CHAPTER 5: COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH PRACTICESMolly Sneesby
COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH PRACTICES “Health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of well-being in which the body, mind, and spirit are balanced” (page 67). Sickness and how we treat it affect our entire bodies, not just one specific part. Human energy flow can be affected by disease or treatment. Every one can heal themselves. Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal. We may choose complementary health practices because they encourage self-care and prevention rather than just treatment. They may be safer, more effective or less expensive. Can be very helpful when combined with conventional practices.
HERBAL MEDICINE AND ACUPUNCTURE Herbal medicine has Acupuncture and spinal been used for centuries adjustment are useful in many cultures. for post-operative It is expensive, has nausea, morning inconsistent quality and sickness and recurrent is not standardized. headaches. FDA put guidelines in Every day habits, place but they are trauma, strain and voluntary. tension can cause misalignment. Common medicines: St. John’s Wort, Gingko and garlic.
MEDITATIONMeditation is the intentional paying of attention from moment to moment. Yoga and T’ai Chi are popular forms of meditation. Yoga involves poses and breathing exercises. T’ai Chi involves moving meditation that balances a person’s flow of energy.
SPIRITUAL HEALING Taking care of our spiritual well-being differs from person to person. People may go to churches, synagogues, s hrines. People may attribute “Spirit” may refer tononmaterial beings, a healing to a non-physical person’s entity, a group, or an soul, emotions, or a individual. person’s inner core.
ENERGY HEALING AND HOMEOPATHYEnergy healing refers to Homeopathy is medicine therapeutic touch. that uses A practitioner channels plants, minerals, or energy to help the animals in order to healing process in stimulate healing. another person. A homeopath will ask The practitioner moves about your their hands over the eating, sleeping habits patient’s body at a and physical and distance in an effort to emotional state. affect energy fields. After a homeopathic Reiki and polarity therapy remedy is used are largely used. symptoms usually become worse before they improve.
CHOOSING A THERAPY OR PROVIDER A person can ask for a referral from their health care provider, friends or family. Practitioners should be willing to listen and teach you skills to improve your health. If treatment does not help after a few months, try something else.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: Which complementary health practice would you be most willing to try? Why?