The Art of Healing from the book Careers in Alternative Medicine, Chapter 4 by Alan Steinfeld.
The World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations states in the preamble to its charter: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease of infirmity."
Even though everyone knows what it is like to feel healthy, it is hard to convey in words beyond "a general sense of well-being." When a person is healthy the body's defense mechanisms and immune system can effectively handle most of the hazards life presents.
Health is not a static state, since the physical body must constantly adapt itself to a changing world. If you are healthy and suffer harm, be it a bruise or a broken bone, you will start healing immediately since a healthy body has a natural tendency to repair itself. You make new skin cells every day. The cells of your digestive system are constantly turning over as a natural part of the process of digestion and excretion.
Our bodies are constantly trying to achieve internal balance. This helps us move through a dynamic and constantly changing physical environment. In this light, temporary phases of illness can be seen as the body's attempt to adjust to new conditions, such as a change in seasons. A temporary phase of ill health can be used for the organism to grow and learn. True health can be seen as a state of dynamic balance.
The word "health" is derived from the Anglo-Saxon term hale, meaning "whole." So "to be healed" is "to be made whole"-whole in the sense of who we are as physical, mental, and emotional beings. Health is far more than the absence of disease. Helping someone feel whole can take many forms. It could be a process of touch to help someone relax, or listening to someone who may be upset about a problem at home.
Holism represents a philosophic perspective on the integration of body, mind, and spirit and depends on obedience to natural laws. Deviation can result in illness . "Good medicine" is a Native American term for anything that makes someone feel better. It could be a joke or a hug or a walk in the woods.
Well-being occurs when one's inner and outer worlds are in harmony. It is related to your interaction with the environment. Your beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions shape the state of health of both your body and mind. If you have a balanced diet but your thoughts are toxic, the biochemistry of your body will be negatively affected.
Aside from the importance of keeping the body properly nourished and rested, you should also allow minor illnesses to run their course. The National Wellness Institute divides wellness into six categories: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and occupational. Wellness is a dynamic process of making choices every day that will enhance well-being. Being well is a moment-to-moment process of participating in life in an aware and conscious manner.
Elements of Holistic Therapies
Alternative medicine includes many systems of healing each with its own merits, there are however some common features which differentiate them from modern medicine.
1) They considers the health of a person on a physical, mental, social and spiritual level, whereas modern medicine treats the body as a machine.
2) They stress the maintenance of healthy life styles, proper diet, exercise, human relations, sexuality, positive attitudes, clean environment, moral and spiritual values.
3) The preventive aspects of health is given major importance. They strive for a timely diagnosis, early intervention and treatment . The person is encourages to participate in his or her total health.
4) Simplicity of the practices avoiding the intake of potent and hard drugs or undergoing unnecessary diagnostic and surgical interference that can have devastating side effects.
5) Many traditional system of medicine have an answer to diseases which have found no amenable answer from modern medical treatment .
6) Emphasizes understanding cause of illness and use non invasive means and the patient's inherent recuperative abilities as part of the treatments.
7) They understand stress on the immune system is both internal and external such as the emotions and the environment.
8) Is aware of unnecessary barriers in the therapist-patient relationship.
The Art of Healing by Alan Steinfeld.
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Monday, 14 November 2011 08:29
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