What is a Holistic Therapy About? A Comprehensive Guide

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The so-called holistic therapy displays therapeutic characters, offering various treatments adapted to specific needs.

By also being an advanced therapy, integral, equitable, and effective contributor, the holistic word refers to a whole, starting from within the people until completing a comprehensive treatment.

Holistic therapy is basically a travel companion in the evolutionary path of human beings to solve a problem. But it’s also advancement and personal development in a conscious way of life.

Therefore, it is a need or a call for support, being a facilitator of a process to discover both the inside and the outside of people, as much as the person wishes.

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This lecture may sound a little strange, but it’s more normal than it may seem. Holistic therapy is one that takes into account and treats the person as a whole.

Traditionally, mind and body have been considered separately in the West, although recently, this has been changing.

Understanding that human beings are shaped by a multidimensional system in which various mutually related aspects come together.

From there arises the current or the orientation that such therapy takes, characterizing itself as joint and at the same time integral.

How does holistic therapy work?

What is a Holistic Therapy

For example, if you see a reflexology professional, he or she will be able to explain more in detail what this therapy consists of, but you are not the only one.

Many professionals of the various alternative therapies or other therapies will use it too.

Furthermore, psychotherapy is also considered holistic due to its corporal and transpersonal aspect to deal with psycho-emotional aspects.

Likewise, it includes the so-called “energy psychology” or “brain integration techniques”.

Therefore, it is a wide and multidimensional world quite rich and interesting, with practical and effective elements of many options available to people, and yes, always depending on the needs and specific case of each individual.

In holistic therapy, it can be said that needs are worked in isolation and also the so-called complete therapeutic processes, being of variable duration depending on the person and their specific situation.

Concept: Holistic therapies are all those alternative therapies that seek to stimulate the body’s natural healing power

The term “holistic” is derived from the Greek holos, which means ‘complete, whole.’ Holistic therapies are all those alternative therapies that seek to stimulate the body’s natural healing power.

In holistic therapy, the human being is considered as a unit of the body, mind, and spirit, treats the patient as a whole; unlike traditional medicine that deals only with the physical part; without considering that whatever happens in the body it may also affect the mind and vice versa.

Types of Holistic Therapies


Classification of holistic therapies:

acupuncture

All of those that act by inducing self-healing powers to the individual. The human being is considered as a unit: body, mind, and spirit.

Among holistic therapies, there are some trendy and effective ones, such as Acupuncture/Acupressure, Moxibustion, Auriculotherapy, and Foot Reflexology.

  • Energy therapy: Some therapies of this type are both holistic therapies. Here we work with the behavior of universal energy. Traditional Chinese medicine is the mother of all energy therapies, and as in all of them, it is based on the affirmation of the existence of vital energy that flows in all places, including inside our body, energy. Acupuncture/Acupressure, rebalancing of chakras, and magnet therapy would be some examples of energy therapies
  • Mind-body therapies: These practices seek integration and interaction between the mind and the body, thus achieving physical and emotional health. Disciplines such as Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tai chi stand out
  • Body manipulation methods: Any alternative therapy that is based on the manipulation of the body. The most representative example is therapeutic massages, massages with suction cups, massages with pindas, and foot reflexology
  • Biological therapies: They use natural components. Mainly Phytotherapy and the use of medicinal plants, also the use of food to improve health in general and each pathology in particular. Home remedies and any medical or sanitary method in which some element of nature is used (syrups, juices, infusions, muds, plastes, etc.)

What is a holistic Doctor? (holistic healers)

A person that masters any of the therapies described above can be considered a holistic doctor.

Although there is no actual official certification, these types of healers are experts in their particular niche and seldom represent a threat to your health.

Keep in mind that whatever therapy you choose will not involve chemicals or artificial medicines of any sort.

An Interesting read:

Steve Jobs’ death breathed new life into a longstanding debate between traditional medicine and alternative medicine. Is it an alternative or a complement?

In October 2003, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the worst, fastest, and most aggressive type. However, Steve’s cancer was a type with a better prognosis, the only pancreatic cancer with a real chance of cure.

holistic therapy

So Jobs – a Buddhist, vegetarian, and skeptical of orthodox medicine – instead of abiding by immediate surgery’s medical opinion, decided to try alternative treatments.

His quest lasted nine months. It’s usually the lifetime that any patient with another subtype of pancreatic cancer would have had.

During those months, cancer had spread. In the following July, Jobs resigned from Apple; it was necessary to remove part of the pancreas, part of the stomach, and intestine.

In 2009, he had to undergo a liver transplant. He then lost the war on cancer after undergoing late chemotherapy that he avoided for years. He died in 2011.

Jobs’ death breathed new life into a longstanding debate between traditional medicine and alternative medicine. A lot of people, due to misinformation, blamed Jobs’s death for choosing alternative treatments.

According to several specialists, it’s not known for sure how long Steve Jobs would have lived; and also, the quality of life he would have had those years if he’d followed the traditional cancer treatment.

The quality of life is essential in this debate. For bioenergetic doctor Sam Perez, no medicine can completely heal an already diagnosed cancer; however, “its evolution and the life quality of patients does change with alternative treatments.”

This is why the undeniable rise of alternative treatments is due in a certain way to the fear generated by the possible collateral damage of orthodox medicine.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NCCAM, about 38 percent of adults in the United States use some form of alternative medicine, leading to back and neck pain.

Another case

Jaime Lopez, with a herniated disc, sought on his own initiative an alternative treatment to pain.

A traditional doctor had given him two options: surgery or an injection into the spine; As the patient feared these two solutions, he decided to try neural therapy.

Once the treatment started, he presented a slight improvement in his symptoms, but the days came when his pain intensified inexplicably. He has not yet made a final treatment decision. He’s in an exploratory stage before deciding on other treatments.

It’s the lack of conclusions that have caused allopathic doctors to still be reluctant regarding alternative medicine.

For Dr. Jessey Gomez, an allopathic doctor from the Medellin University in Colombia, the entire western medical field is focused on research. It’s limited to confirmation and evidence of what can be reproduced.

“Methodologically, there are a lot of procedures, and they determine what works and what doesn’t, or what is better. After such a race, one does not blindly believe, as one believes, say, in God.

You believe because there is a demonstration of what is happening. When Alternative medicine had arrived in Colombia, it was backed by very little research, and there was a lot of mysticism in the matter.

Nevertheless, there is much more research now, which can yield more credit. But from my point of view, there is still a lack of research and evidence. ”

Alternative drugs are seen by many to act as a placebo. The placebo effect is responsible for a third of the benefits of any treatment, including traditional ones.

Analysis of dozens of studies has found that up to 32 percent of patients respond to placebo over the past half-century.

Most alternative medicine studies don’t have patients receiving a placebo-based treatment more than “real” life treatment.

The Verdict

According to specialists from the Colombian Homeopathic Institute, it is necessary to distinguish between alternative therapies and alternative medicine: “one thing is therapies, and another is medicine, which has a context and a philosophical basis that supports it.”

But according to experts in this field, the criteria that measure the efficacy of traditional medicine do not apply to homeopathy.

In any case, people’s preferences are above discussion. For years, Colombians and people around the world have been pushing health officials to include alternative therapies and making these services “official.”

This way, it becomes increasingly urgent that healthcare providers open consultations in this field and that some regulation for alternative medicine and its own “drugs” be implemented.

Today more and more prepaid medicine companies offer the option of alternative therapies within their plans.

At the end of the day, it’s your choice. It’s important to read a lot about this subject so you can educate yourself before making any decisions regarding your health, like going the AM route.

I guess the good thing about Alternative Medicine is the fact that everything involves natural remedies and treatments. So, even if it doesn’t work, at least it won’t hurt you either.

Stay safe and healthy! Please share your comments and experiences with us.


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Joel Zazueta

Hey! Joel here; A graduate of Herbalism & Naturopathy Medicine School. My team and I are passionate about finding ways to improve our lives on a daily basis and truly believe in natural alternatives of doing so before seeking traditional medications. However, always consult with your Doctor/Physician first before taking any actions in regards to your health. Stay Safe and Healthy!

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