Possibility, Process and Wellness–
The Role of Complementary Therapies and Holistic Health Care
Although you may find that definitions of complementary medicine are varied there is uniformity in attitude. You may be surprised to learn that: In the same way that mainstream or allopathic medicine has a basic consistency in the approach to health and well-being, so does the complementary, alternative, natural or holistic health care model. To help you in understanding the process, and maybe making the choice to use holistic health care or to learn complementary therapies, the course is as follows:
1. First Do No Harm (Primum no nocere)
The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms. We believe that this is an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therefore illness can be a purposeful process of life. When we become ill the body is giving a warning signal to make some changes. In holistic health care we apply therapeutic actions to make change.
2. Practice the Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatix naturae)
The body has a built-in or inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health and well-being. Nature heals through the response to life force energy and this process is both ordered and intelligent. Whether using therapeutic modalities or herbs to heal, give the body the appropriate tools and it will heal itself. Of course, this will include the use of allopathic medicine if appropriate, hence my favored term: complementary health care.
3. Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle causam)
Quite simply, illness does not occur without cause. Symptoms are the body’s attempt to heal itself. We know that underlying causes of disease have to be discovered and removed or changed before someone can recover completely from illness or disease. Remember that the root causes may be on any level; body, mind, emotion or spiritual, and usually occur on more than one level. Holistic health-care looks at all the whole, which leads to:
4. Treat the Whole Person (The multi-factorial nature of health and disease)
Health and wellness and/or lack thereof are conditions of the whole organism; involving a complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components. This includes genetics, environment and social factors. The holistic health or wellness program requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to treatment.
5. Practice Prevention (Prevention is the best cure)
The ultimate goal of holistic health care is prevention! This may be achieved through education; teaching and modeling health lifestyle choices. It is reinforced by promotion of healthy life-style habits that maintain good health. Learning healing modalities and practicing them, first for yourself and second as a professional if you wish, is your own step on the path to achieving this goal.
The emphasis is on building health and wellness rather than fighting disease.
Although there are many variations on the way to approach health and wellness, these basic principals make the model of holistic, natural, complementary or alternative healthcare. The School of Complementary Therapies Code of Ethics is based on these principals and all students of SCT are required to understand and acknowledge them.
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