Integrative Health & Healing
Integrative or holistic health models are by no means recent inventions. Integrative
Health simply means the integration of conventional, and complementary and alternative
health care (CAHC) options for addressing the body, mind and spirit, as well
as the environment and relationships with others. Integrative health focuses
mainly on wellness, health promotion, and the healing process. Some will say
also, that Integrative health and healing focuses particularly on three important
facets of healing - Nourishment, Detoxification and Regeneration with unity
of body, mind and spirit. Below we will take a quick look at each of these individually.
Unbeknownst to many, our bodies have an enormous innate healing capacity. This
then raises the question, What blocks this healing power in chronically ill
patients? To answer using one word - Toxins. The overload of toxins exceeds
the body's ability to self-heal. Thus, the simplest solution is detoxification,
a concept which is almost foreign to modern conventional medicine, but very
familiar to all ancient and holistic medical traditions. Detoxifiers, tonifiers,
purgatives and emetics all form a part of the detoxifying process, and there
are typically four routes of elimination of toxins in the body - the kidneys,
lungs, colon and the skin. For deeper levels of healing, emotional release,
mind-set adjustment, and spiritual cleansing must accompany the physical processes
of detoxification. Chronic stress for example will have a negative impact on
the detoxification process.
The body is literally 'full of holes' after detoxification. In biology,
regeneration is the ability to recreate lost or damaged tissues, organs and
limbs. In the holistic medicine world, regeneration is simply the process by
which the body reduilds itself after detoxification. Key components of regeneration
include good nutrients and positive thoughts. There are also many powerful ancient
and modern regeneration techniques. A good example of an ancient regeneration
technique is Kaya Regeneration (also called Ela Kizhi) - from the ancient South
Asian tradition of Siddha Vaidya. This technique simulates burn without actually
producing sensations of pain and discomfort. This then causes the body to produce
growth factors, hormones, neurotransmitters, cytokines and other "messengers"
associated with wound healing and tissue regeneration.
For the body to detoxify and regenerate properly, sufficient nutrients must
be provided. Proper food and nutrition is one of the most essential living elements
for human existence. Undoubtedly too, there is a strong and obvious relationship
between diet and states of health and disease. In general, eating a variety
of fresh, whole (unprocessed) foods has proven hormonally and metabolically
favourable compared to eating a monotonous diet based on processed foods. Fast
food in particular has contributed to an under-nourishment epidemic in many
developing countries. On the other hand, fresh, whole foods provide higher amounts
and a more favourable balance of essential and vital nutrients per unit of energy,
resulting in better management of cell growth, maintenance, and mitosis (cell
division) as well as of appetite and energy balance. A generally more regular
eating pattern (e.g. eating medium-sized meals every 3 to 4 hours) has also
proven more hormonally and metabolically favourable than infrequent, haphazard
A quick look at complementary and alternative therapies
Complementary describes treatments that are used with conventional medical treatment.
An example of a complementary therapy is massage. Alternative therapies are
described as those used instead of conventional medical treatment. An example
of an alternative therapy is homeopathy. Integrative health is a blend of the
best practices from conventional, complementary and alternative therapies.
- Alternative Medical Systems
- Mind-Body medicine
- Biologically Based Therapies
- Manipulative and Body-Based Methods
- Energy Therapies
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