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Holistic Healing – How Does It Work?

July 10, 2017

After the death of my adopted daughter about 25 years ago, I found myself unable to function. I went to the doctor and found out I had autoimmune disease. After a couple of years on oral chemotherapy (which was doing a great deal of damage as it was helping me), I decided to start what turned out to be my first in a long line of holistic approaches to healing. And heal I did!


Holistic healing is something everyone can do for themselves and with experienced practitioners. It is also something that we can help our clients do. Holistic healing tends to the needs of a person’s mind, emotions, body, and soul … to start. It means treating all interconnected parts of the whole person, not just a few here and there, and not just symptoms of something undesirable or unhealthy. Holistic healing focuses on helping our minds, feelings, bodies, and souls do what they were meant to do … flourish and live in a state of health and happiness.


Whether you are looking for help within yourself, or treating clients with mental health disorders – including substance use – there are several avenues you can explore. Remember that one size does not fit all, all the time, so learn and try out those approaches which appeal to you. You may or may not experience quick results, and sometimes we require different approaches at different times. Stay open-minded and do not give up! Here are a few:

  1. Acupuncture – the practitioner uses procedures to stimulate the body at certain biomeridians with very thin needles or electrical stimulation. Studies have found this especially helpful with chronic pain and depression as well as in other ways.

  2. Aromatherapy – essentials oils (concentrated extracts from roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants) are trending! There is a reason for this – it is very helpful to people in the promotion of healing, relaxing, inflammation, fighting infections, and much more.

  3. Ayurvedic Medicine – originally practiced in India, practitioners use multi-modal techniques to heal, including diet, massage, herbs, and more to balance the body, mind, and spirit.  

  4. Chiropractic Care – adjustments at various positions of the body are meant to restore mobility, loosen muscles, and can relieve a great deal of pain and enable the tissues to heal.

  5. Homeopathy – it works a great deal like a vaccine, only has many more applications! It treats “like with like,” meaning that a very tiny, diluted amount of something (or simply using the electromagnetic signature of the substance) that is causing a problem in larger amounts can induce the body to heal.

  6. Reflexology – the practitioner applies pressure to certain areas, usually on the feet, or sometimes the hands or ears. These points (biomeridians) correspond to different parts of the body and the pressure can facilitate the body to heal itself.

  7. Tapping – this has come into its own in the scientific community, or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Tapping is a psychological acupressure technique which can optimize your physical and emotional health. It can remove negative emotions, reduce food cravings, reduce/eliminate pain, and help to implement positive goals.

  8. Anti-Inflammatory Eating – Certain foods tend to reduce or promote inflammation in the body. Those that promote inflammation can and do affect moods and behavior dramatically, as well as impair physical and even spiritual function. Look for information on Wheat Belly or Paleo – these are two of the most popular, trending dietary styles at present!

Whether you are in the mental health field, or coaching, or in any other type of profession - even business - healing yourself and helping others learn how to heal can only bring more inner happiness, absence of pain, even and positive moods, which increases productivity and life satisfaction.



Try it – you might like it!


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