WHAT IS HOLISTIC THERAPY AND THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HOLISTIC THERAPIES?

Holistic therapy

Holistic therapy is a special type of treatment that focuses on healing the body in entirety, i.e. the mind, body, spirit as well as emotions in a quest for optimal health and wellness. The main goal of holistic therapy is gaining proper balance in all areas of life, something which has been proven to promote ultimate health and wellness.

Imbalances in one’s physical, emotional or spiritual life hurt one’s overall health. Although holistic therapy tends to downplay western medicine, treatment can involve conventional medication coupled with alternative therapies. Medication can be administered; however, potential factors causing illness such as diet, sleeping habits, stress, personal problems, preferred spiritual practices, etc. are looked at as part of the treatment process. In a nutshell, drugs can be used to relieve symptoms; however, lifestyle modifications must be considered to heal and stop the re-occurrence of illnesses.

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Different types of holistic therapies

A variety of holistic approaches are used to help patients gain optimal health and take full responsibility for their own wellbeing. Here are the main types of holistic therapies;

  1. Massage therapy

Massage therapy is a holistic therapy that involves manipulation of muscle, connective tissues, ligaments, tendons among other soft body tissues to enhance health and well-being. Massage therapy helps to reduce anxiety and stress, reduce pain, rehabilitate injuries, relax muscles and promote overall health/wellness.

  1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves inserting small fine needles into specific areas on the skin to restore balance and help the body heal itself. Acupuncture is part (has been part) of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. There is evidence backing acupuncture’s effectiveness to treat a variety of disorders when performed by a highly skilled practitioner.

According to Britain’s National Health Service on evidence surrounding the use of acupuncture to treat/manage a variety of disorders, there is proof that acupuncture can treat jaw pain, dental pain as well as control nausea (after chemotherapy and operations). Although most evidence surrounding the effectiveness of acupuncture hasn’t been systematically reviewed, many clinical guidelines that have been published in different countries find acupuncture helpful in treating a variety of conditions (especially those involving pain).

  1. Meditation

Meditation is a holistic therapy that uses mindfulness or focuses the mind to thoughts or activities to train awareness and attention to achieve mental clarity and a calm emotional state. Meditation can reduce anxiety, stress, and pain. Meditation has many other benefits such as increasing peace, self-concept, perception and overall well-being.

  1. Homeopathy

Homeopathy is another holistic therapy that focuses on triggering the body’s natural defenses. The treatment is based on the principle that; the body has the ability to cure itself. Homeopathy is administered using small amounts of natural plants and minerals known to stimulate natural healing. The therapy is commonly used to treat allergies, depression, migraines, and rheumatoid arthritis among other minor ailments like headaches, nausea, colds, and coughs.

  1. Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a holistic therapy that utilizes natural remedies to assist the body in healing itself. The therapy is different from homeopathy in that it embraces multiple therapies such as massage, use of natural herbs, acupuncture and nutritional counseling to help the body heal itself faster naturally.

  1. Chiropractic care

Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing and treating mechanical musculoskeletal system disorders (especially spine disorders). The therapy involves manual manipulation of soft tissues and joints by hand to treat back and neck pain-related ailments. The therapy can treat back pain, joint pain, non-musculoskeletal conditions, sprains, tendonitis and headaches among many other ailments.

  1. Exercise

Exercise is considered a holistic therapy since being physically fit has been proven to boost a person’s health naturally. Exercise is crucial for optimal health and wellness since it boosts the body’s metabolism, a process which helps to process food faster and ensure all bodily systems are working effectively.

Metabolism is a complex process involving complex enzymes and hormones that not only transform food into “fuel” but also dictates how efficiently you use the “fuel”. A person’s metabolism slows down naturally with age. Other factors also come into play like gender. At rest, men tend to burn calories faster than women. Also, muscular individuals tend to have a higher metabolic rate compared to their leaner counterparts. Genetics also play a role. One of the best/natural ways to keep your metabolism rate optimum is to exercise.