Holistic Medicine in London

There are two fundamental reasons for the development of holistic medicine: the growing awareness of individual health and the progressive concern for the risks associated with drugs. Holistic medicine should be administered, as all medical treatment, by certified professionals (graduates in Medicine) who can and are permitted to diagnose. They are also supposed to have the medical knowledge to discern which alternative treatment best suits the patient. Because of this, La Jornada interviewed the expert Adela Gorodzinsky.

What is the difference between conventional and holistic medicine?

In these modern times we have discounted the traditional methods and we have replaced them with what we often refer to as the ‘orthodox medical methods’, which, in turn, are the traditional methods of our times.

In the case of ‘traditional’ medicine, the success of its methods are based on anecdotes of successful results. People pass information from one to another and in doing so, maintain the traditions to improve our health.

“Holistic” means the method used by considering all or several factors when we are dealing with a disease, taking into account the individual’s physical, emotional, mental, social and even spiritual condition.

For example: a person who complains of back pain. S/he goes to the conventional doctor. The doctor will prescribe conventional medicine which has been scientifically proven to treat that kind of pain. However, in this case, the pain will not subside. The patient then goes to a holistic practitioner. This practitioner assesses the patient holistically. S/he realizes that the patient is wearing an old shoe which has a hole in the sole and the laces are not tied on the other. S/he realizes that the foot in the shoe with a hole has developed a bunion on the big toe and a blister on the second toe.

The holistic practitioner then realizes that the patient has had to compensate for the pain that the bunion and the blister are causing. S/he then has transferred her/his body weight to the other side, therefore creating a curvature in her/his back that is not natural. After several days of repeating this movement with every step, back pain is sure to develop. Not until they deal with the bunion and the blister, and the patient is given good shoes, will the back pain subside.

What diseases and conditions does holistic medicine treat?

The term “Holistic” means “treat individuals as individuals.” This opens the possibility of treating each person with what is most appropriate for their situation. Given this, holistic can include both traditional modern medicine, such as MTC and / or all methods considered ‘complementary or alternative’. The patient is treated accordingly as s/he is in the present, not as s/he was at some other time in the past.

How do I know if I need holistic medicine or whether I am a candidate for holistic medicine?

By the simple fact that I am an individual, I am suitable to receive holistic medicine. I may need an MRI as well as a Trager ® session and specific diet and if I have a lot of emotional stress. I may also need counselling to correct an intestinal problem. Our bodies sing to what happens in our souls.

Would it be possible to avoid surgery if we use holistic medicine?

My personal experience, and that of the clients that I’ve worked with, has been varied in this respect. Having our minds, spirit and body aligned and healthy, certainly helps prevent disease and often surgery. If we are stressed and this tension becomes chronic , OR if we have an accident, we may end up having surgery.

There are times when things are just the way they are, and we need surgery. However, one technique does not negate the other. Holistic medicine can help tremendously in both: the preparation and when recovering from surgery.

For example, when a person has trouble with his hip and it needs to be replaced, s/he can be treated with Trager ® massage since it is very gentle, to give her/him more comfort and movement pre-operatively. After surgery, more treatments and movement classes are given, to reduce the fear of moving and to learn to walk in a different way using her/his leg and the rest of her/his body in the best way possible.

What is Adela Gorodzinsky’s experience in the practice of Holistic Medicine?

My experience has been varied and rich. Personally and with the clients with whom I work, I have witnessed much more rapid recovery than expected when using holistic methods, sometimes in combination with conventional therapy and sometimes on their own. For example, as mentioned in the paragraph above, from recovering of hip, eye or hand… operations.

People have been able to engage in activities that are outside of the parameters that conventional medicine expected. I have seen recovery of drug and alcohol addictions and eating disorders, using psychotherapy combined with Mentastics® (relaxation through movement).

I have seen colleagues working with people who for years had been unable to move a foot or a finger, and, after a session of Trager and Mentastics they have been able to move these parts again. It has been impressive to witness how physical release can cause a deep emotional relief!

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