Are you a healthy person? The word ‘health’ can mean different things to different individuals, depending on the situation. Health could refer to physical health, emotional health or mental health. To be healthy, you need to be more than just physically healthy. Your mental, emotional and social health also tie into your total health. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s), the definition of “health” is as follows: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”– Medical News Today
BusinessDictionary.com adds to the above definition of health by saying that “health is a dynamiccondition resulting from a body’s constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium called homeostasis.
So, there are several factors that come into play, when determining whether or not we are healthy. The connection and balance between emotional and physical well being is one of the key factors of being healthy. Physical illnesses, as well as emotional or mental disorders, stress and anxiety, repressed emotions, especially fearful or negative ones, can drain your mental energy and may lead to many physical problems and illnesses such as high blood pressure or digestive disorders. (Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing)
Stress and anxiety are natural parts of our lives, as our modern lives are full of deadlines hassles, pressures and frustrations. Stress has become so commonplace today, that people often don’t realize how serious it has become, to let the repressed emotions find an outlet. While stress in small doses can improve our performance, chronic stress and anxiety can cause serious damage to your body and mind.
It is therefore important to recognize the negative thoughts and emotions that you have, and be aware of them, before it can have an impact on your physical well being.
What is Integrated Health?
Integrated health refers to finding new alternative ways of treating the whole person. This means, it’s the process or way of healing a person’s body, spirit, mind and the environmental factors at the same time. This approach is designed to treat the person, not just the disease. In many cases, many alternative techniques, such as herbal medicine, yoga, acupuncture, massage, along with the combination of conventional Western medicine, is used in treating a person.
Many of the alternative techniques have been proven through research to reduce stress and have a significant effect on mental and physical health of a person. After the landmark study of Integrative Medicine in 1993 study, it got a boost of greater public awareness and funding. According to the American Hospital Association, the percentage of U.S. hospitals that offer complementary therapies has more than doubled in less than a decade. (webmd.com)
The Appeal of Integrative Medicine
Why did integrative medicine become so popular? The integrative approach to treatment uses natural healing processes combined with modern Western medicines, which aims at healing a person as a whole. Doctors do not see patients as diseased livers or damaged joints, but as a person. Patients are promised more attention, more time, and doctors are also not rushed and overwhelmed.
The Mind-Body Connection
According to a blog published on the iShop Stark Blog, titled Integrated Health Practitioner: Natural Approach to Health of Minerva, Ohio! “The connection between emotional and physical health is undeniable, as are the effects that imbalances in either can have on one’s personal and professional life. The ability to isolate the causes and identify solutions for such issues has been revered throughout time.”
If you want to learn more about Integrated Health, and help yourself or help others to overcome challenges naturally, you need to meet our next NTP/CEED bi-weekly huddle guest, Alicia Rocco.
Alicia Rocco, who is a Natural Health Practitioner certified by the American Association of Integrative Medicine and also a trusted life coach, a skilled iridologist, and an experienced essence and herbal practitioner and educator, will be joining us for the next NTP/ CEED bi-weekly huddle webinar, to be held on Wednesday, the 5th of November, 2014.
Source: Nourish the Planet