Mental health is a big component of holistic medicine. For many, the word holistic brings to mind images of yoga mats and herbal remedies only, but in its truest sense, holistic simply means taking the whole system into account. Western medicine and holistic medicine are often incorrectly depicted as opposing viewpoints. However, a combination of the two typically yields quicker and more thorough recovery. A broken leg, for instance, merits a visit to the doctor for an X-ray and cast. But eating nourishing food, receiving acupuncture, and practicing meditation may help to manage pain, reduce stress, and speed the healing process. The same can be true of anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any mental health condition. Medication (prescribed thoughtfully and only as necessary), psychotherapy, and holistic treatments can complement and balance one another to help you achieve authentic wellness.
When someone has experienced trauma in the form of sexual abuse, a violent interaction, neglect from a parent, anger, being physically attacked by a spouse, witnessing horrific events, or being manipulated and taken advantage of for a period of time, the trauma can lead to psychological, emotional, and somatic distress symptoms that at times can be deeply overwhelming. Recovering from trauma takes time, care, and patience. The body and mind naturally want to heal and go to a state of equilibrium and wholeness, and by encouraging that process through gentle self-care, the aftershocks of trauma will gradually lessen and diminish.
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