Holistic Terminology Pt 1
If you are unclear about many terms that are connected to holistic medicine and pain relief then read on for
your own personal education when it comes to these matters. The more you know, the better off you will be.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a Chinese method of healing that dates back thousands of years. It
involves the insertion of very small sterile needles into specific areas of the body known as acupuncture points
that belong on meridians of the body.
Acupuncture is effective at relieving pain in a number of different instances and it has been used for centuries
to improve both the health as well as the welfare of its patients. There are approximately 1,000 (and some say
2,000) points known as acupoints on the body that are able to be stimulated by way of the practice of
Alternative Medicine: Alternative medicine has been defined as, A group of diverse medical and
health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.
Alternative medicine takes into account many types of holistic therapies that can work as complements to
conventional Western medicine. Some of these therapies include acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic, massage,
homeopathy, hypnotherapy, etc.
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils made from plant sources that are able
to be used in one form or other to relieve pain and to enhance or improve an individuals health and well-being.
Aromatherapy is beneficial for both the body and the mind. Sometimes aromatherapy is combined in conjunction with
other holistic therapies such as massage. In this case it is known as aromatherapy massage.
Ayurveda: Ayurveda first came out of India over 2,000 years ago and is believed to be one of
the oldest as well as one of the most complete medical systems in the world. Ayurveda stands for Science of Life
and its focus is equally on the mind, body and spirit. The main goal of Ayurveda is to restore the harmony and
natural balance of an individual. Ayurveda often consists of a number of different elements for healing such as
modifications to diet, physical fitness, yoga, herbal tonics, massage, meditation and other types of
Today's Holistic Tip for Pain
Cancer Pain ReliefMost individuals are taught to breath from their chests but this then causes irregular and shallow breathing that is slow and causes carbon dioxide to leave the lungs too swiftly, which can then create more tension in both the body and the mind. Diaphragm breathing is healthier and more beneficial to the body. When it comes to diaphragm breathing, breathing is even and consistent and more breaths are taken in and can be breathed deeper and more fully into the lungs. Deep breathing does not just involve the lungs but also the lower ribcage, the back and the stomach. Diaphragm breathing creates a response from the nervous system that is called the "relaxation response" because it makes it possible for the body to be soothed, calmed and relaxed and allows for a sense of peace and well being which is akin to mediation. relief treatment
Biofeedback: Biofeedback is when a person is connected to a monitoring device of
one sort or another and this device shows such things as breathing patterns, brain wave activity, activity of the
muscles, the pulse, the function of the sweat glands, blood pressure and the temperature of the skin and this is
all in relation to how a patient responds to techniques for relaxation such as meditation. Biofeedback has been
shown effective at relieving stress and symptoms related to stress as well as decreasing the incidence of
headaches, controlling the incidence of asthma attacks, relieving a variety of types of pain and reconditioning
muscles that have been previously injured.
Biologically Based Therapies: Biologically based therapies is the name given to
alternative and holistic treatments that make use of natural substances that are readily available in nature for
treatment purposes or else they make use of some other form of natural therapy.
Don't exercise if it causes you back pain, but do try to do as
much as you can to stay active. An immobile lifestyle can contribute to back pain, as well as other
Some examples of these types of therapies include the Bates method, Chinese food therapy, fasting, Herbal
therapy, macrobiotic lifestyle, natural health, natural therapy which includes diet and food as well as dietary
supplements and exercise, naturopathy, orthomolecular medicine and urine therapy.