What is alternative medicine and why is it gaining so much attention these days?
Why Traditional Medicine May Not Be the Perfect Solution
Many people are frustrated with the traditional approach to treating disease. They often receive “band-aid solutions”, which suppress symptoms while leaving the root cause of their problems unaddressed. For this reason, more and more people are turning to alternative medicine to get the results they want.
The Holistic Nature of Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine, including energy healing, acknowledges that there is a connection between mind, body and spirit and to focus on only one of these elements would provide an incomplete solution to a mental, emotional or physical problem.
This does not mean that traditional medicine is not beneficial or does not have its place – it absolutely does. For example, you may need a pharmaceutical drug or a medical procedure to address an immediate or important health need. However, in many cases, combining traditional medicine with alternative medicine may expedite or aid the healing process. For example, Doctor Oz uses Reiki practitioners to assist with the recovery of open-heart surgery patients. Those who receive post-surgery Reiki report less pain than those who do not.
Theoretically, a clear energy channel would allow for a better response to other treatments. For example, some people have found that after receiving energy healing, they have responded better to conventional drug therapy.
In other cases, alternative medicine may have a greater effect than traditional medicine. I have experienced this myself. Energy healing was more beneficial in helping me recover from a knee injury than receiving physiotherapy or seeing a chiropractor.
Energy healing has the added benefit of exposing emotional or mental patterns that are the root cause of physical disease. This knowledge empowers a person to shift their perspective or outlook, which can have a great impact on their mental, emotional and physical health. As a result, rather than playing a passive role in the healing process, such as being dependent on a drug to feel better, the person becomes empowered to actively take part in their own recovery.
The Best Approach is Integrative
An integrative approach, which combines traditional and alternative medicine, has the greatest potential to impact a person’s health with long-lasting benefits. This involves getting everyone on board to tackle a problem – the physician, the energy healer, the naturopath or nutritionist, the counselor, and the person seeking assistance.
The integrative approach honours the fact that each of us is made up of more than just our physical bodies and other aspects of ourselves must also be addressed for an effective and complete recovery.
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