Types of Alternative Medicine

What is holistic care?

While some people refer to holistic methods as types of alternative medicine, it is because many people are unfamiliar with the term “holistic”. Holistic methods are complementary, not an alternative to, traditional medical and veterinary care. While the methods are sometimes referred to as modalities, practices, remedies, techniques, therapies and treatments, they look at people and animals as a whole - body (physical), mind (mental and emotional) and spirit or soul (spiritual). Each is an integral part that plays a vital role in a person and animal’s overall wellbeing, with the ultimate goal to achieve a state of harmony and balance. While the word holistic became commonly used by westerners in the 1970’s, these methods actually date back over 5,000 years ago to Chinese and Indian traditions.

How does holistic care help people and animals?

While some health issues are a result of improper nutrition or environmental factors, it is thought that the majority of illness and disease is the result of unresolved emotional issues. And yes, animals can get stressed out just like people.

Now for a little science to help explain why holistic care can help. Einstein stated that any physical matter is composed of energy. People and animals are made up of energy. Did you know that people and animals are composed mostly of water? Water is sensitive to vibration, and vibration is simply a subtle form of energy. So what does this mean? If water is sensitive to energy and people and animals are mostly water, then any energy based modality has the ability to have a profound impact on a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual level. Most of the holistic methods work on an energetic level, getting to the source or cause of the issue, not just the symptoms. Methods that use the body's energy are called energy medicine, which is considered the new frontier in medicine. Just keep in mind that not all types of alternative medicine are energy based, though, such as massage.

What are the benefits of holistic care?

Holistic care can have incredible, long-term benefits, whether it is utilized on a personal or professional level.
  • Various types of alternative medicine can be learned easily and applied right away to help you and your pets. If you are a professional helping people or animals, these modalities can help you to provide better care and quality service for your clients.
  • It can be done in the comfort of the person or animal’s own environment.
  • Through prevention and getting to the source of an issue, you can save time and money by determining the best methods for helping the person or animal.
  • Holistic care can help people and animals to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
  • What are the various types of alternative medicine?

    There are many types of holistic methods that people refer to as types of alternative medicine. Click on the links below to learn more about these modalities.
  • Holistic care always starts with proper nutrition, realizing that every person and every animal is unique. The right foods and supplements are best determined with muscle testing, also called kinesiology, a simple but powerful method that uses the body’s wisdom.
  • Reiki and energy work can have amazing results by using the body’s innate abilities and is even used in hospitals and animal shelters.
  • Animal communication can have profound results, whether it understanding a behavioral issue, finding out how an animal is feeling or speaking with a beloved pet that has passed over. And ultimately, talking with animals can increase your bond with your pet or improve your professional relationship like never before.
  • Flower essences were created by a London medical doctor to help clients with their emotional issues but have become popular with helping animals, especially those that were adopted or rescued.
  • Crystal & Color Therapy are simple and beautiful methods. Color therapy helps on an energetic level as each color has it's own frequency. Crystals are the oldest living entities on earth and their unique colors offer additional healing properties.
  • EFT/Tapping was created to help those with their emotional issues. Using acupressure points, this technique is becoming more well known for helping people and animals.
  • Homeopathy was created by a German physician over 200 years ago and helps to address the emotional and mental reasons behind an illness.
  • Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils that are extracted from parts of a plant. This method is popular with many massage therapists and the oils are found in many holistic products.
  • Massage is also considered one of the types of alternative medicine and is a touch technique used to maintain physical and mental health of both people and animals.
  • Other Methods that are considered types of alternative medicine are acupressure, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, light therapy and laser therapy.
  • How do I learn more?

    You may have never heard of some of the holistic methods listed here. It is never too late to learn. Know that holistic modalities can change your life and the life of those you care about.
  • Our natural pet health blog provides holistic tips for your beloved pets.
  • With The Lightfoot Way, you can learn all of the described methods above in person at one of our workshops or by distance through our online classes.
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