There are many aspects to consider before practicing alternative health measures on either one’s self, or more importantly, on others. Holistic medicine requires various skills. The fact that one must be knowledgeable about herbs and other natural therapies is obvious, but there are other things one must learn and/or be aware of. One can look at all these things from the vantage point of the three basic realms that holistic healing deals with.
You may already be knowledgeable about herbs and other alternative therapies, and such knowledge is a definite requirement, but there are cautions that must be heeded as well.
1. Do you know what side effects, if any the methods you are using may have? Though far less prevalent, herbs and other natural remedies can have side effects just like prescription drugs. You must be aware of these, and make anyone you are working with aware of them as well.
2. If you, or the person you are working with is under any other medical care, you must make sure there can be no adverse interactions with any treatments or medications you or they may be undergoing. This requires not only studying these, but consulting the physician in question as well.
3. You must be as knowledgeable as possible about any and all safety measures that need to be taken when implementing more physical treatments, such as acupuncture, acupressure, and even regular exercise.
A good knowledge of psychological factors is necessary in dealing with both treatments, and the people being treated. The state of the mind has a great deal to do with the reaction of the body.
1. Potential reactions to treatment must always be taken into account, as these can always effect the outcome.
2. A mind must not only be open to treatment for it to work, but also stable enough for it to be safe to proceed in the first place.
3. How you react to your subject (or even yourself) can be a factor in treatment as well. You must be able to handle any stress that is involved in order to ease your subjects mind, or your own, for that matter. Trust is a factor here, be it trust in yourself and your abilities, or your ability to instill that same trust in others.
Debatable as this area may be to some, it is a factor, none the less. From how uplifted one’s spirits are when assuming treatment, to even the very belief systems they hold dear about such things. If there are any conflicts here, it can certainly affect the healing process.
1. One must have positive feelings about the chosen treatment in order to begin healing.
2. One must not feel blocked by negative feelings toward any aspect of treatment that might seem in discord with ones religious beliefs or convictions.
3. The spirit itself is a great healer, and its place in treatment cannot be overlooked.
These three things, and their sub factors should always be of primary concern with regard to any form of nature or holistic healing. If any one of these is out of balance, it can affect the others, and the outcome of treatment itself. There are many things to consider before committing to an alternative therapy of any kind, and much knowledge required of any practitioner thereof. Before proceeding, be sure you, or your practitioner has this required knowledge.
Additional Sources : Years of self study in Alternative medicines, and practical application thereof.