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Holistic Medicines and Stress

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 6 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Holistic medicines – and therapies – are designed to treat the whole person as opposed to just the illness a person is suffering from.Some of these therapies and complimentary medicines date back thousands of years to the early Greeks and Egyptians at a time when prescription medication, the likes of which we use today, were not even thought of.

Many people nowadays subscribe to holistic medicines as a way forward; a step away from conventional healthcare and a step closer to receiving treatment that will empower the whole body as opposed to just reliving pain in a particular area.

Holistic Therapies

These holistic – or complimentary therapies – include:
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Positive Thinking
Of course this is not an exhaustive list of the holistic medicines and therapies that are available today, there are also therapies that deal with the use of herbal remedies and crystals.

How These Therapies Help With Stress

People suffering from stress find these holistic medicines a good alternative to more conventional medicines and often feel some benefit as a result.Their purpose is to promote a well body experience and, as part of the body, the mind is an important – if not the most important factor.

Practitioners of complimentary therapies have found that the results gained from their therapies are on a par with those of conventional remedies. However, there are those amongst us who would say that these complimentary remedies are suggestive and individuals suffering from psychosomatic illnesses are more susceptible to them, hence their apparent success.

Whether this is the case or not it is important to recognise the nature of these remedies and therapies for what they are and that is a wide and varied selection of treatments that seem to bring much needed relief and freedom from stress and anxiety that conventional medication can only allude to.As well as offering the sufferer the chance to alleviate their condition these therapies also promote relaxation techniques, which prove useful in the reduction of their conditions.

Relaxation techniques not only promote the ability to relax one’s body and mind but also promote a feeling of calm and peaceful well being that is not necessarily present when undertaking a course of prescription medication.

Many regions now have their own practitioners and indeed the properties and successes of holistic medicine and complimentary therapies are acknowledged by the British Medical Association (BMA) who themselves hold lists of registered practitioners in the United Kingdom.

Sharing in Therapies

Also, it is worth mentioning that not only the individual suffering from stress can take part in these therapies; their partners or friends can as well and this helps promote understanding for a range of remedies and treatments that has been both praised and ridiculed. The nature of these treatments can sometimes provoke criticism or ridicule among those who have never tried them and are convinced that conventional medication and treatment is the only way to treat an illness.

But it is only fair to say that any remedy or treatment that brings about a reduction in stress or anxiety cannot and should not be sneered at.

For a list of the practitioners of holistic medicine in your area you can contact your local library your GP or NHS Direct. You will also find lists of these practitioners online.

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