As women, we have many ways with which to approach our health from a holistic perspective. As you most likely know, holistic medicine focuses on the whole person and tends to look at things from the lens of mind, body, emotion and spirit.
How does a holistic approach differ from a more conventional approach?
A conventional or allopathic approach to health favours pharmaceutical medicine as the best course of action for numerous diseases. However, one of the criticisms of this approach is that the drugs tend to mask symptoms rather than cure them. In other words if you stop taking the drugs your symptoms will return.
Another problem with the pharmaceutical approach is the possibility of unpleasant and unwanted side effects from the drugs. In some cases, the side effects are even worse than the initial complaint.
A holistic approach, by contrast, typically tries to discover the root cause of the problem and by treating and curing the root cause, the disease or health issue no longer occurs.
Examples of holistic medicine
There are many, many different holistic medical approaches that can be explored. Some of the more commonly known ones are listed below, with a brief description outlining how each one works.
Raspberry leaf tea is known to help with menstrual cramps. Nettles are known to have very strong nutritional value and can be used for allergies, including hay fever, asthma, and eczema. Aloe Vera helps with joint pain/arthritis – just to name a few.
With massage, you need regular sessions to experience ongoing results and you should always drink fresh clean water before and after massage.
Interestingly there is no science to validate this form of medicine, as scientifically the doses contain nothing medicinal, the dose is so tiny. However in the hands of competent homeopath amazing results have been achieved, according to anecdotal evidence.
Some women’s complaints that homeopathy is known to be good for include mastitis, hormonal irregularities, and issues during pregnancy.
This is a very brief introduction to a very large topic but all the above mentioned holistic approaches are known for their efficacy in treating health problems, including health problems specific to women. These methods have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years.
More research is needed but science is starting to find evidence that supports the anecdotal documentation that keeps people coming back for more.