Persons not Diseases: A Guide to Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine and Holistic Healing
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An outline of the holistic healing approach, written for both general readers and healthcare professionals. Describes how changes to lifestyle and mindset, practice of self-help techniques, and use of complementary therapies can assist coping and recovery from illness. Includes practical guidance, references and case histories. The author has worked as both orthodox doctor and natural therapist. More
Can I help my own recovery by improving my diet, taking more exercise, meditating, having a positive attitude, and reducing my stress levels? Can I use therapies like acupuncture, homoeopathy and herbal medicines as well as drugs and surgery, or even instead of them? Where can I find good information about approaches like these? And why did I get this illness - does it have some meaning and purpose in my life?
Such questions are of vital importance to many of those who are coping with health problems in themselves or in their families, and who want to play an active part in controlling the symptoms and improving the medical prognosis. But many doctors, nurses and other clinicians with an orthodox background feel uncomfortable with them, being unable or unwilling to provide their patients with helpful guidance about 'natural healing' and the 'holistic approach' and sometimes reacting in negative ways when they hear these terms.
Both mainstream treatments and natural therapies can form part of a holistic programme, and it is seldom helpful to regard orthodox and alternative treatments as polar opposites. But the integrative model which combines the best of both is only practised by a few experts in a few centres, so people on the illness 'journey' who choose to depart from the main highway of orthodox treatment sometimes find themselves on a rather lonely path without clear maps or access to support services. This book provides a guide.
Written by an author with wide experience of both orthodox medicine and natural therapies, it gives a broad overview of holistic healing. The emphasis is on self-help methods which can be used either on their own or alongside mainstream medicine or surgery. It is written for anyone who is dealing with sickness from day to day, whether in their own personal lives or through their work. The style and content, combining practical guidance and clinical case examples with references to background theory and research, is designed to suit both lay readers and healthcare professionals.