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What The Mind Believes The Body Achieves

By Pamela Shenk, CHt

What does acupuncture, Rolfing, yoga, hypnosis and aromatherapy all have in common? They are all alternatives to traditional medicine. This is the essence of what holistic medicine has to offer. Among its principle tenants is that mind and body are interdependent and everything may affect one’s health.


Over the years, many physicians have included a number of holistic practices with the practice of traditional medicine by treating the body, mind and spirit. Think of the holistic approach as a cause and effect analogy. If one part of your mind and/or body is out of alignment, it can affect another part of your mind/body.


Let’s say you go to your physician with a migraine. Before giving you a pill to alleviate the symptoms of the migraine, he or she may want to find out what’s going on in your life. Things such as stress, diet, relationship issues, etc. will factor into the assessment. Once they obtain that information, they may prescribe massage, acupuncture, or hypnosis in addition to a prescription (pill) for treatment. In some cases, they may recommend a completely holistic approach, without prescribing anything.


You see, what the mind believes, the body achieves and healing is a team approach. Holistic treatment involves finding and fixing the cause, not just alleviating the symptoms. First, you need to participate in your own healing process. In addition, it is always good to have a strong support team cheering you on. With the internet, patient education is also a lot easier than it used to be. Before rushing to get pills or surgery, do some research on your own, be an informed consumer. This way when you visit your physician, you will be prepared to ask him/her about some of the information you found on the web. With that being said, keep in mind that there is also misleading information on the web. So you should discuss your findings with your physician. Having that faith and trust in your medical professional team to treat the whole person, as well as participating in your own healing process, is so important when resolving your medical issues.


This holistic approach is why many of your bariatric physicians and surgeons require psychological testing, nutrition and exercise classes to assist you with your journey.


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