarthy
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Oz
  • Princess Diana
  • Tom Cruise
  • Richard Gere
  • Russell Simmons
  • Madonna

As you can see, holistic medicine is being used around the world as an alternative treatment.  You will experience a lot of knowledge with it if you begin to study about it. It may or may not be right for you. It’s best to always check with your doctor first and then decide on how you are going to go about your healing.

Many people try to use a combination of traditional medicine with holistic medicine. This is all depends on what your ailment is and what steps your doctor wants to take with you. 

Many people say that taking long walks helps them to have a more peaceful day. It is said to relieve a lot of stress that you get from school/work and it also helps you to see that you have the power to change your life. For the most part, we all want to feel better on a day to day basis.

It is good to know that we live in a world today that has many different options. It is also nice to see how different parts of the world view medicine and different types of holistic therapies.  You will find that as you go on your journey, you will meet many men and women that have found favor with talking to people that have gone through something similar as them. It often helps you to see that you are not alone.  It helps to have friends that are going through something similar as you are going through.

Remember to try and find books and videos online about holistic health.  There are many books written today and you have access to all of them on websites like Amazon.com.

If you are looking for a free way to learn about holistic health, I suggest Googling some information on the world wide web and seeing what you find in your search. Try to keep a journal of all that you are learning. In this way, you can easily look back at all the things that you have learned and easily share it with friends and family that are interested in learning more about what you have been researching as well.  I wish you luck on your journey and want to thank you for reading this article on healthy living. 

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