September 2, 2014

POU Weekly Health Thread: Holistically Healthy

Am I the only one that wasn’t really sure what exactly “Holistic Health” meant? I thought I knew, but I really didn’t.

According to the wiki:

Holistic health is a concept in medical practice upholding that all aspects of people’s needs, psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. As defined above, the holistic view on treatment is widely accepted in medicine.  A different definition, claiming that disease is a result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance, is used in alternative medicine.

See, I thought “holistic” and “alternative” were interchangeable – not necessarily so.

Some of the practices of alternative holistic health include, but are not limited to:

Now, I’m a pretty conventional type, so the whole acupuncture, homeopathy thing would be REALLY different for me. And I am sure, contrary to what Mista Rastafarian man told me in the holistic store on Lowery Blvd (it certainly SMELLED holistic), that marijuana is NOT an herbal supplement/remedy for pain. I’ll stick to my 800mg of Tylenol for my cramps thank you very much. HOWEVER! I am open to experimenting with natural ways to cure small things like headaches, cramps, etc in the future. I don’t want to be popping pills all my life.

So have any of you switched from more traditional medicines to natural remedies and see definite improvements in how your body reacts, performs? Have you tried acupuncture or have regular massages to relieve pain?

When I visited the Midtown Wellness Center for my colonic, there were quite a few services that I knew nothing about that were on their menu of holistic treatments.

Ear Candling – Ear candling originated in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, India, China, Tibet,and Native American cultures thousands of years ago. All of these cultures utilized ear candling in healing and in spiritual purification. These ancient cultures used papyrus reeds, corn stalks, clay tubes with double helixes carved into them, and in more recent times, rolled newspaper dipped in wax. Ear candling is a safe, effective, relaxing way to remove wax, yeast and debris from the ear canal.

Reflexology- – Reflexology is a holistic and non-invasive approach to mind/body therapy. Various points on the feet correspond to the organs and centers of the body. Put your feet up and enjoy.

I’m gonna try the Reflexology and report back.

What say you? What have you tried in the way of holistic health? Willing to try one of these regimens? Share!

 

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  • http://winthemarket.com/the-spontaneous-healing-plan/ woody45

    Thank you for this. In recent years I’ve had way more success with holistic medicine than the traditional. However as of this writing I still refuse to put needles in my scalp.

    • Miranda

      LOL – I can’t go there either!

    • Aquagranny911

      It’s not that bad. It doesn’t hurt. When I had it done, it was only six needles and none went in my scalp.

    • Aquagranny911

      It’s not that bad. It doesn’t hurt. When I had it done, it was only six needles and none went in my scalp.

  • sagittarius

    Hi, Miranda!

    I love this series.

    I am not an over-the-counter medicine taker. Folks know… if I’m popping OTC meds, I am REALLY SICK! If I have a (rare) headache, it is usually allergy related or the air is too dry. I will go lie down with the humidifier running. For a migraine (also rare for me) I will go lie down in a dark room with a towel over my head.

    I have arthritic knees, due to ten years walking on concrete at a convention center. I am in the process of taking the weight off… but I’ve also learned that staying consistently hydrated by keeping the water content high in my body relieves some of the joint pain. In this current weight loss journey, I am drinking between a 1/2 gallon and 3/4 gallon of water per day. How do I know when I am consistently hydrated? When I take multiple trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. When I am dehydrated, my body is not letting go of the water.

    • Aquagranny911

      Have you tried also taking glucosamine? It’s a natural supplement that has really helped my Hubby with his joint pain & mobility. Don’t take it if you are allergic to shell fish, though.

      • sagittarius

        Hi, AQ!

        I attempted to take glucosamine about 6 years ago and I had trouble remembering to take it every day, so I’ve not had the chance to find out if it will work for me.

        • MonieTalks

          Try Joint Juice.
          It delivers 1500mg of Glucosamine and 200mg of Chrondrotin in an 8 fl oz supplement drink (cran pomegranate flavor). So you can grab that as your first drink in the morning.

          http://tryjointjuice.com/

          • Aquagranny911

            Great idea! Hubby seldom forgets his glucosamine because he takes BP meds at breakfast.

          • sagittarius

            Thanks, Monie… I will try it!

    • Admiral_Komack

      Taking the weight off will definitely help your knees.

      Five years ago, I weighed 281 lbs. at a height of 5 ft., 9 inch (48 inch waist).

      I am still at a height of 5 ft., 9 inches, but I now weigh 185 lbs. (depending on the cut of the pants, 32-34 inch waist).

      My knees do not bother me like they used to because of less stress on the knees (less weight), in my opinion.

      If I can do it, I know you can.

      Thanks to a wonderful physician, I lost the weight (she was the catalyst).

      I also try to keep my weight within a 10-pound range [I had wanted to get down to 165 lbs, but my doctor and my sister were not keen on me doing it-women-whadda gonna do? :-)].
      After talking with my doctor, we “agreed” to 170-180 lbs.
      I’ve recently bumped it up to 175-185 lbs (it feels more comfortable, but I haven’t told my doctor yet).

      I also keep tabs on my blood pressure.

      I hope this helps you.

      • sagittarius

        Thanks, Admiral for sharing your story. You definitely provide more inspiration and encouragement to keep on this journey!

  • Aquagranny911

    Great diary! Years ago I had some acupuncture treatments for lingering pain from a bad car accident, at my chiropractor’s advice. It was nothing like the picture here. Just six needles that didn’t hurt at all, more a tingling sensation. It really worked for me. I’m kind of surprised that chiropractic wasn’t included with these other holistic or alternative therapies but I guess it has become a lot more main stream now.

    I do meditation & relaxation because these practices really help me from going completely off the rails & doing bodily harm to some folks when I get pissed. This also keeps my BP in check. I’ve had Structural Integration which is a kind of deep tissue massage that a friend of mine was learning. She talked me into letting her practice on me. It was initially painful but I felt wonderful after the treatments and actually lost 10lbs without even trying.

  • Aquagranny911

    I want to add that I can’t deal with reflexology because I can’t stand anyone else touching my feet but Sis has had this done & she loved it. She said it was wonderfully relaxing & she felt good all over after a treatment. I will be interested to see what you have to say of your own experience.

  • Aquagranny911

    I want to add that I can’t deal with reflexology because I can’t stand anyone else touching my feet but Sis has had this done & she loved it. She said it was wonderfully relaxing & she felt good all over after a treatment. I will be interested to see what you have to say of your own experience.

  • gc

    I’ve tried everything. results were decidely mixed. I’ve been meditating and doing Yoga forever. Believe in both. I use homeopathy and herbs. Some work, some don’t. I love having a massage, but it is pricey. As an oncology pt I was able to get them half price at an IntegratedMedicine Center. From there I tried Reiki (nothing) Energy work (boring) reflexology strikes me as creepy. I would still do standard massage, but that 75.00 now goes for my mother’s aide, and I do not use the Cancer Card anymore.

    I’ve done guided meditation where I talk to trees and poured aromatherapy oils over my head (got giggly as hell. Kept hearing “I talk to the trees” from” Paint Your Wagon” in my head) I’ve used Lavender successfully in the bath for a meds induced tremor and belldonna for canker sores. But, it’s a crapshoot, and I hate wasting money.

    Accupuncture irritated me (“take those damn needles out of me – NOW!”) but friends swear by it. Fl;eet Enemas work as well as colonics and are cheaper. Not healthy though. And my diet sucks, but I don’t care :)

    I volunteered at a Vegan Fair last month. Only carnivore there…

    • Aquagranny911

      LOL! I’m a Reiki healer & I sent you tons of healing. Thanks for sharing all your experiences.

      • gc

        You ARE?!!! I tried it twice. Nada. But my holistic friends swear by it. Once was at a Reniassance Faire, believe it or not, so focus was tough. You know, with all the faux Knights and jugglers and sword swallowers wandering about, LOL!

        Even if I feel no effect, I’ve met the nicest people through these experiments. My massage therapist helped me SOOOO much during a rough period with his kindness as well as deep tissue (my favorite) He also tried sacro-cranial with me. I got that stoned feeling, which was cool, but did not last long enough :(

        When we were in AZ years ago, we drove up to Sedona. GORGEOUS, but all those folks swinging crystals around, AY!

        • Aquagranny911

          Over the years I have seen pretty remarkable things with Reiki healing but I do know that it either works or it doesn’t which is probably true of most healing techniques. A Renaissance fair? Probably not the best venue, lol.

          I don’t want to gloat but I can get free massage from my niece but I try not to take advantage. She’s such a sweetie, she can hardly come around without rubbing shoulders & necks. She has very healing hands.

    • Aquagranny911

      I have something else to add. For a more affordable way to get a massage, have you tried a massage school? I know you would be getting students but it would be way cheaper & schools are happy to have the practice. I know this because one of my nieces is a massage therapist.

      • gc

        Also, “Groupons” They are often for spa-ish stuff.

        I gave myself a gift when my last doc freed me last year: I used a half price Groupon to get my teeth whitened :)

  • Alexander2

    I just got back from acupuncture and cupping therapy for a painful pinched nerve in my neck. Pardon me while I go throw up. lol.

    Seriously though. The pain relief is immediate and the needles don’t hurt. I think it releases toxins, which explains the short-term nausea. Drink plenty of water.

    • Aquagranny911

      I’ve had acupuncture. I never got nauseated but I did feel a bit lightheaded after which I was told was normal. The pain relief is great!

    • GreenLadyHere

      ALEXANDER2 – - – -”CUPPING THERAPY: – –is “new” 2 me. :>)

      Sooo – –2 teh google: – -Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.
      O. I C. :>)

      Clearing the blood vessels – - -reduces cholesterol plaque build up. This reduces the chances 4 a heart attack and /or a stroke. VERY GOOD.!!! :>) – - –Omega3 helps in this area also. :>)

      – - – - -2 -YOUR HEALTH :>)

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  • Aquagranny911

    This is such a welcome break from politics. The last couple of weeks have been brutal. This is a good reminder to keep myself healthy & balanced.

  • Admiral_Komack

    I take vitamins and I exercise.
    I watch my calories (I love the iPhone app LoseIt!).
    The last time I got a massage I was in college (It was OK).
    The last time I did a Fleet enema it was for a colonoscopy years ago (they didn’t find any polyps).
    I’ve never done acupuncture (I don’t like needles).

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –UH! OH. I accidentally erased my post. Sorry. :>)

    – Luvin’ this TOPIC.- – -THANK U 4 providing a listing of the practices of alternative holistic health: –☻ = I practice these. :>)

    —– – ☻ natural diet and herbal remedies
    ☻ nutritional supplements
    ☻exercise
    ☻ relaxation
    ☻ psycho-spiritual counseling
    ☻meditation
    breathing exercises
    acupuncture
    ☻homeopathy
    massage therapy

    – -OMEGA3 annnd B-vitamins R REALLY helpful 4 a myriad of chemical balances. :>)

    A lady in my church was experiencing some depression. I referred her 2 OMEGA3. She said that after 2 weeks — -it was like a “FOG” had lifted.

    She said –that she can smile again. – –That was a GOOD REPORT. :>)

    Again – - – THANK U 4 THIS information. :>) I’ll B SHARING IT. :>)