Wednesday, November 23, 2011


What is Holistic Health & Holistic Nutrition?

This involves viewing individual health in a holistic fashion. Holistic means considering and encompassing body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Factors involving physical wellness/illness, mental/thought patterns, emotional expression and stability, and the individual’s spiritual beliefs all have significant roles in maintaining good health and should be addressed.

What is Holistic Medicine?
It is a medical model that focuses on the whole person, not just the body.

What is Integrative Medicine, Complementary Medicine or Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
Used interchangeably, these systems integrate traditional, allopathic methods with nontraditional methods and can form a complementary medical system.

What is Natural Health?
It is how we live in our bodies by maintaining good health naturally through the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods and fluids we consume, and also through our daily body movement/activities, rest, sleep and interactions with other people.

What is Natural Healing?
This involves moving the body from a state of non-health to a state of health using only natural (non-synthetic and non-invasive) means. Examples including fasting to cleanse the body of mucus, massage therapy to ease aching and painful muscles, and the use of herbal formulas to soothe an irritated throat.

What is Herbology or Herbalism, or a Herbologist?
One of the oldest sciences in the world—the study of plants and their physical attributes as used for healing, food, flavoring, scents, and dyes. The study of the effects of plants upon the body (stressing the use of whole plants, but may include a part of the plant that is used, plant gathering, methods, and preparations of the plant). It is practiced in all forms of traditional healing worldwide. The philosophy of Herbalism is directed at supporting the body’s healing processes with the use of plants and foods used, and also uses exercise techniques including breathing exercises/techniques, and various body/mind techniques. Herbalism views the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

What is Detoxification (Detox)?
The body creates and is exposed to may toxins simply through the normal process of living. Under ordinary conditions, body systems such as the liver, kidneys, intestines, lymph and circulatory systems, eliminate toxins without a problem. A poor diet, poor lifestyle habits, and excessive exposure to environmental toxins can overwhelm the body’s natural processes and allow toxins to accumulate internally. Signs or conditions that may indicate you may be suffering from toxicity are: headaches, digestive disorders, increased allergic reactions, fatigue, to name a few. Various methods are used to stimulate detoxification such as forms of fasting, using herbs, or a cleanse program.

What is Hydrotherapy?
A therapeutic use of water of any temperature or form: hot, cold, steam, or ice in order to promote healing. Depending on the temperature and form of the water, it can address a wide range of problems including sore muscles, injuries, fevers, burns, skin problems, etc. Warm or hot has a relaxing effect; cold water reduces inflammation; and alternating hot and cold water is a stimulating aid to the circulatory system. Water may also stimulate the immune system.

What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a system of bodywork in which the practitioner applies finger pressure to specific points on the feet and/or the hands, and the various organs and areas of the body. Pressing on these reflexes aid in healing by stimulating a return to homeostasis (state of balance in the body).

What is Therapeutic Touch?
It is a non-evasive and, in fact, non-touch system of energy work where energy is transferred from the practitioner to the energy field of the individual receiving treatment. Major effects include relaxation and accelerating healing. The autonomic nervous system is sensitive to this form of therapy, followed by the lymphatic and circulatory systems as well as the musculoskeletal system. Lymphatic drainage massage involves a very light touch and is a highly beneficial aid in removing toxins from your body.

What is Vegetarianism?
It is a plant-centered eating style that excludes meat. There are 4 or more variations of vegetarianism: (1) Lacto-vegetarian: only vegetables, grains, fruits, and dairy; (2) Ovo-vegetarian: vegetables, grains, fruits, and eggs; (3) Pesco-vegetarian: vegetables, grains, fruits, fish/seafood; and (4) Vegan: vegetables, grains, fruits, no animal products whatsoever. Some consider this a way of life that extends beyond food and strict vegans tend to avoid products derived from animals such as leather or silk. Some of these variations can be combined. Many people achieve optimum health from a well-balanced vegetarian diet, high in micronutrients and fiber, generally low in saturated fats. Plant-focused eating is recommended for everyone; however, there are some people who do not respond well to a diet in which there is no animal protein.

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