Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Holistic Approach to Pregnancy and Childbirth

A major life transition for women is pregnancy and childbirth. They are physical events, which affect the whole lifestyle of the individual like: their identity, values, relationships and beliefs. It makes absolute sense to consider a body, mind and spirit or a holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth.

Many may have doubts and fears about a holistic approach. There will be questions asked like whether they can achieve a healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth and also if they can maintain their physical and emotional health and well-being during that transition.

The Physical Benefits of a Holistic Approach

You can minimize the physical discomforts of pregnancy and maximize your physical health with a holistic approach. A proper exercise regimen and a healthy diet will help build a strong foundation. Many complementary practises and therapies will also help in alleviating problems during pregnancy. For example, acupuncture and massage will offer comfort with low risk of side effects.

The Emotional Benefits of a Holistic Approach

During the period of pregnancy and childbirth, many women go through an emotional roller coaster ride with symptoms of anxiety, mood swings and even depression. There are many families who have the wrong notion that women who give birth are the happiest people in the world. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Having a baby represents a great change, not just for the body but also the mind. So it can get pretty stressful. That is when you should acknowledge your shortcomings and make the effort to make peace with yourself. This will reduce the harmful effects of stress on your body and mind. Reducing mental stress, will decrease your blood pressure, heart rate, reduces muscular tension, helps in digestion, and enhances immunity and the strength to deal with discomfort and pain. You can implement holistic stress reduction techniques like yoga, meditation, self-hypnosis, guided imagery, massage, etc.

The Benefits of Holistic Approach to Childbirth

Holistic approach during childbirth facilitates the most natural progression of labor. You can have the liberty to discuss with your doctor or midwife about the best plan of care that is safe for you and your child.  This will give you confidence about your decision and empower you to do the best for your family. However, you need to learn about the risks and benefits of holistic approach if the labor progresses in an expected or unexpected manner. For example, your doctor or midwife may opt for a Caesarean section if the baby is in a breech position or may induce labor to help you better cope with pain. Knowing this vital piece of information will help you better prepare for what’s ahead. You and your health care provider can both decide to wait for labor or schedule surgery.

Holistic approach helps you avoid the unnecessary use of technology. Your healthcare provider will not undertake common labor interventions like fetal monitoring, vacuum extractors and forceps. These tools may be beneficial at some time but when used unnecessarily, it can cause problems for the health of the mother and the baby.

Pain management and Holistic practises

When it comes to the choice of pain management, there are various holistic treatments and techniques used like breathing, hydrotherapy, guided imagery, aromatherapy, self-hypnosis, movement in place of drugs like epidurals. But why on earth will women choose a natural birth if they can take conventional medicine to ease the pain and discomfort? The answer is simple and complex at the same time. Conventional medicine will help you feel more comfortable during labor but it can cause side effects in the long run.  Using narcotic type medications will cause the mother to feel nauseated, groggy and lightheaded which will potentially interfere with movement. The baby has a strong possibility of being born sleepy and in need of breathing simulation. This causes interference with breastfeeding as well. Spinal anaesthesia will affect the length of labor and may increase the chances of a caesarean section. There may be a drop in blood pressure for the mother which affects the amount of oxygen that gets to the baby. Sometimes a urinary catheter is used to drain urine from the bladder. Some women will experience difficulty in passing urine even after the epidural wears off.

Taking these facts into consideration, a holistic approach manages pain and allows the mother to avoid the side effects of conventional medication. This will result in many advantages like quick post recovery, minimal side effects and proper breastfeeding.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

What is a Homeopathic Detox?

We no longer live in a clean, pollution free world with access to natural produce and products at our beck and call. Clean air and healthy food is somewhat of a distant memory nowadays where everything is tainted with artificial products and toxic substances. Almost every substance we come into contact with is not good for the human body. Additionally, modern life has also become extremely stressful and monotonous, with fast-paced schedules. This gives us no time for proper rest and relaxation. Our body’s immune system is also in constant battle with unhealthy food, polluted living conditions and the stress of daily living. This battle has left many feeling weak and unwell with no means to live productive lives.

The human body is constantly being poisoned everyday, where toxins accumulate in our system. As immunity grows weak, the body is not strong or healthy enough to fight sickness and diseases through its normal eliminative channels. The build-up of stress and toxins in the body will continue to erode the immune system. If the body does not eliminate them regularly, it will lead to adverse health conditions and illnesses.

There are so many health problems and ailments that appear to have no discernible cause. Some illnesses include irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, weight loss or weight gain and even some type of cancers. Due to a weakened immune system, the body will not be able to fight off other health problems like skin infections, colds, digestive problems, ulcers, etc. The only way to clear your system of toxic elements and stress is to bring it back to its original energetic level which includes physical and mental wellness. Only then the immune system will start to rid the body of its toxins on a regular basis.

How do we detoxify our body to achieve optimum health? A homeopathic detox can help immensely in making you feel healthier and live a productive life free from sickness and stress.  It acts deeply and gently cleanses, restores and removes blockages in the body’s waste removal process. You need to follow a healthy diet by combining organic, seasonal produce, probiotic foods and fluids with exercise to eliminate toxins and detoxify your system naturally. By following healthy lifestyle practices and homeopathic detoxification methods with homeopathic medicine, the body will detoxify itself through all of the excretory organs like the skin, lungs, liver, kidneys, intestines, lymph nodes, pancreas and genitals. This method is called homeopathic drainage. Homeopathic drainage alleviates problems like migraines, allergic reactions, skin infections, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, fatigue, etc. It also aids in weight control and weight loss.

When homeopathic medicines are properly prescribed by an experienced homeopath, it is not dangerous or harsh for your body. It will support your whole system in finding the right balance without harmful side effects. This means that you can detoxify your body on a regular basis or as part of a health tune-up to maintain optimum immune system function. The absolute safe way to start the homeopathic detoxification process is to prescribe medication based on the person’s medical problem, underlying symptoms and medical history. Homeopathic treatments are customized for each individual patient and not by “this for that” short-cut methods. The classic yet effective homeopathic approach to prescribing medicine is to select a single remedy based on the body’s overall constitution. This is called as constitutional remedy. These remedies can cause a "healing crisis," which means there may be an interval of getting worse before getting better. To properly avoid this, the complex approach is necessary, that is, selecting a mix of remedies to balance out your body's response.

Never attempt to detoxify yourself as a detox reaction may occur which could make your health condition even worse. If you are in poor mental and physical health, you need to seek professional homeopathic advice from a practitioner. Your body may be weakened and depressed to high levels of stress and toxicity that conventional medicine cannot heal.