“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
Whole Health Practices to Improve Our Lives
Western medicine on the whole takes a dim view of complementary or natural healthcare practices. When someone is ill, the cultural go to solution is to prescribe medication.
But in truth, there is a great deal of research supporting the value and efficacy of many types of alternative and complementary medical practices (CAM) to aid in the healing of ailments, diseases, and disorders, both physical and psychological.
Some of the practices that have yielded quality results are:
- Naturopathic Medicine
- Musical Engagement
- Outdoor Activities
These practices, which can be used in conjunction with one another – and are most effective when used together – help heal the root causes of disease and maintain health. Along with a healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition and reasonable exercise, most health problems, especially those that are lifestyle related, can be prevented or treated using natural forms of medicine and complementary practices.
This is particularly true for addiction and many common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Combining psychotherapy with whole health practices gives outstanding results that improve overall health, increase the quality of life for addicts in recovery, and reduce or alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Further, meditation has been shown to grow new gray matter in the brain, improving both its structure and function.