What defines holistic treatment?
Based on the idea that you should take care of your whole body and mind, rather
than just treating a partof the body that is ill.
Why choose the more time consuming holistic treatment?
How ‘natural alternatives’ often are not holistic
When first looking into natural health it’s tempting to just keep the same conventional mindset (a quick fix) but use natural treatments. I do this too sometimes, but it’s not what holistic healthcare is all about. Yes, a natural medicine is usually better than a conventional one, but it still is applying a bandaid fix rather than a permanent one.
I do use ‘natural fixes’ that are for a temporary specific problem, but it’s still preferable to really get to the root of a problem. Sometimes all that means is making sure you get enough sleep, cut out the junk food from your diet, and reduce stress.
Just because it worked for one person…
Another common mistake, for in both conventional medicine and holistic medicine, is to assume that just because something worked for you, it is the solution for everyone with your same problem (see a little discussion about carbs that we had on Facebook recently). Holistic medicine is very individualized and the slow and steady ‘educated trial and error’ approach seems to work best for finding what treatments are needed.
It’s exciting to find an easy natural remedy for a chronic condition that you’ve had, but try to be objective and realize that just because, for instance, removing dairy (or gluten or nightshades) from your diet cured your arthritis (or digestive trouble, brain fog, eczema, sinus infections, etc), doesn’t mean that everyone with arthritis will find the same benefit from removing that particular food. It has to do with their specific body. A good holistic treatment recognizes this, be wary of any ‘holistic’ practitioner who is pushing a one-size-fits-all treatment.
Healthcare as a Lifestyle
Keeping heath in the back of your mind and making small changes to your every day activities ends up changing the way you do life. It might take a little bit of time to get used to, but eventually you will crave the stuff that’s healthy for you!
Some examples of everyday ‘healthcare’:
- Being out in the sunshine (seriously- enjoying nice weather is healthy!)
- Eliminating allergies though food elimination and the GAPS Diet
- Adding cultured foods to your diet
- Making sure there is healthy food in the house
- Reducing your stress level by keeping relationships healthy
- Getting enough fresh air and enjoying exercise
- Researching routine prenatal/baby care
- Focusing on priorities and enjoying the simple small things
- Making a hobby/social network of sourcing quality foods
Prioritizing treatment options
When it comes to holistic treatments, there can be so many good things that we get overwhelmed. Holistic healthcare takes time, effort, and money. I prioritize treatments based on what I believe to be most effective for the least amount of time/money.
Here’s how I start:
6. Other alternative medicines as you think they would help (chiropractic, acupuncture, visiting a naturopath, etc)