Modern medicine has evolved into more discoveries of new drugs and new forms of treatments to cure diseases. These methods help reduce symptoms and cure illness which have helped many people. However, medicine has both risks and benefits. The benefits of modern medicine to improve health by doing what they were designed for, such as curing disease or relieving pain. However, the risks, called side effects, are something unwanted and unexpected. If you want to know how to heal ailments without using medicine or to use in conjunction with modern medicine, there are many holistic treatments to consider.

 

What is holistic treatment?

Holistic treatment is a form of healing that considers the whole person, which includes body, mind, spirit and emotion in the quest for optimal health and wellness. The principle of holistic treatment is based on healing the causes of disease rather than the symptoms themselves. For example, a person suffering from migraine headaches visits a holistic doctor, the doctor will take a look at all potential factors causing the headaches such as diet, sleep habits, stress and lifestyle factors. Based on the patient's medical condition, the holistic practitioner will recommend a treatment plan that may involve dietary changes but also adjust the lifestyle in order to prevent the headaches from recurring.

Which ailments are good for which holistic treatment?

Acupuncture, exercise, manual manipulation, vitamin supplements and stress reduction techniques (meditation) can be considered for chronic pain such as bad back, osteoarthritic and headaches.

Acupuncture is a main alternative treatment for chronic pain as well as sleep disorders. Studies have found that it works for many pain caused by osteoarthritic, back injuries and sports injuries.

Stress reduction techniques also play an important role in healing pain. There are many approaches to relieve stress like yoga, relaxation therapies, hypnosis, meditation, music therapy and various massage techniques.

Besides chronic pain, holistic treatments can also help chronic diarrhea, weight loss, digestive issues (IBS, leaky gut), abdominal pain and hormonal imbalances. Some natural treatment for these ailments include foods which contain probiotic or prebiotic properties. Probiotic (fermented) foods contains “good" bacteria for your gut, while prebiotic foods (onions, garlic, leeks, legumes & beans) provide the fiber and natural sugars in which to feed the good bacteria. Fish oils offer benefits in anti-inflammatory properties as well as providing good fats that your body needs for energy.