Holistic Care Today
Holistic care is the emphasis of overall well-being (both physical and emotional), with an emphasis on maintaining health, not just curing ailments. Allopathic medicine aims to combat disease by using remedies (such as drugs or surgery), whereas osteopathy takes a holistic perspective on the practice of medicine. It’s based on the theory that diseases are due mostly to loss of structural integrity, which can be restored by treating the ‘whole patient’ (mind-body-spirit) – and supplemented by therapeutic measures (such as use of drugs or surgery).”
Traditional Chinese Medicine
One of the most influential holistic care approaches is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which dates to 1766 B.C. TCM is based on the idea that health is a reflection of energy that flows within the body and between the body and one’s external environment. Optimal health results when these forms of energy are balanced and their flow unimpeded. Energy medicine practitioners are trained to sense and to visualize energy circulation within people and within the patterns of their life, with special attention to energy deficiencies, excesses, and obstructions.
Energy Vibration Healing
Holistic Care includes any energetic vibrational healing interacting with the biological being to bring the body back to homeostasis.” In other words, healing must take place not only on the physical realm, but the mind and spirit must also work in conjunction with the body to help it heal. “Energy Medicine does not take the place of allopathic medicine,” Holistic Health Care compliments the current healthcare paradigm by teaching and incorporating self-care, self-responsibility and mindfulness through self-awareness.
Energy medicine as part of holistic care is gaining popularity as a means of preventing and maintaining good physical and emotional health. As of 2017, over 38 percent of American adults (4 in 10) and approximately 12 percent of American children (1 in 9) use some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), according to The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States. There are hundreds of various energy healing modalities, the most popular are meditation, deep breathing, massage, yoga, and Reiki. In fact, there are three recognized CAM health care categories:
- Alternative Health Care– prefers Complementary care over Traditional
- Complementary Health Care– combines both Complementary and Traditional care
- Integrative Health Care– combines both Complementary and Traditional care, but also includes lifestyle, community and work/life balances
American Are Incorporating Holistic Care Practices
According to data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) released in November 2018, more people are turning to mind and body and holistic care approaches than ever before. Results show that the number of American adults and children using yoga and meditation has significantly increased over previous years and the use of chiropractic has increased modestly for adults and held steady for children. Today, more than 14 percent of U.S. adults use yoga and more than 10 percent use chiropractors. Overall, nearly 4 in 10 Americans (and 8 in 10 people worldwide) use therapies such as chiropractic, relaxation therapies (such as meditation, yoga and reflexology) and energy medicine (such as acupuncture, chakras balancing or energy medicine and reiki healing) to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual health (NCC, 2012).
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