Is Modern Medicine The Best Way To Heal?
Since the introduction of modern medicine, there has been a large push to adopt western medicine as the golden standard for healing.
Although this has helped many individuals in their healing journey, is it always the answer?
Many modern health practitioners say No.
Although modern-day medicine has come leaps and bounds and is responsible for the survival of many illnesses and diseases, there are a few loopholes it doesn't seem to fill quite well.
This leaves many individuals left without the full scope of care they are searching for!
So how do we fill in these gaps? That's where a Holistic Health Approach comes in handy.
What is Holistic Health Exactly?
According to an article by Dr. James s. Gordon, Holistic medicine is an attitudinal approach to health care rather than a particular set of techniques.
It addresses all the following dimensions of health and illness…
Holistic Healing provides an approach that is inclusive of the full scope of health and not just the biological factors.
It also takes a community approach rather than an individualistic approach to healing as it addresses societal, cultural, and environmental factors that can impact individual and collective health as a whole.
Sounds practical right? Maybe even underrated? Why hasn’t this approach been widely accepted yet? And how can we adopt this type of mentality to our current healing journeys?
Here Are 3 Ways You Can Begin to Heal Holistically
1. Do Your Research
Take the time to seek out medical practitioners and professionals who also adopt this practice. One of the best ways to excel in something is to surround yourself with like-minded individuals.
Take the time to do this before your next doctor visit and see if this opens up your healing options
2. Support Holistic Businesses
Ever heard the phrase “Put your money where your mouth is?” It has some validity
As a capitalist society, we place a lot of value on money. What you spend your money on has a rippling effect on your community.
Try swapping out some of your name-brand products for smaller companies that take a holistic approach and give back to the community!
3. Take Stock In Spiritual and Cultural Healing Practices
Don’t be afraid to lean into your culture or religious healing practices, in addition to modern medicine.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there have been 18 studies in the last 3 decades that have shown that religiously involved people live longer lives.
Don’t Worry, You’ve Got This!
So, if you've hit a speed bump in your healing process, you may want to consider incorporating a more Holistic Health approach to your journey
After all, you are a little more complicated than a few tests, a diagnosis, and a bottle of pills.
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Written by: Autumn R. Paramore 9/6/2022
- Gordon JS. Holistic medicine: advances and shortcomings. West J Med. 1982 Jun;136(6):546-51. PMID: 7113200; PMCID: PMC1273970. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1273970/?page=1
- Mueller, P. S., Plavek, D. J., & Rummans, T. A. (2001). Religious Involvement, Spirituality, and Medicine: Implications for Clinical Practice. Retrieved 2022, from https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(11)62799-7/fulltext.