If you can tolerate the analogy, the human body is like a miraculous orchestra. The heart, lungs, liver and other organs might be like the string section, our arms, legs, toes and fingers like the percussion section, our alimentary canal, digestion, respiration and so on, the woodwind section, and cognition, thoughts, beliefs, ideas and dreams could be like the brass section. When we are all in harmony, there is a beautiful symphony.
Likewise, when there is a small problem in one of the sections, the overall sound is affected. Thus it makes perfect sense to recruit the services of a holistic therapist, if you are serious about addressing any health concerns.
There are too many to mention, but holistic therapies may include, and are not limited to : Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Craniosacral, Reiki, and Homeopathy.
Unfortunately, the multi-billion pharma industry which pays off our politicians and doctors cannot exploit these ancient and traditional methods, and so they are portrayed in the mainstream media as wacky, unreliable, ineffective, or "new-age". Somewhat preposterously, you may even hear them referred to by the term "alternative".
Almost all holistic therapies focus on the human being as an overall unit, a mechanism, an organism. It takes no great degree of insight to come to the understanding, or realisation, that we are truly miraculous beings.
How we respond in a given situation or environment is usually down to conditioning. Learned behaviours or habitual responses to certain stimuli.
With some application, we can learn how to undo certain unproductive or unwholesome behaviours, by re-conditioning or re-programming our mind. This can be done via a process of Mindfulness Meditation.
The body, mind and spirit, or soul, as a complete package, is not a new or revolutionary idea. Indeed, much of the wisdom available today from ancient knowledge and knowledge from societies passed down to us today, is at odds with modern medicine.
Unfortunately, big pharma has created a culture of dependency, where drugs are available for the side effects from the drugs from the side effects from the drugs for the original ailment.
Holistic therapies aim to help the individual re-align body, mind and spirit, with drug-free treatment. For example, the practice of Reflexology is gaining widespread popularity, and Yoga is now as well-known as at anytime in my lifetime.
Reiki, which aims to help with healing the individual on an energy level, is still the subject of much debate. All of these means of therapy, I have tried at one stage or another, and have no problem recommending for anyone dealing with an addiction problem.
To this day, I cultivate a regular meditation practice, and occasionally have Craniosacral treatments and practice Yoga.
There are many forms of yoga, from gentle stretches to standing on your head. At Sunyata I was introduced to yoga as a form of preparation for a sitting meditation. In some respects, yoga essentially is a meditation.
Although I am by no means an expert on the subject, I would recommend Reiki to just about anyone. It is a non-invasive, non-intrusive, drug-free and holistic approach to helping the individual person with a healing process.
The onus lies with the individual to educate themselves, and seek a form of treatment or therapy which suits. Not everyone will benefit from herbs, tinctures and oils, but aromatherapy might be the first port of call for women with babies and small children with health problems, because it is non-intrusive, and although some oils are contra-indicated for pregnancy, by and large, aromatherapy is subtle and effective. The same may be said for the ancient technique of Reflexology.
BDCT, or Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy, is similar to Reiki in that it involves working with energy, and healing the individual via a drug-free, non-invasive technique.
Meditation, or Mindfulness Meditation, is universal in its benefits. I would recommend anyone to pursue a path of mindfulness, whether or not they are suffering from depression, anxiety, alcoholism, addictions etc. The mind is a powerful tool, and if we do not learn to control it, someone else will control it for us. Meditation is like a pilot's guide, only we are both the pilot and the craft!