The rise in popularity of complementary therapies over the last twenty years is undeniable. There are more therapists than ever and a real call for what they can offer you.
So this question could be answered on three levels:
- The importance of treating you as a PERSON rather than as a medical object, concentrating solely on your health issue.
- Looking at you holistically. In order to help you stay as well as possible, it is imperative to treat YOU and not your illness. It’s a promotion of positive health as a method of illness prevention. (As far as possible!)
- The importance of alleviating stress. Ah, this is a big one!
More than 70% of illnesses are stress-related, and chronic long-term stress can have a hugely detrimental effect on health and wellbeing.
To put this into context, let’s imagine that Mrs Smith has a stressful job and a busy life looking after everybody else, with little ‘down-time’. She rarely stops and builds in time for herself. The stress continues. Her sleep becomes affected. She becomes tired. To cope with this and the consistently high level of pressure she turns to caffeine and junk food to keep going and mask the fatigue. Her immune system becomes depleted. She starts suffering from viruses and minor illnesses, frequent coughs and colds, digestive issues, muscle pain and headaches, insomnia. She resorts to asking her GP for antibiotics and other prescribed medications to alleviate her symptoms. She keeps going at the same pace. There may come a time when this becomes too much and she is forced to stop and rest. Mrs Smith is out of options. Her body can only cope with so much. Which is where natural therapies can support and help mind and body to cope and to rebalance.
The World Health Organisation have warned that antibiotics have become so widely prescribed that bacteria have begun to evolve and develop resistance to them.
The World Health Organisation’s warning that “deaths from cuts and grazes, diarrhoea and even flu will soon be common as antibiotics lose their power to fight infections” is a chilling one.
The UK Government also commissioned a two year review of the use of antibiotics due to growing concerns about their use. Out of an estimated 40 million antibiotics prescribed in the UK every year, the health regulator NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) claims that 10 million of these are unnecessary prescriptions.
Dr Raj Chatterjee (from BBC’s Doctor In The House) is one of the founders of the new science-based lifestyle medicine training for GPs – ‘The Lifestyle Prescription: Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine’ – with a focus on reducing drug prescribing, going beyond basic diet and exercise advice and getting to the root cause of many issues more quickly. Which is great news and should start making a huge difference!
Is this time to look at ways of promoting and maintaining our own health, taking responsibility and looking at preventing, as far as possible, minor ill-health and stress-related issues? To coin a well-used phrase, it’s all about shutting the stable door BEFORE the horse has bolted and not afterwards. Which is where complementary therapies come in. Looking after ourselves the natural way will help keep us in good health. And ensure that we are able to care for others because we spend more time caring for ourselves. It’s not selfish, it’s just being as kind and as loving to yourself as you are to others.
The majority of our regular clients are now well and enjoy life with predominantly good health. Why do they still come for complementary treatments? Because they want it to stay that way!
If you are struggling with niggling minor health issues and don’t know where to start looking for help or want to maintain your wellbeing, call us on 01242 227752 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we are always happy to chat through any concerns you may have.