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WHY PATIENTS ARE DEMANDING HOLISTIC HEALING AND WHY HEALTHCARE NEEDS TO CATCH UP

Source; https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2018/01/19/patients-are-demanding-holistic-healing-and-healthcare-needs-catch

 

The movement toward holistic healing is radically reshaping healthcare. Healthcare professionals around the globe are realizing the benefits of holistic healing and integrative medicine as more patients demonstrate an interest in taking steps to prevent illness. The National Institutes of Health has estimated that over a third of Americans report having utilized some form of alternative medicine. As a result, various associations and schools have recognized the growing need to train and develop the next generation of healthcare professionals with the skills necessary to deliver natural, evidence-based solutions.

Overview of Holistic Healing
 

Holistic healing is the science and art of healing that addresses an individual’s whole person — body, mind, and overall wellness. Central to holistic care is a philosophy based on the idea of holism that views a person’s whole body as being greater than the sum of its parts.

Holistic care encompasses a wide range of approaches, including complimentary treatment, self-help, communication, education, and medication. This form of healthcare stands in stark contrast to Western methods that focus most extensively on relieving the symptoms, whereas holistic care seeks to unearth the underlying causes of diseases. A diagnosis is offered only after the patient’s holistic medical history, holistic health score sheet, physical exam, and lab data have been thoroughly evaluated.

In holistic healing, care providers teach their patients preventive techniques and help them develop their own innate healing capabilities. Practitioners of holistic healing educate and help their patients understand the importance of the mind-body connection. This principle stems from the belief that the underlying cause of the disease can be emotional stress and trauma caused by various triggers; the goal is to heal the mind in order to heal the body.

The relationship between physician and patient is vital to recovery. Holistic healthcare physicians lead their patients by example; they show respect for human dignity and consider their patients’ thoughts, emotions, attitudes, opinions, and cultures as being vital to patient satisfaction, happiness, and recovery. Patients are encouraged to take part in the decision-making process, further deepening and strengthening the patient-physician relationship.

Care treatment options offered by trained and licensed Holistic care practitioners include treatments based around diet, exercise, behavioral modifications, counseling, homeopathy, acupuncture, non-invasive form of acupuncture called acupressure, combined with massage is called Tuina a form of *Chinese Ancient Manual Medicine*, western herbal medicine is often called Herbalism, biomolecular therapies, Hydrotherapy,  physical therapy, supplements, and non-invasive Energetic surgery, just to name a few.

Holistic healthcare professionals deliver care across a wide variety of settings and practices, depending on the personality quite often and the path that practitioner has been on will create their style and 'flavour' if you will in regards to their bedside manner. Not to say they will be by your bed at home, unless you have hired in house sessions due to mobility & environmental conditions. Practitioners who are committed to your case will do whatever they can to assist in enabling you to your full Healing potential, as long as you are WILLING TO FACE YOUR SHADOW WORK involved; such as learning new eating habits that help instead of hurt your avatar, or facing your own issues that are holding you back from gaining your goals, we are here to assist in the WHOLISM APPROACH to HOLISTIC HEALTH. From massage therapy to acupuncture, holistic nursing, and nutrition, the thread weaving, to Holistic Esthetics these practices together is the belief in the potential of natural, evidence-based care.

Today, holistic care is a $37 billion-a-year business. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) showed that nearly 40 percent of American adults and 12 percent of children have used some form of alternative medicine. Healthcare providers and associations have taken note. A survey released in 2011 found that over 42 percent of responding hospitals offer one or more complementary or alternative medicine therapies.

How it is influencing healthcare

The growing interest in holistic healing is contributing to personalization in care delivery — also known as person-centered medicine (PCM). An article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) defines PCM as “medical science which places the person as a physical, psychological, and spiritual entity at the center of healthcare and of the therapeutic process.” In many ways, PCM runs contrary to the dominant Western medical approach that views the cell as the basic unit of life.

As a central aspect of holistic healing, personalized care is revolutionizing the patient care process. According to Deloitte’s 2016 Consumer Priorities in Health Care Survey, the first priority of healthcare consumers is personalization expected via providers. Personalized care demonstrated through a partnership between consumers and providers is considered vital in determining the most effective treatment, according to 75 percent of survey respondents. Furthermore, 1 in 3 consumers would like their providers to encourage them to question and research prescribed treatments. Holistic healing practitioners have a unique advantage in being the leaders of this trend in healthcare delivery.

The opportunities for holistic healthcare professionals

According to a CDC National Health Statistics Report, 17.1 percent of Americans suffering from back pain use a complementary therapy. Those suffering from chronic back, neck, or knee pain turn to acupuncture and/or massage therapy as an alternative to pain relievers and opioids. Various spas and wellness centers across the U.S. are responding to the growing demand for holistic healing by offering Tuina Chinese massage, Japanese massage, and Thai massage.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has recognized the benefits of acupuncture and all Ancient Chinese healthcare Practices such as their TCM umbrella which has become their packaged format of their ancient theories wrapped up together to formulate a healthcare practice that is by now known across the world. The organization recently issued new guidelines recommending acupuncture/acupressure over opioids for treating pain. Additionally, CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics published a review in 2011 that showed acupuncture/acupressure are comparable alternatives to cognitive behavioral therapy in treating anxiety.

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) defines holistic nursing as “all nursing practices that has healing the whole person as its goal.” Modern holistic nursing is based on Florence Nightingale’s principles of holism: wellness, unity, and the interrelationship of human beings and their environment. The American Nursing Association (ANA) has recognized holistic nursing as a nursing specialty, and a growing number of hospitals are incorporating holistic healing principles into nursing care.

 

Careers

The career possibilities for holistic healing professionals are expanding. Massage therapy, for example, is experiencing rapid growth, with an expected 22 percent increase in jobs between 2014 and 2024. Approximately 50 percent of massage practitioners in the U.S. work part-time or are self-employed. Work environments can include spas, hotels, resorts, hospitals, cruise lines, private practices, medicine and physical therapy clinics, cancer centers, and private practice.

There were an estimated 30,000 licensed, practicing Acupuncturists & Holistic Practitioners using Acupressure Therapy (AT) according to a report by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine published in January 2014. These health practitioners practice across a wide variety of settings, including spas, clinics, hospitals, physical therapy and chiropractor offices, educational institutions, national and state agencies, and private practice.

The nursing profession is experiencing a faster-than-average national job outlook growth rate of 16 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. Holistic nurses are attentive to an individual’s health, encompassing mental, emotional, and physical well-being. They can gain employment at hospitals, private practices, birthing centers, and integrated medical facilities, as well as privately out of patients’ homes. Unique to holistic nursing is the opportunity to practice holistic care within all nursing specialties.

Regardless of which specialization holistic healing practitioners may choose, they are responding to healthcare’s shifting landscape and addressing the industry’s biggest problems by combining holistic healing with integrative medicine. Above all, they are answering the call to exceed patient expectations.

The future of healthcare is holistic healing.

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What are the different types of CAM?

complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Many parts and different kinds of CAM to be found, all over the world. In addition, many parts of one field may overlap with the parts of another field. 

 

Examples of CAM include:

  • Traditional alternative medicine. This field includes the more mainstream and accepted forms of therapy, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and Oriental practices. These therapies have been practiced for centuries worldwide. Traditional alternative medicine may include:

    • Acupuncture

    • Acupressure

    • Tuina

    • Ayurveda

    • Homeopathy

    • Naturopathy

    • Holistic Healthcare

    • Vibrational Medicine

    • Metaphysical Sciences

    • Natural Health Sciences

    • The 9 Rites of the Munay Ki

    • Chinese or Oriental medicine

    • Traditional Chinese Spirit Medicine

  • Body. Touch has been used in medicine since the early days of medical care. Healing by touch is based on the idea that illness or injury in one area of the body can affect all parts of the body. If, with manual manipulation, the other parts can be brought back to optimum health, the body can fully focus on healing at the site of injury or illness. Body techniques are often combined with those of the mind. Examples of body therapies include:

    • Chiropractic and osteopathic medicine

    • Massage

    • Body movement therapies

    • Tai chi

    • Yoga

    • YoQi

  • Diet and herbs. Over the centuries, man has gone from a simple diet consisting of meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains, to a diet that often consists of foods rich in fats, oils, and complex carbohydrates. Nutritional excess and deficiency have become problems in today's society, both leading to certain chronic diseases. Many dietary and herbal approaches attempt to balance the body's nutritional well-being. Dietary and herbal approaches may include:

    • Dietary supplements

    • Herbal medicine

    • Nutrition/diet

  • External energy. Some people believe external energies from objects or other sources directly affect a person's health. An example of external energy therapy is:

    • Electromagnetic therapy

    • Reiki

    • Qigong

  • Mind. Even standard or conventional medicine recognizes the power of the connection between mind and body. Studies have found that people heal better if they have good emotional and mental health. Therapies using the mind may include:

    • Meditation

    • Biofeedback

    • Hypnosis

  • Senses. Some people believe the senses, touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste, can affect overall health. Examples of therapies incorporating the senses include:

    • Art, dance, and music

    • Visualization and guided imagery

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