Lately there has been a lot of renewed interest in alternative medicine. This has come after many years of going to a traditional Western doctor. Now a lot of people are wondering if alternative practices such as herbs, acupuncture, flotation therapy, Chinese medicine and essential oils are a better way to go.
Holistic medicine looks at all of the different areas of a person’s life in order to solve their health ailments. Your alternative medicine practitioner will be acting as a detective. Not only will they look at what is physically ailing you but at the rest of your being as well. This includes your emotional, social and spiritual side; your diet and your exercise regimen; and your family and work life. These are things that most Western doctors do not even take the time to consider and thus they are only treating your symptoms, not the disease itself.
The principle behind alternative holistic medicine is that you not only want to get better but you also want to stay better as well. This is one of the key ways in which alternative medicine is so different from Western medicine. With alternative medicine you will be taught how to eat properly, select the right friends, exercise correctly, maintain good sleep hygiene and handle the stressors in your life.
Western culture has taught many people to simply give over all of their decision making power to the doctors who attend to them on a regular basis. It has also taught us to believe that medicine is too complex of a discipline for the average person to understand, which simply is not true. On the other hand, the majority of alternative health practitioners will not only ask you to cooperate in your own treatment but they will also expect you to do this as well. This means that you will have a lot more say in your health than you would with a Western doctor. It also means that if you happen to have a negative side effect, you will be believed and whatever has caused you to have this negative side effect will be stopped right away.
Once you begin to undergo alternative health care you will begin to realize just how much healing power you actually hold within yourself. You simply need to believe that this is true and then give yourself a chance to find it as you make some lifestyle changes. The joy that this will bring you is actually one of the best benefits to alternative medicine.