Holistic Healing & Alternative Medicine

Holistic Healing & Alternative Medicine

Are you tired of getting the runaround from your modern day health consultant?  Have you been to the doctor lately and were told there is nothing wrong, but the ill-health feeling is still there?  If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, then a Holistic /Alternative Medicine approach to healthcare might be just what is needed to live a healthier life.  Are you open to that possibility?

There are many differences between AMA (American Medical Association) and Holistic Medicine or Alternative Medicine.  To name just a few, holistic/alternative medicine will look for the cause of the problem, and the AMA treats the symptoms of the problem.  Holistic/Alternative Medicine will treat the cause in a client-centered way, as explained below, and AMA treats the symptoms, not the cause, with drugs and surgery.

The practice of Holistic Medicine integrates Alternative Therapy Modalities to prevent and treat disease to promote optimal health and well being.  Holistic/Alternative Medicine is a mind, body, and spirit approach to healthcare.  It emphasizes the need to have a client-centered approach to healthcare, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual, and lifestyle values.  Holistic/alternative medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and a sense of well being.  Holistic/Alternative Modalities in healthcare include, but are not be limited to, the following:

In 1990 and 1997 two national surveys were conducted for better understanding of an alternative/holistic approach to medicine in the United States.  In 1990 the results showed that 33.8% of Americans used alternative therapies.  In 1997, in a separate study, 42.1% of Americans used alternative medicine.  The two studies used comparable questions for the analysis and showed that between 1990 and 1997 there was an increase in the number of people using an alternative/holistic approach to medicine.  It is estimated that this percentage has increased even more in recent years.

Make a Healthy Change

So, how does one go about this change to Holistic/Alternative Healthcare?  One way is to start with a naturopathic physician.  A doctor of naturopathy will find the root cause and then advise a treatment plan that will best fit the cause of the ailment.  A naturopathic physician will most likely know practitioners of other holistic modalities in your area should they be needed.  Word of mouth is the best way to find a naturopathic physician, but if that is not possible, an Internet search will provide education and doctors of naturopathy in your area.  As listed above, there are also many holistic/alternative modalities that can help depending on the individual’s need.  A separate Internet search will provide answers too many questions you may have regarding these modalities and would result in Holistic/Alternative Practitioners in your area.

This article was written to educate the public on holistic/alternative medicine.  Of course, it is an individual’s choice, and by no means does the writer of this article mean to convey that the AMA (American Medical Association) is not a valid source for healthcare needs.  The choice is yours, but it is important to note that you do have a voice in your medical decisions.

Guest Author: Katy GhostHorse is a hypnotherapist and an intuitive that follows a Native American, Lakota, spiritual path.  She just recently completed her hypnotherapy training at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, which has been approved by the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapist.   She incorporates her intuitive skills into her hypnotherapy sessions.   She inspires to help others feel for themselves that healing is possible through self-exploration, self-healing, and self-enlightenment with hypnotherapy.   Katy inspires to be of service to those (men, women, and children) who want to make changes in their life by connecting into their subconscious and quieting the conscious mind with hypnotherapy.