Many doctors are the first to share that their expertise is in understanding appropriate medication and surgical procedures for the benefit of their patients. For many conditions and injuries, this is exactly the kind of expertise a person might need. For people dealing with other chronic conditions or even disease other important factors besides surgery and medication may be key to the recovery of the patient. With little to no time dedicated to the value of nutrition, to the study of the emotional body, the complexities of the human energy system, or to the spiritual components of health, the majority of western doctors have limited resources and tools from which to literally and figuratively operate. While skeptics still remain, patients are expressing an increasing interest in alternative treatments and, when experienced, often report promising results. Imagine a time when your doctor’s recommendations will be based on a rich reservoir of resources, when hope will be greater than fear.
Beyond prescriptions and surgery, there is encouraging news for western medicine. Keeping up with the demands of the changing tides, besides traditional medical textbooks, medical school students have access to a comprehensive Integrated Energy Healing Manual distributed annually as a optional syllabus right alongside traditional medical volumes at many high ranking U.S. medical education institutions. While not currently a requirement for graduation, the curriculum is multi-faceted introducing effectively proven modalities and techniques as a positive step forward to integrate the spiritual, emotional and mental components of healing with the physical aspects that have been the primary focus of western allopathic medicine. While alternative therapies are by no means endorsed by all physicians, more doctors are seeing the wisdom of broadening their horizons and honoring their patient’s requests for more treatment options.
What does this mean for you? As doctors receive more comprehensive information on the efficacy of alternative treatments, you might imagine your doctor being well versed in many of the unconventional options that effectively treat specific conditions and diseases. Imagine being encouraged to seek alternative means of treatment with your doctor enthusiastic to write referrals for holistic medical treatment. That time may be upon us as medical facilities worldwide are increasing patient services and holistic minded doctors are increasingly represented on the board of directors for many mainstream medical institutions and schools. Training begins with the doctors themselves and is slowly addressing the need for a richer curricula to offer therapies that are pro-active, preventive and effective. The age of chemo therapy and radiation as the primary means of cancer treatment or surgery for heart disease as examples may be nearing antiquity as other treatments continue to be demonstratively promising.
Despite the inevitable resistance to change, more and more hospitals and medical establishments are adopting holistic health services as regular offerings. As an example, energy healing has often been shown to result in expedited recovery rates and improved morale fostering better relations for both staff and patients. Massage has been gaining momentum in helping to heal from injury, surgery and even as a therapy for specific ailments. Counseling may be an option in lieu of psychiatric care or psychological treatment. If you or a loved one has an overnight hospital stay, you might inquire with the hospital staff about what services are available for patients.
With body-mind-spirit all taken in to consideration for healing, you might imagine the possibilities when hope is the first injection rather than fear upon an initial diagnosis or prognosis. Imagine your doctor’s understanding exceeding his/her field of expertise. If the current trend continues, the time will not be far away when doctors will more readily recognize the value of non-traditional therapies. By the natural laws of supply and demand, the supply of holistic minded medical professionals is rising to meet the demands of the patients who report a more satisfactory experience in hospital settings that embrace a holistic model of care. What your doctor may know may surprise you. Ask your medical doctor questions. If he or she is dedicated to helping you, he/she is likely to support and guide you on your quest for health.
Keyes, Raven (2015) The Healing Light of Angels (1st ed.) Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications.
Sacks, Brianna. “Reiki goes mainstream: Spiritual touch practice now commonplace in hospitals” Washington Post, 16 May 2014 .
Links to Videos and Articles:
Designing for Health: More Healing Practice Spaces in Conventional Hospitals Contract 23 July 2015
Medical Schools Embrace Alternative Medicine: Patient’s desire for alternative therapies is driving changes in medical education. Meryl Davids Landau US. News, U.S.News.com: 12 April 2011.
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