Holistic Healing treats a whole person as an entire being. That means instead of just treating the symptoms of physical afflictions, you’re also acknowledging and honoring spiritual wellbeing, individual predispositions, emotional states and lifestyle choices.
It’s been working for Eastern cultures for centuries- just take a look at the low rate of chronic disease in India or Asia, where a lifespan reaching well over 100 years old isn’t anything astounding to behold. They live a healthy, full life with minimal pharmaceutical intervention, and science wholeheartedly backs up the efficacy of these holistic practices that contribute to their longevity and resilience.
Unfortunately, modern Western medicine is shy to acknowledge the incredible power of holistic healing methods. This is in part due to some political power-play factors in our modern society; with the financial sway of big pharma and insurance companies all duking it out for patient’s dollars. Sadly, treating our health has become a money game, and the doctors are all in on the scheme.
Western medicine refers to these practices as “Alternative Medicine”, “Complementary Medicine” or “Natural Healthcare”, but despite the less-than-illustrious titles bestowed on these powerful practices, countless clinical studies have proven their efficacy. Researchers have found that if we live a life in tune with our bodies, we can often negate the need for modern medicine almost entirely.
Adopting a holistic approach to our health isn’t just pseudoscience any more- An interest from the scientific community surrounding alternative therapies has prompted extensive scrutiny, and garnered impressive results.
Here’s just a few of the Holistic treatment modalities that have gotten the seal of approval from our friends in lab coats:
Conceptualized in India some 5,000 years ago, Ayurvedic Medicine has truly stood the test of time.
A direct translation in Sanskrit meaning “The Science of Life”, this fascinating principle has captured the imaginations of many scholars in the scientific field, prompting countless studies and clinical trials to be carried out to back up its impressive data.
Ayurveda takes each person’s own energy patterns into consideration, thus adapting an internal purification process.
Ideal eating, sleeping and living blueprints are outlined that one should follow to suit their particularly defined characteristics.
We’re all born with a unique energy signature defined by one of these three Doshas:
- Pitta Dosha (Fire & Water)
- Vata Dosha (Air & Space)
- Kapha Dosha (Earth & Water)
Doctors of Ayurveda have infinite lifestyle adjustment combinations to leverage, in treating these three body types. The changes the patient makes ultimately result in prevention being the best cure.
While Ayurveda is more geared toward preventing illness and encouraging health, rather than curing disease- there are treatments that have proven effective in addressing specific health ailments.
Because life is medicine, exceptional results have been achieved utilizing a library of herbs and spices to eat and apply to the skin, plus infinite adaptations to food temperatures and spice level. Ayurveda also defines the optimal time of day one should go to sleep and rise for our bodies to be working at their best, plus the type of physical exertion most beneficial to the patient.
Ayurveda encompasses many methods to achieve glowing health and balance, and is regarded as the “Mother of All Healing.” The research surrounding this holistic approach to lifestyle has been widely carried out by the scientific community, and continues to fascinate scholars the world over.
2. The Wim Hof Method
This simple yet challenging practice has taken the world by storm due to its intensity & efficacy.
The method is named after its founder, Wim Hof, and is composed of three pillars:
1. Breathing Exercises
3. Cold Exposure
Yup, you read that right; ice baths. You may be thinking to yourself, “My parents always told me to wear a jacket in the cold so I don’t get sick.” Well that old wive’s tail can now be marked up as myth.
Wim has subjected himself to countless studies to prove that his method can actually boost the immune system. As the method gained traction, others volunteered themselves to be tested, and time and time again his claims have been proven true.
But a more robust immune system isn’t the only benefit; some other benefits of a regular Wim Hof Method practice include:
- Significantly reducing chronic pain
- Management of arthritis
- Strengthening the cardiovascular system
- Reducing anxiety & stress
- Speeds up the recovery process for both muscle repair & post-injury
- & much, much more
It is also important to never practice the breathing exercises in or around water, while driving, or while standing up. (You could pass out!)
Homeopathy is centered around the belief that the body may heal and immunize itself by utilizing micro-doses of adaptogenic natural substances.
Homeopathic medicine is based on a similar principle as vaccination (which we’re all familiar with!), proposing that like cures like. Basically, tiny amounts of natural plant-based molecules that may induce an adverse reaction are added to water or alcohol, then administered to boost the immune system and bolster the body’s natural defense systems.
Laboratory research carried out on homeopathic remedies has proven the efficacy of these natural solutions, with pharmacists even recommending them at the drugstore counter instead of many pharmaceutical treatments!
Clinical evidence backs up these claims, proving that plant-based homeopathic natural remedies can:
- Support the body’s natural ability to adapt to external aggressors
- Treat allergies through exposure to trace amounts of histamine triggers
- Boost the immune system
- Treat depression, stress, migraines, and chronic fatigue
- Balance hormones and ease PMS symptoms
- Address digestive issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Treat a toothache
- Ease nausea
Glowing with health is a momentous journey that has many facets, and we’ve noticed that straight-up modern medicine has been leaving some important elements out…
While it is important to consult with medical professionals to treat life-threatening chronic conditions, many of these ailments can be prevented and minor illnesses treated through holistic means.
Holistic healing methods can be used to address different parts of your wellness journey, and have been scientifically proven time and time again to contribute to our health.
And these are just the tip of the iceberg…
These techniques are just a few of the many ways we can encourage wellness and balance in our beings, so be sure to follow suit with scholars the world over, and discover the proven effectiveness of holistic healing you can use in your life!
Wishing you immaculate health, energy, and wellbeing,
Fefe | Incense Falls Wellness Contributor
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