"I shall be whole"
Alternative medicine has increasingly begun to be referred
to by other terms:complementary medicine, integrative medicine, and
holistic medicine. In essence, all these terms point to the same medical
goal - treating patients from the most comprehensive perspective by addressing
all of the multiple factors (physical, environmental, mental/emotional,
social, and spiritual) that play a role in both health and disease. Such
a holistic, "whole person" approach to health care is the opposite of symptom-care,
which is the focus of conventional, allopathic medicine.
"Alternative Medicine" Means
In its broadest sense, the term alternative medicine is
used simply to denote approaches to health and healing that do not rely
on drugs, surgery,
and/or other conventional medical procedures for treating illness. The
underlying concepts of alternative medicine are far older than those
of conventional , allopathic medicine, and have, in fact, infused various
healing traditions around the world since the dawn of recorded history.
early as 5,000 B.C.E., "physician sages" formulating
the healing traditions of both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and
Ayurvedic medicine from
India recognized that human beings were comprised of body, mind , and
spirit, and that health represented a harmonious balance within all three
aspects of existence, as well as the free flow of invisible vital energy
(known as qi in China and prana in India) throughout
the various body systems.
The Best of
It is important to recognize that practioners of alternative medicine
are not opposed to conventional medical practices, and do not hesitate
to employ them (either in their own practice or through referrals
to conventional M.D.'s) when appropriate. This is especially true
when dealing with patients faced with acute, life threatening illnesses
or injuries. Both systems of medicine have much to offer, and the
wisest form of health care is one which makes use of them in an integrated
manner that most fully meets patient needs.
The following 12 principles, established by the board of trustees
of the American Holistic Medical association, lie at the heart of
the new paradigm of health care that is emerging in the 21st century.
physicians embrace a variety of safe, effective diagnostic and
treatment options. These include education for lifestyle changes
and self-care, complementary diagnostic and treatment approaches,
and conventional drugs and surgery.
for the underlying causes of disease is preferable to treating
physicians expend as much effort in establishing what kind of patient
has a disease as they do in establishing what disease a patient
is preferable to treatment and is usually more cost-effective.
The most cost-effective approach evokes the patient's own innate
- Illness is
viewed as a manifestation of a dysfunction to the whole person,
not as an isolated event.
- A major determining
factor in the healing process is the quality of the relationship
established between the patient and physician, in which the patient
is encouraged to take responsibility for his or her health.
- The ideal
physician-patient relationship considers the needs, desires, awareness,
and insight of the patient, as well as of the physician.
significantly influence patients by their example.
pain, and the dying process can be learning opportunities for both
patients and physicians.
physicians encourage their patients to evoke the healing power
of love, hope, humor, and enthusiasm, and to release the toxic
consequences of hostility, shame, greed, depression, and prolonged
fear, anger, and grief.
love is life's most powerful medicine. Holistic physicians strive
to adopt an attitude of unconditional love for patients, themselves,
and other practioners.
- Optimal health
is much more than the absence of sickness. It is the conscious
pursuit of the highest qualities of the physical, environmental,
mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of human experience.
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the place in you in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light,
and of peace. When you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
We are One.
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