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What is natural healing?
August 5, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Outreach Health and Wellness
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Top 5 Benefits of Natural Healing

The rising costs of conventional medicine and the side effects of prescription medications have encouraged more people to explore and understand the value of holistic medicine.

By definition, holistic medicine refers to the application of various healing techniques to treat the whole person. Holistic medical practitioners present both conventional and alternative therapies to their patients. This way, the patient is greatly involved in the decision-making process regarding his or her treatment.

Among the types of therapies that figure prominently in holistic medicine is natural healing. The concept of natural healing is nothing new. People have been harnessing the gifts of nature in dealing with various aches, pains, and illnesses for a long time. Natural remedies include the use of food, herbs, essential oils, and other simple techniques (such as massage) to alleviate pain, offer relief, and restore health.

To help you better comprehend the importance of this alternative form of therapy, below are the top five benefits of natural healing:

1. It is generally less invasive.

Unlike in conventional medicine where certain types of medication and surgery are commonplace, natural healing strategies focus on empowering the body to heal with the help of food, herbs, and other natural therapies.

A good example here would be kidney stones where patients are given medication to dissolve the stones. Surgery may be recommended in the case of painful stones. However, drinking lemon juice has been found to break down kidney stones and reduce kidney stone risk.

2. It is focused on treating the root cause, not the symptoms.

Identifying the root cause of an ailment is essential to treating the problem.

People who frequently suffer from colds, for example, are sometimes prescribed cold medicine to alleviate symptoms of a viral disease. Natural healing takes a different approach by considering the patient’s diet, quality of sleep, sources of stress, and lifestyle factors that can impair the body’s immune system.

3. It strengthens the immune system naturally.

One of the most important benefits of natural healing is that it helps boost the immune system.

Antibiotics have been proven to kill beneficial gut bacteria that are essential to health. Further research has also revealed that even non-antibiotic drugs can inhibit the growth of a specific strain of good bacteria.

Natural treatment options, on the other hand, are designed to help restore and promote digestive health. The consumption of probiotic food such as plain yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods may be recommended depending on the illness.

4. It reduces the likelihood of suffering from the side effects of medication.

Natural healing helps patients avoid the side effects associated with prescription medication such as liver-damaging products like acetaminophen, anti-psychotic drugs, and cholesterol-lowering medication.

This is because it is focused on providing supportive and complementary therapies designed to strengthen the body’s natural ability to fight and ward off diseases.

5. It is more affordable and accessible.

Compared to the costs associated with conventional medicine, natural healing techniques are more affordable and accessible.

For example, to treat hypertension, you may be asked to make some lifestyle and dietary adjustments by a natural healing practitioner. This may entail a few trips to the grocery store or farmers’ market as well as integrating regular physical activity into your daily regimen.

At the end of the day, however, this natural approach to treating your ailment will save you from costly trips to the clinic or hospital, and expensive prescription medication fees.

If the concept of natural healing is new to you but you are seriously considering it for yourself or a loved one, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.