Homeopathy and Holistic… What They Mean

I’ve had clients and others continue to confuse the two, so I thought I’d share some in-depth information about both Homeopathy and Holistic medicine.

 

“Homeopathy or homœopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people. Homeopathy is a pseudoscience – a belief that is incorrectly presented as scientific. Homeopathic preparations are not effective for treating any condition; large-scale studies have found homeopathy to be no more effective than a placebo, indicating that any positive effects that follow treatment are due to factors su…”

Read more on Wikipedia 

There is the significant scientific debate on the effectiveness of homeopathy, so much so that even the FDA hasn’t gotten involved (yet). That might be changing due to some toxic events that have occurred from bad actors. There are some people that believe deeply in homeopathy, but this belief may be based on products with more active ingredients, versus the system that is about significant dilution to the point of no molecules of the active ingredient even involved. The lack of standards in this practice is its greatest flaw and should be a warning to all consumers.

There have been over 1,800 studies that have proven homeopathy to be ineffective, and even go as far as to say a danger to those who follow this system. The greatest risk isn’t what it claims to do… because in theory, it can’t hurt drinking water. It’s more of what it contains that can hurt you, like the early FDA studies of products containing high amounts of zinc. Taking a placebo is fine, and if it helps you feel better I’m all for it. I suggest you verify all the ingredients and their amounts before you take anything. Make informed choices about your health.

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health — the primary goal of holistic medicine practice — by gaining proper balance in life.

You are a total organism and failing to address all aspects affected by the imbalance will affect your overall wellness and cause delays in healing. An excellent example of this is the emotional state of a person after a traumatic injury. Studies have shown that psychological stress affects wound healing. The goal of holistic healing is optimized health and that a body that’s balanced will be healthy and recover faster.

That article (link above) is wonderful but long. Please read it. To summarize though… a variety of wounds were tested and both emotional state, and pain, affect how well and quickly a wound heals. It’s believed that the biological, and biochemical response to these emotional states (and pain) change the healing factors.

This is one aspect of holistic healing… the emotional state, or resilience. It’s also indicative of how the body functions as a whole unit. Everything we experience affects us… how we respond to that affects our health and wellbeing. Holistic medicine considers the whole you and works towards balance and optimized health. It does not conflict with scientific theories, western or eastern medicine, spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof)… instead it seeks a balance for the individual and a healthy state of all aspects.

Whether your doctor practices holistic medical response, or you have a coach, your outcome to healing is benefitted by medical intervention aligned with emotional stability and resilience support. Optimized health includes that, along with nutrition and spiritual wellness.

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