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Natural medicine and rehabilitation

Natural medicine

Natural medicine refers to a broad range of therapies and medicines that use, amongst other things, natural substances such as herbs and minerals, to treat the body and support the body’s natural healing processes. 

Today, they are called “natural” mainly to differentiate them from conventional medicine (non-natural medicine), like organic food from non-organic food. 

Contrary to conventional medicine, which is only around a hundred years old, many natural medicines have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

At that time, it was simply called medicine, as non-natural medicine, aka conventional medicine, did not exist. 

One of the biggest advantages of natural medicine is that it can be used in all cases. This is due to the fact that natural medicine has no side effects, only desired effects. Therefore, if working with a competent natural medicine therapist, the worst-case scenario will be not achieving the desired results.

On the other hand, conventional medicine, as it uses chemical substances and invasive interventions, will inevitably generate risks and side effects, even when working with competent doctors and surgeons. 

If want to know more about the difference between natural and conventional medicine, go ahead and read our book “Natural Medicine: The Real Doctor”. 

Here are some examples of natural therapies and medicines:

  • Nutrition
  • Phytotherapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Oligotherapy
  • Electromagnetic therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Moxibustion
  • Tuina
  • Etc.
Natural medicine and rehabilitation

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Rehabilitation is a process of restoring and improving physical function after an injury, illness, or surgery. 

It can also be used to manage chronic conditions that affect physical function, such as stroke. The goal of rehabilitation is to help individuals regain their strength, flexibility, mobility, and independence, and to improve their quality of life.

For most individuals, rehabilitation is a crucial part of the recovery process. 

For best results, rehabilitation needs to be done in collaboration with a wide variety of healthcare professionals, including nurses, therapists, and physicians.

Rehabilitation may include various forms of therapy, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy

Each type of therapy focuses on a specific aspect of physical function and can help individuals achieve their rehabilitation goals.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a common form of rehabilitation that involves exercises, stretches, and other physical interventions to help individuals regain strength and mobility. This may include exercises to improve balance, coordination, and range of motion, as well as the use of equipment such as walkers or crutches. 

Depending on the quality of the rehabilitation and the available resources, these physical exercises can be practiced in hot water which will increase their effectiveness.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals regain their ability to perform daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, and cooking. This may include exercises to improve hand strength and dexterity, as well as the use of adaptive equipment such as specialized tools or devices.

Speech therapy

Speech therapy is used to help individuals improve their communication skills, such as speaking or swallowing, after an injury or illness. This may include exercises to improve speech clarity, as well as the use of assistive devices such as speech-generating devices or communication boards.

Benefits of natural medicine and rehabilitation

Before looking at the benefits of each, it is important to understand that rehabilitation is a global concept, regrouping different practices, while natural medicine is a complete healthcare tool. 

Rehabilitation only applies to recovery, while natural medicine can be used for health choices, disease prevention and treatment, and recovery.

Also, most of the time, rehabilitation comes down to, almost exclusively, physiotherapy sessions. In that case, the benefits may be diminished, as physiotherapy alone, depending on the type of recovery, is often not the most appropriate tool or at least not sufficient on its own. 

Concerning natural medicine, the benefits will largely depend on the quality of the natural medicine therapist and the desired results. 

To give you an example, if someone is looking to completely cure himself of a severe and chronic life-threatening disease with natural medicine, then this person will be most likely disappointed because this is simply asking for too much of natural medicine abilities.  

In this case, no matter how good the therapist is, the problem lies in the desired results. This is why it is the responsibility of the therapist to clearly explain, in the beginning, to the patient the reasonable expectations he can have when using natural medicine. 

This is why we always recommend going to a Holistic Natural Health Expert, who will be able to make a personalized assessment of your health and determine reachable health goals. 

Considering the above facts, here is a list of possible benefits of natural medicine:

  • Side effects free treatments
  • Prevention of diseases
  • Improved basic health (energy, focus, muscle strength, immunity, etc.)
  • Increased protection against pollutants
  • Treatment of a wide range of health issues
  • Improved health independence
  • Ability to make better health choices
  • Improved longevity

Considering the above facts, here is a list of possible benefits of rehabilitation:

  • Improved mobility and function
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced risk of complications

How to shift from conventional medicine to natural medicine?

We have to be careful when talking about the good of natural medicine and the bad of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine is useful and needed on specific occasions. 

Conventional medicine is mainly problematic because of its corruption and control by pharmaceutical companies, which makes it go more and more against the health of the patient. 

In the past 3 years, this problem has taken unprecedented proportions with massive repercussions worldwide. 

But even so, conventional medicine contains essential elements like:

  • Diagnostic tools 
  • Emergency procedures and tools
  • Strong remedies
  • Surgery

These elements are valuable for healthcare, and it would be foolish to do without them. 

Therefore the question is not how to shift from conventional medicine to natural medicines, but how to use both natural medicines and conventional medicine for the best healthcare possible. 

For that, there is no magical formula to follow, as it depends on many variables like

  • Patient’s health condition
  • Patient’s health goals
  • Diseases (past and present)
  • Type of access to healthcare
  • Financial budget
  • Local availability of healthcare
  • Etc.

To determine all that, we recommend going to a Holistic Natural Health Expert who will be able to structure a healthcare plan according to your needs.

Benefits of natural medicine for rehabilitation

When in rehabilitation, most patients are already having sessions of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and chemical remedies like anti-inflammatories and painkillers. 

In the case of rehabilitation after heavy surgery, the patients are often also taking antibiotics to fight any possible infections. 

All these chemical drugs have side effects, and some of them will slow down the recovery process while creating other problems. 

This is where natural medicine is very useful. Indeed, it can help speed up the recovery process while decreasing the quantity and amount of chemical pills needed and, at the same time, preventing other problems. 

On the other hand, there are rehabilitation scenarios where conventional medicine simply has nothing to propose. In those cases, natural medicine will be the only rehabilitation solution.

For example, in the case of a sprained ankle or a broken bone that does not need surgery or plaster, conventional medicine can only advise the patient to go home and rest while taking anti-inflammatories and painkillers only if needed.

It’s the same for a well-done surgery, conventional medicine has nothing to propose to speed up wound healing and avoid bad scars, while natural medicine can propose many solutions. 

As natural medicine considers the person as a whole and addresses the physical, mental, and emotional side, it is also very handy to work on traumas during the rehabilitation process. 

For example, in the case of a patient recovering from a violent accident, although conventional medicine would have worked on the physical integrity of the patient, natural medicine will be able to work on the mental and emotional side as well, helping the patient to properly digest his trauma in order to recover well and avoid the development of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Our advice for best rehabilitation

Like prevention and treatment, rehabilitation needs to be properly planned and carried out according to your unique situation. 

It needs to be personalized for you and adapted to your health condition and goals. Adopting a synergic approach is the best solution for optimal rehabilitation. 

In the case of rehabilitation after surgery, the key will be to choose wisely the surgeon that will operate on you, as this will be the main factor that will determine the quality of your rehabilitation. 

In all cases, we recommend that the rehabilitation process if coordinated by a holistic natural health expert, who will be able to create this synergic approach, combining conventional medicine and natural medicine. 

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