“A lot of the pain that we are dealing with are really only thoughts.”-Anonymous-
You are most likely here because holistic treatment has piqued your interest, and you seek an entry point into the diverse methodologies and practices within holistic therapy. Despair not, dear readers! For today, we shall dive into the world of alternative medicine and take a thorough look at all the benefits it carries. Let us start with the basics.
What is Holistic Therapy?
Holistic therapy — as the name suggests — is all about looking at the bigger picture. Instead of labeling someone as sick or physically/mentally unwell, holistic practices tend to regard individuals in question as a whole body and address them in terms of their overall condition.
It pertains to the state of mind, body, and soul as fragments that form a complete individual when placed together. This line of thought has been in practice since the late 1960s.
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Why Holistic Therapy?
Not only is holistic therapy effective for any persistent ailment or upset one might be experiencing, but it is also beneficial beyond words in the long run. The simple explanation for this is that alternative medicine does not have the adverse effects some traditional and mass-produced drugs might bring with them.
In turn, people who have been practicing holistic therapy do not suffer from those problems. Another edge the holistic approach to medicine has is that it focuses on an individual’s well-being in its entirety. The individuals tend to understand themselves better and fall in sync with the body, leading to a significant boost in self-esteem and general confidence. Therefore, people tend to be healthier, happier, and more active, even in aging.
Types of Holistic Therapy
The world of holistic medical practices is an exceptionally diverse one.
While some practitioners may elate their clients by offering a plethora of techniques and treatments molded to their specific needs, it is not uncommon for holistic practitioners to specialize and excel in only one form of therapy. Today, 50% of the world’s population indulges in some form of holistic treatment. I have had the benefit of experiencing some of the most popular types of holistic therapy.
And would encourage you to experiment with what works best for you. You can learn more about the different types of Holistic here.
Aromatherapy uses nasal stimulation to help relieve stress and relax the entire body. Aromatherapy can play a hand in curing insomnia, depression, loss of appetite, and various other physical and mental conditions.
How it works: Aromatherapy works by acting on the receptors responsible for our sense of smell. These receptors in our nose then send signals through our channel of nerves to our limbic system. The limbic system is the defined portion of the brain, which controls emotions and emotional responses. Essential oils create the stimulation that results in the entire body’s easing up and several other benefits mentioned above. The sensation is one that cannot be imitated by any traditional medicine.
Some of the best safe essential oil options for aromatherapy include peppermint, lavender, and jasmine.
· Healing Herbs
Holistic herbalism refers to the use of beneficial herbs in holistic therapy. While plants have been used for centuries by medical practitioners to manufacture traditional medicine in pharmaceuticals, 15% of drugs derive from plants. Several such plants also contain properties useful in alternative medicine. Holistic herbalism has the primary focus on helping out an individual irrespective of any disease they might have by improving and positively altering their diet, lifestyle, and other factors.
How it works: Whereas conventional medicine exposes the human body to strong chemicals indifferent to the individual, holistic herbalism concerns itself with the benefits a complete body can reap from the remarkable properties the herbs contain. Herbs recommended to people are catered towards the requirements of their bodies. Herbs are safe to use in proportion, as suggested by the herbalist, and carry no side effects. They can target several issues at once while improving the overall quality of life. Some herbalists strive to model advanced treatments for their clients, while others base their skills and knowledge. People tend to choose the practitioner suitable for them.
Some popular medicinal herbs include rosemary, ginger, chamomile, and lavender.
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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that started around 100 BC. It is a form of alternative medicine used to treat pain in several body regions. However, research shows that acupuncture has helped people dealing with stress, depression, and acceptance issues. It is no wonder acupuncture has managed to remain relevant, even in today’s day and age!
How it works: Thin, sterile needles are inserted into the person’s body. Before you readers run away just thinking about it, I would like to elucidate that acupuncture does not hurt! You might experience some pressure your first time, but that is mostly due to energy pathways opened up for the first time. The goal here is to unblock your energy channels while alleviating any pain you might be feeling. It balances the energy flow of the entire body and makes one feel better indefinitely.
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· Guided Imagery
This practice has been around since ancient Greek times. Guided imagery strives to help individuals find their happy place while simultaneously triggering their visual, aural, and nasal receptors. All in all, guided imagery is known to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. People who undergo this tend to come out happier and have a more positive outlook on life.
How it works: Guided imagery — as the name suggests — is the practice of visualizing a peaceful scene with an external source guiding you. This source can be another person, an audio recording, or even just a set of written instructions. Then, you imagine the scenario and try to focus in on the details. For example, if one is envisioning a calm winter night, how cold is it? Is there a breeze? What does the sky look like; clear or starry? And so on.
Doing so allows for some special ‘you’ time, and you come out feeling better. When done correctly, one experiences the scene as if in real-time. Gradually, the mind returns to the actual world and shares the peaceful transfer from this smooth utopia for theirs. It is genuinely a great practice.
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· Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation
Diverse in their rights, yoga, and mindfulness meditation aim to provide similar benefits: tranquility, appreciation, and awareness. These are some of the most common holistic practices out there today. The services they bring are extraordinary. People who practice these are confident, healthy, and content with how life goes for them.
It works: Yoga is all about being restoring balance regarding the physical and metaphysical plane of an individual, achieving balance through a set of physical and spiritual exercises that include breath regulation, meditation, chanting mantras, and the like.
Meanwhile, mindfulness meditation is about being present in the moment and appreciating the beauty of life around us. It is different from regular meditation as it aims to make one self-aware and aware of one’s surroundings.
Practicing both of these will majorly improve one’s perception of everyday life, and some may be surprised to find how appreciative one becomes of things they once ignored or took for granted.
That sums it up for this piece. We hope you learned something new for this. The diversity of holistic practices might seem a bit daunting at first but always remember that even the most difficult tasks are just improbable possibilities.
“Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease but positively feeling good in the whole of our being, and therefore includes lifestyle, mental attitude, and ways of relating to all living beings and nature.”-Peter Shepherd-