Holistic Health and Healing...
It’s Only Natural
Traditional western medicine sees us as a collection of systems and organs, an idea reinforced by high-tech diagnosis and treatment. But that picture has always been incomplete, for we are much more than the sum of our body parts.
There is a story that many years ago in a far-away place, two wanderers were blindfolded and asked to describe an elephant. One grabbed the elephant’s leg and declared the elephant a tree-like animal. The other grasped the elephant’s trunk and declared the elephant snake-like. Thus, neither one could have knowledge of or respect for the elephant’s great size, weight, and memory, or its speed, potential for rage, or gentleness.
Here at the New England Holistic Health Center we do not see you as the sum of your physical parts. Nor do we recognize the arbitrary mind/body separation so commonly subscribed to by western medical practitioners. Instead, holistic practitioners understand that the emotional affects the physical, and the physical affects the emotional. We use prevention and intervention to promote wellness and restore the harmony to the body and mind.
As current research uncovers connections between the nervous system and the immune system, long-practiced holistic methods are confirmed. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine at Harvard University, writes, “Over the past several hundred years, we’ve tended to look at disease as being more or less a function of the physical body, and to look at thoughts, feelings, emotions, and social interactions as being in the domain of the mind...so mind/body connection really has to do with understanding that the mind and body are only artificially separate, that they’ve always been together, and that they have an interactive influence on each other.”
Holistic Healing Facts
Alternative treatments are gaining acceptance by insurance plans. About one-fifth of companies now offer health benefits covering alternative treatments other than chiropractic.
Chiropractic remains the most common form of insured alternative care, covered by 86 percent of employers.
The most frequently used alternative treatments were massage therapy, herbal medicine, chiropractic and relaxation/stress reduction.
Demand for alternative care has grown as employees become more dissatisfied with the traditional treatments and learn more about alternatives.
Most clients used alternative therapy for more than one reason. Improving "overall well-being" and effectiveness in treating the condition topped the list.Based on “Employers Cover Alternative Care,” AHHA (American Holistic Health Association). Read the full article here