Mind, Body, Spirit
Holistic VS Conventional
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is not to reject or replace Conventional or Western medicine. Conventional and Alternative medicine can coexist.. even merge! The key is to administer treatments that have been proven. Just because "they've been doing this in China for centuries" does not make the treatment effective and furthermore safe!
Apply this same logic to conventional medicine. Blood Letting was long accepted though there was no indication that it was effective. Of course this is no longer practiced in the West. Is it wise to ignore a treatment that can make you well, whatever it may be? Consider this: Western medicine can be holistic, too. it can treat the mind, body and soul. It is available to us to treat our illnesses. Whatever discipline you subscribe to, wellness should be the ultimate goal.
What is Mind, Body and Spirit?
The mind, the body and the spirit together make up the individual.
MindBody medicine made its first appearance in the 18th century, the period of Enlightenment. The basis of MindBody is that illness can be attributed to lifestyle, environment and psychology. The principles of MindBody Medicine are:
Mind Body and Spirit are interrelated.
Stress and depression contribute to chronic disease.
The mind affects psychoneuroimmunology.
Mental outlook impacts physical health.
Placebo effects can induce healing.
Social support enhances and sustains health.
Social support,relaxation & breathing exercises, psychological growth, and exercise are what makes MindBody medicine work.
My experience as a special education teacher, school counselor, fitness instructor and personal trainer set me up to arrive at this philosophy.
What is Holistic Wellness?
Mind, Body and Spirit is the definition of Holistic Wellness. Our health is determined by the balance or imbalance of these three facets. Holistic medicine does not just treat one's symptoms. It is about finding the underlying cause of the imbalance or illness. Treating one part treats the whole. There are many forms of Holistic treatment. Many are considered Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).. CAM may include massage, acupuncture, Reike, aromatherapy, herbal remedies, yoga or treatments that are natural and minimalistic.