Healing: More than Mere Medicine
Did you know that conventional medicine has no clear-cut answers as to why you are suffering from a chronic ailment?((Evans, AS: Causation and Disease – A Chronological Journey, Springer Science & Business Media, 199)) Notwithstanding the advancements in medical science, researchers candidly admit that, “Diseases in general cannot be overcome and and the conquest of one disease opens the way for greater expression of other diseases”.((Hanson, MJ & Callhan, D: The Goals of Medicine: The Forgotten Issues in Health Care Reform, Hastings Center Studies in Ethics series, 2000, Georgetown University Press, page 22))
Therefore, doctors at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center, an unrivaled academic medical center in the US, encourage us to look farther and adopt an integrative approach. Typical medical conditions that benefit from an integrative approach which includes Homeopathy are anxiety, allergies, arthritis, respiratory problems, migraine, PMS, IBS, ADHD, eczema and many more.((http://www.healingchronicdisease.org/en/heart_disease/text_version/overview.html#start))
Homeopathy, Bach Flower Therapy and Guided Imagery – an integrative approach
Homeopathy has a long history of over 200 years and its efficacy has been proven in practice. Recently, the Swiss Health Technology Assessment (HTA) report on Homeopathy (published in English in February, 2012) concluded that Homeopathy is a “valuable addition to the conventional medical landscape”((Gudrun Bornhöft MD, Prof. Peter F. Matthiessen MD, PhD: Homeopathy in Healthcare – Effectiveness, Appropriateness, Safety, Costs. 2011 Springer Berlin Heidelberg)).
Bach Flower Therapy is an effective adjunct to Homeopathy, and the process of selecting the remedy alone is reported to be therapeutic by many of my clients.
Guided Imagery (also called Creative Visualisation) can have profound effects on the process of healing. The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the US Arthritis Foundation, and many other such establishments support and advocate these practices. Mental imagery does affect physiological functions, and has been shown to produce physical results in the areas of sports and health care services((Feltz DL, Landers DM: The effects of mental practice on motor skill learning and performance: A meta-analysis. Journal of Sport Psychology 5:25-57,
1983)). It requires no special equipment and can be easily taught and learned.
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