As a person that likes to know facts from fiction, there are some pretty far-fetched holistic treatments out there. But what if they work?
According to WebMBD:
‘Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness.’
This includes most ‘alternative medications’, which you can get an idea of what from this compiled list here.
I am always amazed by modern-day medication, and the relief of illness from antibiotics. But society has now developed this fascination with updated old wives tales and alternative therapies, being marketed as ‘natural remedies’. As I come from a Chinese background, I’m familiar with the herbal remedies and superstitions. I have even heard about people who have benefited from relief of muscle ache from acupuncture and affirmative prayer, but maybe I’m still a septic as I’ve never actually tried them before. But for some people, they really do believe that it helped, whether they believe all the background to it or not. You don’t have to believe in the God or deity or even be religious to be ‘healed’ by a healer in Hong Kong, and you don’t need to understand the balance of Yin and Yang for acupuncture to make a difference to you; They just work.
There has been many studies being carried out to find any supporting evidence that any of these alternative actually work and so far there’s been a few even confining acupuncture to make a slight difference, but most are still unsure. Read more about acupuncture and neck pain relief study here.
I have heard of people avoiding their GPs and doctors because they don’t want to bother them with ‘simple arm pain’ or they even disagree with the recommended treatment. Some are to even go as far as refusing chemotherapy on the grounds of the side effects, to use cannabis oil and filtered water. Or other forms of alternative therapy, that the doctor could not recommend to them, as it goes against their practice.
So have you had any holistic treatment done before? Or do you know anyone that has?
I’ve love to know or any successful or unsuccessful stories you may have in comments below or message me on my contact page.