When people hear of the holistic care, they usually think of different vitamins, spiritual practices and Chinese medicine. However, the things have really changed since the epoch of ancient Chinese practices and now holistic care is much wider and more common. In fact, if you ever asked your partner to do you some massage, you’ve already experienced holistic care.
There are different names for this approach. Some common names are complementary therapies, natural medicine, integrative approach. All of those mean only one thing – the treatment offered by these practitioners won’t only consist of meds.
One of the most common myths about the holistic care is that you have to stick to it, abandoning traditional treatment. However, this is wrong in its roots. No legitimate doctor and the holistic practitioner will ask you to quit your traditional therapy and jump on the holistic train. You can mix both ways.
Types of Holistic Practices
There are tons of different practices that could be considered holistic. However, you could divide those into a few groups:
- Mind-body therapy.
This is a very popular way, where you treat both your mind and your body together. Usually, it means group sessions and lots of talking. It also includes relaxation groups and many collective activities.
Usually, that means that you will be treated with herbs and different biological components. This is one of the simplest types of holistic practices, as the majority of meds could be used here.
- Traditional holistic.
That includes different complex systems like Ancient Chinese or Ancient Indian medicine. Usually, you will find developed systems here.
- Manipulative therapy.
Manipulative therapy includes touch. Usually, it’s massage, chiropractic approaches and practices that include touching or movement.
- Energy healing.
Many people don’t believe in this one, as it uses the most different forms of energy (ultrasonic, thermal, subtle) to treat patients. However, Reiki, that gains popularity now is considered an energy practice.
- It teaches that people have healing and harming powers.
Holistic care teaches people that they can make their conditions worse (or even develop them in the first place) because of toxic feelings and emotions. However, it also teaches that people have healing powers and they can become better and healthier with positive emotions.
- A doctor will teach by an example.
One of the most interesting parts of the holistic approach is that a doctor becomes a sort of a life coach for a patient and teaches them by their own example. That helps a patient embrace different aspects better and helps them build healthier habits.
- People should work on the inner reasons of a disease.
Treating symptoms means not treating the inner cause, as they commonly think in natural care. You have to start with the basics and improve the quality of life and your lifestyle to eliminate the reasons of a disease.
- It involves all the aspects of patient’s life.
When you’re treated in a holistic way, a person and a doctor have to act as a team. The holistic approach doesn’t just involve meds and pills to take, if you want to be treated, you will need to change your habits and lifestyle.
Risks of This Approach
Even though holistic care is getting more and more popular and uses plenty of natural ingredients and ways, there are some risks to it. For example, some people might be allergic to different herbs or might develop a severe reaction to those. Some of those herbs might be poisonous if not treated properly.
Another big factor is that some people (e.g. who received transplants) have to be on specific medication that could mess with a holistic treatment. That also includes all of those who are on special medication. Sometimes different approaches don’t go well together and that might potentially harm a patient. However, if you talk about it with your doctor in advance, your risks will be minimal.