Wholistic Alternative Methods
Whether it is called "wholistic" or "holistic," this is a type of alternative medicine that has become quite popular in Western countries. The main problem I have with this and other alternative medical practices is the lack of independent doublke blind clinical studies that can verify the efficacy of its treatment.
Over and over again, studies that have been done have either been criticized for the weakness in methodology or control. Time and time again the word "inconclusive" has been been used when describing the results.
The best one can say about wholistic treatment is that it actually may help with relaxation and stress. Other then that, not so much of lymphatic conditions.
As of this update of Jan. 6, 2012, there still have been no credible independent clinical studies showing that lymphedema can be treated or cured successfully through wholistic methods. One article printed in 2005 tells of onewholistic therapist who has "successfully" developed treatment for lymphedema. It should be noted that the article is in a publication that is unquestionably pro wholistic methods and supports all types of unproven wholistic medical processes.
Many sites now claim to be able to "activate" your lymph system, thereby reducing or resolving the swelling. It is imperative that one must understand the pathophysiology of lymphedema. It is caused by damage to (from injury, trauma etc) or being born with an incomplete or damaged lymph system. The only way these products would cure or alleviate lymphedema is if they were able to "regrow" or heal the malformed lymph systems.
II am reminded of a rather well known and great electronics inventor who recently dies from cancer. He chose to not have regular medical treatments and instead chose an alternative method. He recently passed away, and the verdict was that had he pursued regular medical treatment, he might well be alive today.
Jan. 6, 2012
Please note that the following articles discusses wholistic nutritional supplementation that may be useful in supporting a patient's daily regime of self-care. This is not an endorsement.
I am providing this information because of my belief that we need to have a full knowledge of treatment options available.
This is for patient information only - I would urge lymphedema patients to consult with their physicians regarding any information contained herein.
Also referred to as Holistic Medicine
Wholistic Medicine is defined as a system of total patient care that involves the physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs of the patient.
It also considers the patient's response to illness and disease and its impact on the patient's ability to meet self-care needs.
In terms of treating lymphedema, the treatment involves the use of enzymes, vitamins, herbs and homeopathic compounds in conjunction with standard recognized decongestive therapies. Other goals of this approach include body detoxification, prevention of cellulitis and prevention of fibrosis.
Is there a good side?
one real value I see is in the concept that healing involves not just
physical, but the emotional, spiritual, nutritional and social sides of
are as people, not just a case or a patient. Certainly if it
process, we could benefit. But still, we need some type of
on solid research.
Suzan Walter, President of the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), put together an excellent summary of the principals of Holistic Health.
Medicine is often used by the general public
and some healthcare practitioners to refer to medical techniques which
are not known or accepted by the majority "conventional" or "allopathic"
medical practitioners (usually M.D.'s). Such techniques could include
non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques such as Medical Herbalism,
Reiki, and many others. However, the term Alternative Medicine can also
refer to any experimental drug or non-drug technique that is not
currently accepted by "conventional" medical practitioners. As
non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques become popular and accepted
by large number of "conventional" practitioners, these techniques will
no longer be considered Alternative Medicine.
Alternative Medicine refers to techniques that are not currently accepted by "conventional" practitioners, but what is currently accepted is quickly changing. Even the definition of "conventional practitioners" is quickly changing. Therefore, techniques that are now considered part of Alternative Medicine will soon be considered part of "conventional" medicine. The terms Holistic Healing and Holistic Medicine are slightly more stable than Alternative Medicine and are therefore preferable.
Medicine is often used by "conventional" medical
practitioners to refer to non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques
used as a complement to "conventional" medical treatments such as drugs
and surgery. The term implies that "conventional" medicine is used as a
primary tool and the non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques are
used as a supplement when needed.
In many cases, properly chosen non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical healing techniques plus properly chosen lifestyle changes can completely and safely heal both acute and chronic illnesses. In other cases, "conventional" medicine is only needed in emergencies or when the safer non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical methods fail. In some cases "conventional" medicine will be a major part of a Holistic Healing Plan, but in some cases it is not needed at all.
Natural Healing usually refers to the use of non-invasive and non-pharmaceuticals techniques to help heal the patient. When most people use the term Natural Healing, they are usually referring to physical healing techniques only.
From: Holistic Healing Web Page
The Principles of Holistic Medicine
1. Optimal health is the primary goal of holistic medical practice. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully alive. This creates a condition of well-being regardless of the presence or absence of disease.
2. The Healing Power of Love. Holistic health care practitioners strive to meet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition, as love is life’s most powerful healer.
3. Whole person. Holistic health care practitioners view people as the unity of body, mind, spirit and the systems in which they live.
4. Prevention and Treatment. Holistic health care practitioners promote health, prevent illness and help raise awareness of dis-ease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms. A holistic approach relieves symptoms, modifies contributing factors, and enhances the patient’s life system to optimize future well-being.
5. Innate Healing Power. All people have innate powers of healing in their bodies, minds and spirits. Holistic health care practitioners evoke and help patients utilize these powers to affect the healing process.
6. Integration of Healing Systems. Holistic health care practitioners embrace a lifetime of learning about all safe and effective options in diagnosis and treatment. These options come from a variety of traditions, and are selected in order to best meet the unique needs of the patient. The realm of choices may include lifestyle modification and complementary approaches as well as conventional drugs and surgery.
7. Relationship-centered care. The ideal practitioner-patient relationship is a partnership which encourages patient autonomy, and values the needs and insights of both parties. The quality of this relationship is an essential contributor to the healing process.
8. Individuality. Holistic health care practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person.
9. Teaching by Example. Holistic health care practitioners continually work toward the personal incorporation of the principles of holistic health, which then profoundly influence the quality of the healing relationship.
10. Learning opportunities. All life experiences including birth, joy, suffering and the dying process are profound learning opportunities for both patients and health care practitioners.
Because the Western North Carolina's Glasser Massage & Lymhpedema Services is at the fore front of this type of treatment, I am listing links to their several articles.
Western North Carolina's Wholistic Lymphedema Treatment Center
Complimentary Wholistic Remedies for Lymphedema Treatment
Wholistic Approach to Treatment of Primary Lymphedema - Elephantiasis: A Case Study
Horsechestnut Herb in the Treatment of Lymphedema
The Importance of Body and Lymphatic Detoxification
in the Treatment of Lymphedema
Update and a Word of Caution about the use of Horsechestnut Herb
Natural Treatments for Swollen Limbs
Issue 26 ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Page 27
Wholistic Integrative Care
Anti-Oxidant Vitamin Therapy - Lymphedema - Yellow Nail Syndrome
Benzopyrones - (Courmarin) - Lymphedema Treatment
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine as Supportive Care Treatment for Cancer Patients
Chinese Herbs for the Treatment of Lymphedema
Exploring the Principles of Treating Phlegm-Damp Accumulation
by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon
Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Cancer
American Family Physician
May 1, 2003
Energy Medicine for the Internist
Energy medicine includes a broad variety of complementary/ alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, such as acupuncture, kinesiology, and spiritual healing.
What is Holistic Healing?
Index of articles for Lymphedema Treatment :
Complex Decongestive Therapy
Flexitouch Device - Initial Observations
Flexitouch Device for Arm Lymphedema
Kinesio Taping (R)
Laser Treatment - Sara's Experience
Light Beam Generator Therapy
Lymphedema Treatment Programs Canada
Lymphedema Treatments are Poorly Utilized
Short Stretch Bandages
Why Compression Pumps cause Complications with Lymphedema
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Support group for parents, patients, children who suffer from all forms of lymphangiectasia. This condition is caused by dilation of the lymphatics. It can affect the intestinal tract, lungs and other critical body areas.
Disorders Support Group @ Yahoo Groups
While we have a number of support groups for lymphedema... there is nothing out there for other lymphatic disorders. Because we have one of the most comprehensive information sites on all lymphatic disorders, I thought perhaps, it is time that one be offered.
Information and support for rare and unusual disorders affecting the lymph system. Includes lymphangiomas, lymphatic malformations, telangiectasia, hennekam's syndrome, distichiasis, Figueroa
syndrome, ptosis syndrome, plus many more. Extensive database of information available through sister site Lymphedema People.
For our Google fans, we have just created this online support group in Google Groups:
Group email: All-About-Lymphedema@googlegroups.com
If you an AOL fan and looking for a support group in AOL Groups, come and join us there.
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para-aortic lymph node dissection (EPLND)
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