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Complementary and Holistic Healthcare is here to stay
When our grandmothers insisted upon drinking chamomile tea for an upset stomach, or warm milk with honey for a good night’s rest, did they know something we didn’t, or have we just forgotten the simple and natural approach to good healthcare?
Pick up a magazine at any bookstore or supermarket and you will see, flashing before your eyes, every healthcare topic imaginable:
The reality is that consumers are using Complementary therapies, holistic health care, homeopathics, herbal remedies and mind/body practices in overwhelming numbers.
The consumption of organic foods, and the use of some therapies such as Bach flowers, aromatherapy and essential oils have reached an all-time high.
The increased use of complementary and Holistic healthcare practices is not just a passing fancy.
Complementary and holistic healthcare along with integrative medical techniques will reshape healthcare in the 21st century.
Imagine, for a moment, coming out of a surgery with soft harp music being piped into the recovery room, vitamin C being added to the intravenous drip while your massage therapist or your polarity practitioner begins slowly working specific points on your sore feet. Add a gentle aromatherapy scent, designed to help you wake up, without feeling nauseous, and you may have an idea of what is coming in the future.
One group concerned about understanding the wide use of CAM therapies was the 11th International Conference on Women’s Health issues. Surveys and research project, presented at this congress pointed out that most women who have breast cancer seek holistic and complementary therapies.
One study found that more than 70 percent of breast cancer patients combine traditional medicine treatments with holistic therapies like acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, prayer and nutritional supplements.
The study also found that only about a third of the women surveyed did not share their holistic and complementary treatment choices with their physicians. But, almost all the women discussed their medical treatment with their holistic practitioners. Women said they felt that either their doctors weren’t interested in their holistic therapy choices or they were afraid that their doctors would respond negatively.
As we look into the future of our total healthcare system, we can predict, without question, that more centers will emerge that are completely dedicated to a complementary and integrative approach to wellness and healing.
More organizations such as the Center for Mind-Body Medicine will surface, providing educational tools dedicated to reviving the spirit and transforming the practice of medicine.
Programs that combine the best of modern science and ancient wisdom will emphasize
Yes, complementary and holistic healthcare is here to stay.
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How to Make Fire Cider
Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to organic veggie juice (throw in some olives and pickles and think non-alcoholic, health boosting bloody mary!), splashed in fried rice, or drizzled on a salad with good olive oil.
You can also save the strained pulp and mix it with shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and fresh herbs to make delicious and aromatic stir-fries and spring rolls!
I like to take 1 tbsp each morning to help warm me up and rev the immune system, or 3 tbsp at the first sign of a cold.
Time to make the Fire Cider!
Prepare all of your cold-fighting roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized jar. If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus opening experience!
Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.
After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining.
Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness.
Learn About Every Holistic Health Modality A-Z
Uses a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Used primarily for a full-body treatment; promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of motion, relieves muscle tension.
Is an ancient Chinese form of energy cultivation and self-defense. A specific type of chi gong, t’ai chi consists of many chi gong movements that are arranged according to the principles of the Tao The Ching and the I Ching. The slow gentle movements promote strength, balance, health, vitality, and an overall sense of well-being.
Like other divinatory systems, such as the I Ching or runes, a reading is determined by a chance operation – in the Tarot it is by the “random” shuffling of a deck of cards. Each card represents a god and an archetypal world of associations: an image of existence, a set of feelings and ideas. The synchronistic fall of the cards reveals the specific configuration of these elemental forces in the individual’s life.
Or equine facilitated therapy is the deliberate partnering with a horse and trained therapist to achieve pre-determined goals for a client. This innovative therapy combines traditional occupational, physical and psychological treatment with the added component of a living, feeling, giving, non-verbal co-therapist. It requires all participants to think and act “out of the box” of traditional treatment.
Is similar to Healing Touch, but in Therapeutic Touch no physical contact is involved. Since the human energy field extends outwards beyond the skin, the assessment and clearing of any imbalances and/or blockages is accomplished by moving the hands just above the skin. The intention of the practitioner to heal or to reduce pain generates a directed energy into the patient’s field. Developed by Delores Krieger, PhD, RN, and by Dora Hunt at New York University’s Division of Nursing; derived from the “laying on of hands” tradition.
*Compiled by the Art of Well Being. firstname.lastname@example.org / Institute of Holistic Health Careers
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