In holistic wellness, disease is seen as arising from dysfunctional patterns within our personal system (body, mind, spirit, emotions, relationships, vocation and environment.) Therefore, it is not enough to focus holistic treatment on getting rid of the symptoms. Rather the need is to get the system flowing in sync again. Holistic treatments that address the whole system or several systems, heal the whole person and not simply remove the symptoms.
Look at symptoms as messengers from the self warning of a deeper problem. Killing the messenger will not change the message. Changing your relationship with yourself and the world is healing, may lead to cure from the disease, and will enhance wellbeing.
Holistic treatment relies as much on the world-view of the practitioner as on the treatment itself. If she sees healing as coming only from outside causes such as improved nutrition, better posture, or sufficient exercise, then her treatment will not be holistic treatment. If, however, he sees healing as systemic and involving all dimensions—starting within and moving outward through the energetic and physical levels–then his treatment is likely holistic. Look for practitioners who do a through assessment and provide a coordinated treatment plan for all your problems.
Most chronic diseases develop over a long period so require high level approaches. Setting a healing intentionis important as a start to addressing the spiritual level. Then a constitutional approach (e.g. homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine), a powerful holistic treatment that can promote healing of the whole person system, should be considered.
Another option is to choose a form of energy healing like acupuncture or qi gong. Again depending on the practitioner, this can work at a systemic level. With both these types of therapy it is important to check that the practitioner is working on affecting your whole system and not just controlling symptoms.
The above treatments will be enhanced by simultaneously reprogramming the subconscious mind through the use of a mind-body holistic treatment such as meditation, hypnotherapy or imagery. A counselor, psychotherapist or coach may be helpful when you have relationship problems or difficulties with your emotions.
Other holistic treatment choices to add to those above will depend on the particular physical problem you have. It is always desirable to support and enhance the body’s healing and prevent further problems through good nutrition (including supplements) and regular exercise. If you have a muscular-skeletal problem then some kind of physical manipulation, such as osteopathy or chiropractic, to align the body will likely help.
Drugs and surgery may be part of an holistic treatment plan, but should not be the only treatments, nor (in most cases) the first tried. If you are taking prescription drugs, don’t stop or reduce the dose without first discussing it with your medical doctor.
Determining the best holistic treatment or treatments for you will help you take back your power over your own health and wellbeing. Taking an active role in your care, monitoring your progress, changing a holistic treatment or practitioner when there is little or no progress, and learning how to manage your own condition will help you develop confidence and skills that will enhance many areas of your life besides your physical health.
Information from this post was drawn from Getting Whole, Getting Well: Healing Holistically from Chronic Illness
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