Updated: Aug 21
How have you felt about modern medicine lately? Do you feel it connects your mind, body and spirit? We definitely see the worth in modern medical advances and how useful medical practices and medicine can be in acute and emergency situations. While these advances are amazing they rarely restore your own control over your condition to assist you on your quest to holistic health.
By the time you develop a condition of the mind or the body it is a fair assumption that the spiritual, emotional and psychological aspects of the condition have already imposed heavy burdens on you and your ability to heal. This is something modern medicine rarely fully addresses. Promoting a holistic view complementary therapies address the condition by understanding its diverse range of causes and consequences.
While complementary therapies do not replace mainstream treatments, it is important to learn about ways to gain control of your symptoms, improve general wellbeing, enhance a healthy lifestyle and improve quality of life. Using complementary therapies to help you derive the best outcome from your conventional care will not only allow you to play a central role in your healing but in effect allow you to live in a way that contributes to the prevention of further and unnecessary conditions.
Here are a few examples of the four main categories of complementary therapies, enjoy!
Mind-body practices essentially work by enhancing the connection between the brain, mind, body and behaviour. A few examples include, deep breathing, meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.
Supporting your healing process on a biochemical level natural products include herbs, vitamins, minerals and supplements. Therapies include naturopathy and aromatherapy.
Manipulative and body-based complementary practices:
Who doesn’t love a massage? Manipulative and body based complementary practices such as massage, Alexander therapy, shiatsu, chiropractic and osteopathy assist you on a physical level by focusing on your muscles, bones, joints and so on…
Other, including energy health:
Addressing the energy field to settle or clear away lower or stagnant vibrations. Examples include, Crystal Therapy, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and whole medicine systems such as traditional chinese medicine, ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy and naturopathy.
There certainly is a vast range of complementary approaches you can consider, speaking with your doctor about the approach you would like to take as well as following up with your own research will help you to make better informed decisions regarding your healing journey. From our perspective it really is worth making the effort to combine modern medicine with a complementary approach. We see it as an opportunity to not only address the physical aspects of the condition but to understand the holistic view of your health and wellbeing and to move forward in your life with a sense of control, empowerment, greater health and wellbeing!
Keep well and safe!
Antonella and Peter
The Mindful Place
Reference: Greener, M. (n.d.).The holistic health handbook.