Holistic Remedies Truth Or Myth?

Holistic Remedies Truth Or Myth? So, what is the definition of a holistic remedy? Juice plus? Turmeric? Aloe Vera? As you are sat reading this what is your definition of a holistic remedy? Would you try them? What have you been advised to try?

Here is my take on What I thought Holistic was prior to having a complete understanding.

Holistic Remedies Truth Or Myth? 

So being a Crohnie for nearly 14 years I have been advised by numerous people and companies that certain things will and quote “cure my Crohns”. Now I’m the sort of person that has a more scientific approach to life and my illness. I will also admit that I have said on numerous occasions that holistic remedies are a crock of shit.However I will admit that I have been desperate enough to try pretty much anything offered to me in the early days of my diagnosis. When you sit down and actually analyse what holistic means it’s not just a magic potion or a herbal approach.

It is a wide spectrum of different approaches that can be used to help that person feel better within themselves. There is also the saying don’t knock it unless you have tried it and can relate from personal experience.

Definition of Holistic

Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person. That is, instead of treating an illness, as in orthodox allopathy, holistic medicine looks at an individual’s overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing before recommending treatment. A practitioner with a holistic approach treats the symptoms of illness as well as looking for the underlying cause of the illness. Holistic medicine also attempts to prevent illness by placing a greater emphasis on optimising health. The body’s systems are seen as parts of the person’s whole being. Its natural state is one of health, and an illness or disease is an imbalance in the body’s systems. Holistic therapies tend to emphasise proper nutrition and avoidance of substances—such as chemicals—that pollute the body. Their techniques are non-invasive.

Things I have tried or been offered

  • Aloe Vera shots- I remember spending a ridiculous amount of money in a certain health store for a rather big bottle of this. I can now tell you through trying this that when you’re in an active flare this exacerbates the toilet issues and can make you go to the toilet more
  • Raspberry ketones – I used this in a desperate attempt to lose the steroid weight. Some people swear by it. I can tell you now these and lack of proper nutrition nearly landed me back in hospital
  • Juice Plus – The amount of times I have had inbox messages or DM messages on Instagram telling me that this will cure me of my illness and be a good lifestyle choice is unreal.

In my personal opinion, I don’t like or agree with people’s tactics. Some people are so desperate to try anything to cure them or make the illness go away that they will readily pay extortionate amounts of money to these people to find out later down the line that these don’t work. Any proven holistic approach is well worth having a go. I just don’t like people making money by conning the desperate.

Holistic Remedies

There is a lot of truth behind certain holistic approaches to mental well-being and healthy lifestyle. There is so much in everyday life that has the holistic approach.

  • Aromatherapy
  • Counselling
  • Wound dressings and packing
  • Self-help books
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Herbal medicine

Some of these approaches have medical backing and proven scientific research to say that they work. So, who knows. I personally wouldn’t like to willingly be laid on a table and have needles put into my pressure points but some people swear by it. It is like a top selling book, 50% will rave about it whereas the other 50% will rip the book review to shreds. It is all based on personal choice.

My Approach to Holistic Ways of Living

To a certain degree I have holistic approaches to life. As a life style choice, I swear by Aromatherapy to help me sleep. I have a glass aroma diffuser which steams out water and essential oils that I have picked to help me chill out, cleanse my mind and relax. Since using the diffuser my sleep patterns have dramatically improved, is this because of the oils or because I am taking time out to relax? Who knows?

Food, I mainly live a lowFODmap and Gluten free lifestyle with an element of eating clean. I make 95% of my food from fresh ingredients so I know what is going into my body is not artificial and at its best for my body. Don’t get me wrong I like a bit of the naughty food but that makes me ill in large quantities so sticking to certain things is helping my body without medication and purely diet based.

Self-help books and watering one’s own mind. I have a habit of being a people pleaser and not saying when someone has peeved me off in a big way but sit and procrastinate and bitch about it to a set of poor ears. My way if overcoming that is to read guides on how to be more assertive and learn to be braver and approach things at a different angle. That yet again is more of a Zen approach to life.

Mental Well-being. I have diagnosed PTSD, I chose to have counselling and work it out that way and not be dosed up on medication that is going to numb or desensitise life and the world continuing to move on without me.

Summary

The summary for this is Crohnsfighting having to eat her own words and admit hands held in the I got it wrong pose. Holistic remedies as a whole are not and quote “a humungous crock of shit”. Holistic approaches are used so much in everyday life without even realising you are using them. For proven remedies, I am open to try them out. The age old saying of don’t knock it unless you have tried it. It’s a case of one shoe does not fit all and is down to personal preference of the person trying out these approaches.

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3 Comments
  1. I think you’re right. I don’t think it’s the therapy as such, it’s taking the time out to pamper yourself, relax and de-stress. A lot of people I know say stress exacerbates their symptoms (it certainly has that effect on mine). Since I’ve started taking time out to relax I’ve started feeling better.

  2. Assertiveness is something I said years ago should be taught in schools, it really is so important. My approach to holistic remedies is somewhat similar in terms of being open minded, in trying things, and taking a view of options that are worth trying but don’t suit everyone. Great post!
    Caz 🙂

  3. Hi Louise

    I’d agree there are holistic therapies that help to build emotional and mental health. Since my Crohn’s diagnosis I’ve had counselling. Even before the Crohn’s just got some “me” time I’d go for a massage, it cheers me up. So I go for masssge of – Swedish, hot stone, Indian Head massage. It’s very much just a “me time” thing once every few months.

    I’d agree with you all on the show – even at the diagnosis stage I think we should be offered counselling routinely. Obviously as well as after stoma surgery.

    Cheers

    Elaine

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