Health and Fitness Facilities. Part 3

Holistic health care claims to be comprehensive, carefully individualized and empowering. Practitioners give individuals tools to learn about and care for themselves. As opposed to the typical authoritarian doctor/submissive patient relationship, the holistic caregiver is more egalitarian — developing a treatment method in collaboration with the person seeking help.

Like conventional physicians, those who practice holism claim to adhere to Hippocrates’ injunction, “First do no harm.” Holistic professionals first teach clients therapies they can undertake themselves, such as self-awareness, relaxation, meditation, diet and exercise. Beyond these, they may use methods that require some professional intervention, such as massage, acupuncture, hypnosis and homeopathy. Finally, special situations may require traditional therapies such as pharmacological agents or surgery.

Types of holistic medicine

Types of holistic medicine include homeopathy, which treats conditions such as migraines, asthma, colds and the flu using minute amounts of extracts from plants, animals and minerals. Herbal medicine is similar and easily available in drugstores. Chiropractic care, typically used for neck, back, shoulder or leg pain, involves manual manipulation of the spine and joints to ease pressure on the nerves. Acupuncture uses fine needles to access energy pathways to stimulate the body’s own healing energy. Arthritis, chronic pain and addictions can be treated with acupuncture.

Every person need study basic first aid techniques. You never realize when you may need them – you, your loved one could be at school, at home, at work.

September 20th, 2012 - Posted in Health Care | | Comments Off

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