Holistic healing and its popular techniques


Holistic medicine has recently gained popularity as healing methods have gained general attention. Although these methods have been around for thousands of years, their effectiveness and affordability still appeal to generations who seek health straight from nature.

Acupuncture and herbal supplements in particular are some of the most popular holistic healing techniques today, according to holistic professionals.

What is holistic medicine?

“Holism is a term that is used to describe something in its entirety,” said Michael Salas, director of the Holistic Health Center. “For this reason, people as a whole are at the center of holistic health care.”

For example, when treating a sore throat, doctors test for infections and prescribe medications for the infection, while holistic doctors would look into various alternatives, such as home remedies to treat the infection, as they focus on the general wellbeing of the individual.

The main difference between scientific medicine and all other forms of medicine, according to the American Medical Association, is the training of doctors to a certain scientific standard.

Forms of holistic medicine include chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, meditation, exercise, and more, according to Dr. Randy Martin, a holistic medicine doctor in Valencia. In his 30 year practice, Martin has treated depression, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure and more with holistic medicine.

“Most of my patients are sent to me by their doctors or their health insurance,” says Martin. “If they can be seen in the insurance company, I am only allowed to treat the pain.”

What is Holistic Healing?

“Holistic healing is a process by which an individual balances all three parts of the equation, physical, mental and spiritual properties, to achieve an outcome that is favorable to a disease or disease process,” said Salas.

Supporting a patient’s own healing is a fundamental characteristic of holistic healing.

“I work with my clients to help them empower themselves and enable their own healing,” said Kiara Akasha, owner of The Truth House. “I am simply their guide.”

According to Akasha, holistic experts do not mask symptoms, but rather heal the underlying problem.

Holistic healing techniques do not necessarily fall under the definition of conventional medicine, but often work alongside conventional medicine.


Dr. Randy Martin specializes in providing patients with alternative treatments, including acupuncture and homeopathy. Bobby Block / The Signal

Holistic healing can be practiced in conjunction with medical treatment, according to Salas. In many cases, the use of both natural and medicinal medicine can be beneficial to the healing of a patient.

“Some people integrate holistic approaches even in the case of more serious diseases such as cancer. In these cases, we work with the person’s general practitioner to ensure adequate care in dealing with the physical and chemical properties of the disease while working on the psychological and spiritual, ”Salas said.

Holistic healing modalities like acupuncture have been used to relieve patients of side effects from medical treatments they have received. In particular, acupuncture claims to work as a post-operative pain control.

“Acupuncture is effective for controlling pain and localized swelling after surgery, shortening the resolution of bruises and tissue swelling, and minimizing medication and associated side effects,” said Dr. Eugene Mak of the American Academy of Acupuncture, on his website.

Treating pain makes up 70% of Martin’s practice, he said.

Although acupuncture is viewed as an alternative medical treatment, many health professionals are starting to prescribe acupuncture as a way to treat various symptoms.

For example, some Blue Cross health plans cover acupuncture.

“Our doctor can prescribe acupuncture to treat: chronic pain that lasts for at least six months and has not responded to more conservative treatments such as medication or physiotherapy, and nausea from surgery or chemotherapy,” says the Blue Cross website.

Herbs and natural alternatives can be as effective as traditional medicine in some cases, Martin said, but it’s a good idea to make sure a family doctor is on board with such options. Signal file photo

Herbal supplements

“More and more people are interested in their diet and want to be sure that they are taking the right nutritional supplements and herbs,” says Martin.

Since most holistic healing methods are not insured, patients who wish to practice other methods have to pay out of pocket. In Martin’s practice, patients can take advantage of other holistic services such as traditional Chinese medicine herbal therapy.

Herbal supplements are “Products made from plants or plants that are used to treat disease or maintain health are called herbal products, botanical products, or phytomedicine,” according to a press release from John Hopkins Medicine.

These herbal supplements are used in a variety of ways including swallowed as pills, powders, or tinctures, brewed as tea, applied to the skin, and added to baths, the release adds.

“Herbs are just as effective (as traditional medicine) in many cases, as long as your doctor has no problem with them switching,” says Martin.


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