Holistic Medicine of Ancient Times Compare to Today’s Natural Health Remedies

According to holistic medicine practitioners, holistic medicine is a state of balance. It is the practice of the concept that healing is the most potent when reflecting upon the person as a whole, rather than fixating on one condition. Holistic medicine focuses on the connections between the body and environment with the mind and spirit.

Holistic Medicine in Ancient Times

Ancient healers understood the importance of emotional well-being. Without being well in the spirit and mind, it is almost impossible to be well in the body. Two of the earliest traditions of holistic health were TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine began over five thousand years ago. Though it has evolved, it is still practiced today. TCM was the first ancient medicine to view the body as a vessel with many interconnecting elements, including energies known as shen and qi, or spirit and life force.  TCM is till practiced today, and you can learn about it at Natural Healers.


Ayurveda originated in India. An ancient text written by Sushruta called  “Father of Surgery,” was found to be from the 6th-century B.C. The text speaks of the 7 primary constituent elements of the body, the 5 great elements of the universe and the three “doshas,” or biological energies each represent. Using these ideas and eight healing methods, Ayurveda guides patients toward balance. A form of Ayurveda is still practiced today, and you can learn more about Here.

Natural Health Remedies used with Ancient Holistic Medicine

Herbs and natural oils were the key emphases for ancient holistic health. Both TCM and Ayurveda utilized the natural ingredients. Furthermore, herbal medicine was traditionally used all over the world and is the oldest form of health care to be known to man. Indigenous people from all around the world realized the medicinal properties of plants, which led to western herbalism.

Western Herbalism

As far as historians can tell, western herbalism began in ancient Rome and Greece, then expanded through Europe. It eventually spread to South America and North America. As well as the dried herb, the oils were used from the plants too. These have become known as essential oils.

Modern Natural Health

Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, who lived in the 4th century B.C., emphasized the healing force of nature. He was entirely optimistic of the self-healing properties of the body.

Many people today still share Hippocrates’ faith in natural health remedies. With synthetic treatments having so many side-effects, it is no wonder that more people are looking back to natural health. Our mental states are at risk today as well. Our fast paced lives are demanding, and managing the stress can be just as demanding. This causes our bodies to become unbalanced and begin to break down, which ultimately leads to disease and depression.

Doctors want to treat all illnesses the same, with a pill and unnatural treatment plans. Sometimes this is necessary, but with modern medicine full of chemicals and toxins, our emotional state’s of well-being are at more risk than ever before.

With people becoming more educated in natural health, they are becoming more concerned with the medications that they are taking. Natural health is not just about the use of herbs and essential oils, though they are a big part of it all. Natural health also consists of natural treatment programs such as aromatherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, nutrition and acupuncture.

In conclusion, natural health, and holistic medicine can help you become balanced again ─  in body and mind!



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*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have.

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