Active health care is all about an holistically approach on how to deal with any health issue. This article is an introduction to holistically health and the subsequent articles will deal more specific health issues and how to deal with them.
Alternative medicine (also known as holistic medicine or health), is considered by most, as the name suggests, an alternative way to treat illness and restore health. For those who are actively involved with it, alternative medicine is really a life-changing experience.
While conventional medicine works by relieving only the symptoms of the individual, alternative medicine seeks to find and eliminate the root causes behind the illness and in many cases, it considers the person as a whole and then to select the best treatment possible for that persons situation. This is not done only to restore health physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. By choosing alternative means to treat an illness, people have their health in their own hands because of the lifestyle habits they need to adopt, in order to recover and control their health naturally.
The history of alternative health.
Alternative/holistic medicine and methods has been around since the ancient times, but came into prominence during the 20th century. At that time, there were two main schools of thought: Physicians and researchers who only believed and practicing conventional treatments, and those who took a more holistic/alternative approach which were and are still are the minority. Holistic means has been dismissed by some conventional doctors as “bogus”, “placebo” or “lacking scientific basis” and focused in killing unwanted external intruders such as bacteria and viruses with chemicals but, in many cases, conventional medicine proved out to be ineffective or even harmful.
For this reason, alternative medicine is used to identify the cause, restore health and protect from future invasions. More and more people nowadays are realizing its potential and choose to take this route, mainly because other conventional means have failed to restore their health.
Main fundamentals of alternative/holistic health.
When somebody researches the subject, they will notice that there are some general assumptions, which are summarized as follows:
1.Like everything found in nature which is both, an individual part and a member of the whole, alternative medicine takes into consideration the whole organism rather than focusing on the individual parts, separately. This is because, while each of these parts have their own set of distinct functions, they are all interrelated and affect the organism in general. A positive or negative change in one part may affect another and vice verse. For example, if one has an important job interview and feels very stressed or nervous, he might try to look calm and suppress these emotions. But, while stress and anxiety seem to decrease, the body is still affected and he might experience nausea, minor body pains or headaches thereafter.Thus, by eliminating the root causes of an illness, all parts related to each other will benefit which is way more efficient and hassle-free than conventional means.
2.Everything emerges from a series of events. If we visualize a line with both a beginning (marked by birth) and (an ending marked by death) in terms of health throughout our lifetimes, we will notice many states of wellness or neutral areas. The highest levels are the ones where perfect or almost perfect health is apparent, where in the lowest levels we have the presence of diseases that affects the body, mind and spirit. Like all parts of an organism, these levels might be interrelated and one may negatively or positively influence in this case, are related to each another. Example: An otherwise healthy teenager starts to smoke or drink alcohol in excess to suppress his problems. Overtime, he experiences problems like coughing, or feeling fatigued. He stops for a while then he starts smoking again which leads to additional problems and in later age, he experiences life threatening conditions like serious liver problems or even a stroke. His levels of health other and happened because of pure lifestyle choices, throughout his lifetime which makes it a very important principle.
3.To be able to restore health in optimal levels, one must be willing to change his lifestyle and follow all the steps necessary even to the smallest detail, to get back on the right track again. If someone is a lazy, or abuses alcohol for example, he/she needs to get more active and slowly get rid of this bad habit, that ruins their health. This might not bring overnight results, but over time he will feel better in all aspects of his health and even in a state of perfect health. The body will feel the need to adapt to these new positive changes and will utilize all that energy to function and perform better in the long-term.
How is this practiced.
As said earlier, one must be willing to get rid of anything that causes illness and lowers the levels of health, even if it is a lifelong habit e.g. unhealthy diet. This is not easy, but, with the right support, things will be much easier in the long-run. When you book an appointment with a holistic physician, he may ask multiple questions to learn more about you, as a whole. Typical questions that will be asked are: What do you eat on a typical day? Do you exercise? What is your current job? Do you experience high levels of stress? Is there anything that bothers you? All these questions are necessary to determine what type of person you are, what are your lifestyle habits and how you can improve together any black or grey areas that damage your well-being whether physical, mental or even spiritual. Remember, it’s a multilevel approach and should be treated as such. Apart from lifestyle changes, the physician might suggest the consumption of natural medicine e.g. herbs, that will encourage the immune system to fight the illness on its own and get rid of any unwanted toxins that accumulate in the blood and cause disease.
Provided you eliminate all the bad habits that damages your health and adopt new healthier habits as directed by your physician, you will experience slow but remarkable changes for the better. Your energy levels will rise, your health will improve in all areas of your life.