Natural therapies are often considered “complementary”, since, when health suffers, it is not necessary to choose drastically between one type of medicine and another. The most appropriate –and least distressing for the patient– is to take the best of each and opt for an integrative, more holistic and personalized medicine.
Given this unquestionable evidence, more and more public and private hospitals offer their patients the possibility of receiving –in parallel to their conventional treatments– less aggressive therapies, especially requested in chronic diseases, in cancer patients and in the treatment of pain.
The trend is so overwhelming that even primary care centers such as the CAP Can Bou in Castelldefels have not hesitated to add acupuncture, osteopathy and yoga services.
Hospitals open up to natural therapies and involve patients
Aware that natural therapies give people more autonomy because they teach resources to prevent and live healthier, the Sant Rafael Hospital (Barcelona) has recently created a Natural Therapies Unit, directed by doctors Ana Aleson and Montserrat González.
Its objective is to broaden the range of therapies within the framework of medicine with less iatrogenicity, that is, with fewer side effects. And with tools accessible to patients so that they can apply them in their daily lives, even at home (wraps, foot baths, clay…).
Within the dynamics of a large hospital, this unit “offers a quality service focused on the application of natural stimuli that activate the body’s healing capacity,” according to doctors Aleson and González.
“Among these stimuli we have healthy foods, medicinal plants, water, etc., with which we seek to promote an integral improvement of the person. It is a prevention and healing service that is based on the principles of natural medicine,” they continue. .
Improving nutrition is improving health
There are more and more diseases related to a poor diet, very poor in the nutrients necessary to face the day to day.
In the Sant Rafael Natural Food consultation, the patient is redirected towards healthy habits, with the consumption of fresh, local, seasonal products and without toxic chemical substances.
Sometimes they indicate cleansing diets or diets adapted to the age, intolerances or disease of the patient.
With the help of phytotherapy
The long experience of the doctors allows them to use medicinal plants effectively. They are powerful tools and for this reason they must be prescribed by professionals who are well-versed in their properties and interactions with medications.
water heals too
They have also recovered simple hydrotherapy techniques that allow patients to get the most out of the properties of water.
There are still more valuable therapies in the hospital
Order therapy recovers the biological clock that keeps us in balance and that stress easily throws us out of control. Cupping activates energy points through suction cups.
Reflex therapy stimulates local points that affect a more distant organ or tissue. And neural therapy is used in pain treatments.
“We also offer resources to chronic patients with multiple medications, to people with drug intolerances (liver disease, allergies…) or with pain, in order to improve their quality of life as much as possible”, explain the medical managers of this innovative therapeutic unit.
Taken from: Cuerpomente.com