Tag Archives: alternative medicine

Holistic Medicine as an Art and Science

Holistic medicine can be considered as an art and a science too. The process involves the sum of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. The person is seen as a unique individual and not just a person that is affected by a certain disease or physical condition. All factors in the life of the person have to be considered. These factors involve physical, nutritional, lifestyle, social, environmental, emotional and social components that make up the individual as a whole.

holistic medicine

In general, holistic medicines rely on herbal remedies and natural foods that can prevent and cure different kinds of diseases. The approach is a way different from the traditional medical model that sees the signs and symptoms of diseases. It works by focusing on the root cause of the problem. By knowing where the defects are coming from, the right treatment will be given. Exploring the cause may mean looking into the patient’s posture to getting a new pair of shoes that will allow the patient to walk correctly.

One of the many directives of holistic medicine in Miami is to bring caring and healing together. The essential philosophy of the holistic approach is that health and well-being are two of the most important factors that involve a person as a whole. In order for you to achieve the consistent health and well-being to the fullest, an improvement in your lifestyle, social habits and physical conditions may be necessary. Holistic medicine can make you realize how certain areas of your lives are connected together and if you can manage to keep them in perfect harmony, everything can just get better.

The effectiveness of the holistic treatment primarily depends on you. You have to make the decision to be a better person and make the most out of life in a responsible manner. With the belief that the body, mind and spirit are connected, you must be very careful in each and every aspect of your life. Holistic doctors in Miami can help you achieve the fullest benefits of this art and science combined. Practitioners of holistic medicine would be able to teach people how to make changes and choices that would avoid serious diseases from ever happening.

Holistic medicine’s focus is more on the patient rather than the illness. With this fact, the approach can help create a more loving, diverse and integrated culture of medicine in one way or another.

Advertisements

New Integrative Medicine for Arrhythmia: Electroacupuncture Vs. Traditional Acupuncture in the 21st century

Arrhythmia is the sporadic fluttering of the heart rate that usually lasts 30 seconds, 1 minute or longer. Fatal arrhythmia occurs in association with coronary heart disease, blockage problems in the arteries and valve problems included. Often this is the result of intense physical exertion and becomes even more lethal when combined with drug intoxication as in most cases. Another term for the malignant arrhythmia is ventricular fibrillation. Though considered by many as non-threatening and treatable, the symptoms when taken for granted can be fatal. Alternative medicine has paved the way for it to be treated by undergoing acupuncture therapy. Western medicine having reviewed the effective application and documentation of age old Eastern medicine in treating medical conditions has sought to conduct the clinical testing of acupuncture effectively and for some improve the results by combining the old with new technologies.

Image

Clinical studies done and published by the Shanghai Research Center for Acupuncture and Meridians last 2009 have shown the effective of use of traditional acupuncture for cardiac arrhythmia. 

Acupuncture is defined as a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with hair-thin needles of varying lengths to stimulate certain points on the body or acupoints. Having originated in China, this therapy has been used for thousands of year which with the stimulation of specific acupuncture points, which is said to correct imbalance in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. The balance provides the patient overall wellness and calm bringing vitality back in ones’ life.

In a published abstract by Van Wormer AM, Lindquist R, Sendelback SE of the University of Minnesota last 2008, it was said that according to eight studies reviewed, 87% to 100% of participants converted to normal sinus rhythm after undergoing traditional acupuncture.

Further studies would need to be done for acupuncture to be declared more viable intervention in Western medicine. There is a significant need for standards to be set in treatment protocols, including but not limited to diverse patient population and extensive patient follow-up for long term beneficial effects.

On the other hand, Integrative medicine, also called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) over the last two decades has noticed the increased appreciation and patronage of integrative medical therapies in various health care treatments. 

Image

Electroacupuncture is defined as a form of acupuncture where the use of electric current is made to pass between pairs of acupuncture needs. A more scientific term being used is percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS).

For the time being, there is no sufficient scientific evidence supporting the safety nor efficiency of the said procedure.

Recent studies conducted both in China and in North America show the potential of treating patients with Electroacupuncture. It is said that in the future, this may serve as a replacement for antiarrhythmic in patients who do not want to undergo the traditional form of treatment through drugs which cause several serious side effects.