101 Resources for a Holistic Healthcare Regimen

Holistic healthcare sees health and well-being from the perspective of maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle in order to help prevent illness. In addition, holistic care approaches health maintenance from a combination of mind, body, and spirit techniques. With so many schools of thought in holistic healthcare, it may be difficult to know which way you want to go. The following 101 resources touch on several aspects of a holistic style of living and will provide you with the information you need to create a holistic regimen for your life.

Body Work

From something as common as massage to less known techniques such as Thai Yoga Massage, these body work therapies offer opportunities for wellness, healing, and stress reduction.

  1. The Health Benefits of Massage. Learn how massage not only feels good, but provides benefits for your mind and body.  
  2. Shiatsu. While this entire blog is devoted to Shiatsu, this specific post does an excellent job of conveying the nuances of the practice. Lots of links to other shiatsu sites are also included.
  3. 15 Easy Steps On How to Give a Hot Stone Massage. While you may not be giving a hot stone massage any time soon, this article describes what you might experience if you receive this type of massage. Or you can give this article to your partner to give it a try at home.
  4. Massage Techniques – Health Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage. Learn the history and benefits of Ayurvedic massage in this blog post.
  5. Reflexology Live. This blog, dedicated to hand and foot reflexology, offers information, tips, and techniques on reflexology you can use in your daily life.
  6. Is Foot Reflexology a Massage? Learn exactly what foot reflexology is and how it benefits your well-being.
  7. Dr. Jay’s Blog. Follow the latest news and get helpful tips on chiropractic care with this blog written by a practicing chiropractor.
  8. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. This overview of OMT provides common manipulations that your D.O. might perform as well as what each manipulation might accomplish.
  9. Healing and Therapeutic Touch. Learn the basics about these two touch techniques frequently used by nurses in the U.S. 
  10. Applied Alexander Blog. Find out about the Alexander Technique and how and why it works as a hands-on approach to healing.
  11. Craniosacral Massage–The Benefits. This article explains what to expect with a craniosacral massage, how it works, and what type of benefits you can expect from this treatment.
  12. Thai Yoga Massage. Combining elements of yoga and massage, this ancient form of massage therapy results in an excellent form of relaxation and well-being.
  13. Acupuncture And Myofascial Trigger Therapy Treat Same Pain Areas. Reporting on a study funded by the Mayo Clinic, this article describes how myofascial therapy works in much the same way as acupuncture in relieving pain.

Nutrition

Good nutrition is one of the cornerstones to healthy living. The following resources provide great information on how to achieve the best nutritious diet for you.

  1. Superfoods. Goji berries and cacao nibs?  Learn what is so special about these superfoods and others that you might be more familiar eating with this podcast. Be sure to listen to the other installments in the superfoods series.
  2. Raw Foodism with Chef Dan. Learn what a raw food diet is all about with this interview with a raw foodism chef. 
  3. Organic Guide. Included in this blog are posts about organic-relevant news pieces as well as many organic food topics such as growing your own sprouts, finding a good juicer, and recipes.
  4. Five Easy Pieces of an Organic Diet. Having a hard time going organic? This article will help you get started while making the biggest environmental impact.
  5. 10 Tasty, Easy and Healthy Breakfast Ideas. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are some suggestions for what to eat and how to do it when you are short on time in the mornings.
  6. Antioxidant Benefits From Drinking Green Tea. Learn about how antioxidants help your body and why green tea is such an excellent source.
  7. Do You Get Enough Probiotics In Your Diet? While this blog post is specifically focused on weight loss, it does an excellent job of explaining why probiotics are important for your body.
  8. Holistic Health Nutrition Facts. Browse this blog for tons of information about nutrition and keeping your body healthy. Topics include omega-3 fatty acids, preventing heart disease, and the health benefit of minerals.
  9. VegFamily Magazine. This e-zine offers advice, recipes, and articles on living healthily and eating vegan.
  10. Savvy Vegetarian. Get support, recipes, and articles from this site devoted to vegetarian lifestyle and diet.
  11. The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics. Whether you are browsing the blog or checking out the FAQ’s, this site will tell you what you need to know about a macrobiotic diet.
  12. Our Gluten Free Family. This comprehensive blog not only covers gluten free recipes, it also provides news and information with a holistic approach to health. Posts have covered probiotics, raw food, and protecting children from toxins.

Supplementation

While good nutrition does provide the bulk of what a body needs, due to special circumstances or in order to provide more preventative care, supplements can help you stay healthy. Learn about these supplements and how they can help you.

  1. How To Choose A Quality Multi Vitamin. Remember growing up on Flintstone vitamins? Well here’s an article that can help you make a healthier choice when it comes to your daily vitamin supplement.
  2. Holistic Health: Supplementing with Vitamins. Read about the importance of vitamin supplements and learn what many of the specific vitamins do for your body.
  3. The top five nutrients for healthy skin. As this article mentions, the skin is an indicator of overall health. Find out how to keep both your skin and your overall health in top condition.
  4. 7 Fish Oil Benefits Proven by Research. Taking a fish oil supplement is incredibly beneficial to your body. Choosing a high-quality fish oil will ensure the best results and eliminate any "fishy" taste from the supplement. 
  5. Vitamin B complex. For energy and general well-being, taking the B vitamins is a great solution. B vitamins work together to enhance the benefits of each, so find a good B complex to supplement your diet.
  6. Flaxseed: Small But Mighty Health Food!. Find out what is so special about these tiny seeds in this article.
  7. Cancer Prevention – Part Two: Decreasing Your Cancer Risk Factor Through Nutrition and Monitoring. Read about how you can help improve your chances of preventing cancer through supplementation.

Chinese Medicine

Diagnosis and treatment in Chinese medicine are based on the theory of yin and yang as well as the five element theory. It practitioners then use a combination of acupuncture, herbs, and qigong exercises to restore health. Learn about each of these aspects of Chinese medicine with the following resources.

  1. Acupuncture.com. This website offers everything from acupuncture point locater to Chinese medicine basics.
  2. Acupuncture News. Get the latest in news and information from the world of acupuncture. This blog is written by a practicing acupuncturist.
  3. Leung’s Chinese Herb News. This expert in Chinese herbs shares his knowledge through this blog.
  4. The Qi Life Force & Herbal Medicine. Learn how Chinese medicine uses herbology differently than other holistic approaches to herbal remedies.
  5. Qigong Therapy. This overview explains clearly the concepts and methods of qigong therapy as used in Chinese medicine.
  6. Yin and Yang in Chinese Medicine. Find out about the balance of yin and yang and how it relates to health.
  7. The Five Elements. Learn the five elements and how they relate to the human body as well as to yin and yang.

Ayurveda

Relying on three types of energies that are found in everything (vata, pitta, and kapha), Ayurveda works to keep a balance of these energies. The approach takes into consideration body, mind, and spirit.

  1. Ayurveda: A Brief Introduction and Guide. This article covers the basics of Ayurveda as well as provides a complete description of the three energies.
  2. Meaning of Ayurveda. Find out exactly what Ayurveda is and how it works to help support health and healing.
  3. Links for Ayurveda. This list, courtesy of The Joyful Belly, offers links offering information on diet, journals, herbs, and general Ayurveda information.
  4. Know Your Dosha: Dosha Test. Take this short quiz to determine which dosha you are. Once you know, you can more easily tailor Ayurvedic therapies to your type.
  5. Fran’s House of Ayurveda. This blog provides recipes with explanations for appropriateness or alterations for each of the three doshas.
  6. Ayurvedic Home Remedies. Find remedies for a number of problems–all based on the Ayurvedic approach to medicine.

Other Techniques

Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are both ancient and very common approaches to holistic healthcare, but they are not the only forms of care. Herbs, homeopathy, and naturopathy are also very popular ways to incorporate a holistic approach to your lifestyle. Learn more about these three techniques below.

  1. Herbal medicine. Herbs  are one popular holistic approach to health. Since prehistoric times, people have relied on the idea that plants and plant extracts can provide health benefits when used correctly.This overview provides an excellent start to learning about herbs and their medical uses.
  2. What is Herbalism? Learn all you need to know about what herbalism is and how it works to keep your body healthy. Also, there is quite a good list of specific issues and herbs that can help each. 
  3. Herb-blog-ogy. Get news, research, and reviews about herbs and their healing properties on this blog.
  4. Just What is Homeopathy? Another holistic approach to medicine, homeopathy asserts that certain substances that would create symptoms in a healthy person, when given to an ill person, will cure those same symptoms. Learn the basics here.
  5. National Center for Homeopathy. This site will provide any information you want to learn about homeopathy.
  6. Homeopathic Solutions: Resources. Providing links to major homeopathic sites as well as specialized books, this site offers a number of sources for homeopathy.
  7. Naturopathy is Nature’s Medicine. Describing the various aspects of naturopathy practice, this article paints a clear picture of what this treatment is about and how it can provide remedies and help maintain health.
  8. The History of Traditional Naturopathy. Learn about what naturopathy is and how it originated. Be sure to click on the other links to find out more about naturopathy.

Energy and Movement Exercises

Many of the holistic approaches to health and well-being include movement and energy exercises. Learn about some of the most popular exercises and how they complement holistic healthcare.

  1. Meditation Oasis. A companion to their podcasts, this blog offers guided meditations. Be sure to sign up for the podcasts, too.
  2. How to Practice Buddhist Breathing Meditation. Follow these simple steps to establishing an ancient form of breathing meditation sure to help you find your inner peace.
  3. The Everything Yoga Blog. Read the posts to gain information to improve your yoga practice or visit some of the other blogs and site included here.
  4. Free Picture Galleries of Hatha Yoga Poses. These helpful photos and accompanying text will improve your yoga practice whether at home or in class.
  5. Cloud Hands: Mind/Body Movement Arts. From walking to tai chi, this blog covers several topics written in a style sure to help you create a sound balance between mind and body health.
  6. Tai Chi Blog. Read this blog for information about the benefits of tai chi as well as techniques and links to videos to help improve your tai chi practice.
  7. Chi Balls. These small, musical balls hit acupuncture spots in your hands and work to relieve stress and provide lots of additional health benefits.
  8. Reiki Matt’s Blog. Get the latest news and information about the Japanese practice of Reiki in this blog.
  9. Qigong Blog. Learn about this ancient aspect of Chinese medicine that incorporates breathing and body postures to maintain good health.

Therapies

So many different types of holistic therapies are available. Depending on what appeals to you and your practitioner, you may decide to try a combination of these. Learn about some of these distinct therapies and how they can enhance your holistic regimen.

  1. Hypnotherapy. From stress reduction to quitting smoking, find out what hypnotherapy can do for you.
  2. Aromatherapy: Health Benefits and How Does it Work. Scent is one of the most powerful senses when it comes to memory and healing. This article is an excellent overview of aromatherapy and explains how scent helps your body heal and stay healthy.
  3. Healing Through Old Medicine: Essential Oils. Essential oils are used as a part of aromatherapy, but they also play an important role in other ways too. This article includes how specific essential oils help with physical and mental issues and how to select the best essential oils.
  4. Polarity Therapy. Based on the human energy field, this therapy can bring beneficial results for a variety of health issues and works well in conjunction with craniosacral therapy.
  5. The Yoga of Sound. Combining sound therapy and yoga, this type of practice can bring benefits that many seek with caffeine, alcohol, or medications.
  6. Sound Healing and CranioSacral Therapy. Learn how this practitioner combines sound therapy with craniosacral therapy. Also read about CelloCranio.
  7. Color Therapy and Personal Growth. Listing which colors help with facets of both health and emotional well-being, this intriguing article provides easy ways to incorporate this therapy on your own.
  8. Crystal Therapy. Drawing on the almost universal appeal people have to stones, crystal therapy utilizes the energy from stones and a person’s natural pull towards certain types of stones to facilitate healing.
  9. What Are Flower Essences and Vibrational Medicine? This fascinating therapy of using the essences of particular flowers to combat specific disorders is described in this article.
  10. Bioelectromagnetic Therapy. A great therapy on its own or as a complement to acupuncture, this therapy works to prevent and treat health issues.
  11. Biofeedback. This six-part blog post series everything from the history of biofeedback to how to find a competent practitioner. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to start with the first installment.

Specific Needs

Be it getting rid of allergies or controlling Type 2 diabetes, you many need help with a specific area of your health care. These resources focus on specific areas health care.

  1. A Natural Approach to Allergies. This article offers a three-part holistic solution to fighting allergies without the side-effects of antihistamines.
  2. Detox Treatment. Ridding the body of toxins is an important part of keeping it healthy. Follow this approach for a holistic method of detoxification.
  3. Women’s Holistic Health with Herbla, Homeopathic, and Nutritional Approach–Alternative Medicine. With a focus on women’s issues, this site offers holistic health and wellness solutions for a variety of topics.
  4. Womens Health Focus: Natural Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapies. With so many risks associated with hormone replacement therapy, a holistic plan makes sense. This article explains some important elements to a holistic approach to menopause.
  5. New Holistic Viewpoint of Dental Health. Find holistic suggestions that take into consideration that dental care is more than just clean teeth.
  6. Natural Stress Relief. Combine the suggestions in this article with other stress relievers such as exercise and getting enough sleep to combat the stress in your life.
  7. 6 Ways to De-Stress. These tips focus on a holistic approach to living a more stress-free life.
  8. Ayurvedic Remedies for Hypertension. Learn what defines high blood pressure and how you can reduce your blood pressure without medications.
  9. Relief for Pinched Nerve in the Neck. Both sciatica and pinched nerve are very common causes for back pain. Follow these suggestions for a well-rounded way to ease both of these problems.
  10. Holistic Treatment of Chronic Pain. Check out this Time Magazine article about treating pain with more than a prescription.
  11. Is Your Type 2 Diabetes Really Under Control? Follow this holistic approach to Type 2 diabetes to reduce your dependence on medication and improve your health.
  12. Vitamins E and C Effective Against the Common Cold? Learn how these two vitamins work to help your body both prevent and treat a cold.
  13. Holistic Approach to Wellness. Being healthy is usually the goal for most people, yet it is easy for the balance in life to get disrupted and result in ill health. Read this article to examine your life and make sure you balance each of the facets to ensure continued good health and well-being.

Children’s Holistic Health

As children grow, they have specific needs that may differ from those of adults. Find ways to use holistic care for both general and specific childhood issues.

  1. Holistic Moms Network Goes National. Find out about this incredible network offering support and information for parents who have decided to approach their childrearing from a combination of emphasis on mind, body, and spirit.
  2. Holistic Approach to Daycare Diets. This review for a book that supports holistic changes in nutrition for children in early childhood education to combat obesity and teach healthy living.
  3. Natural Remedies for ADD and ADHD. If the pharmaceutical route isn’t for your family, give these suggestions a try for controlling attention deficit issues in your child.
  4. Yoga for Kids: Holistic Approach to the Health of Our Children. Yoga is one great way of creating a healthy lifestyle for children. Learn how yoga provides a holistic approach.
  5. A Holistic Approach to Common Ear, Nose, and Throat Problems. Follow the advice of this physician’s recommendations for alleviating ear, nose, and throat problems through diet, detoxification, and avoiding frequent antibiotic treatments.
  6. Holistic Approach to Treat Autism and Related Disorders. While we still know so little about autism, many families relate how well a holistic approach to their child’s treatment helps. This article does an excellent job of explaining autism, what it looks like, and a holistic approach to treating it.
  7. Should Children Take Vitamins? Find out if your children should and which vitamins you should provide for them.

General Holistic Healthcare Resources

Finding providers or affording holistic care, all this and more is covered in this section that touches on holistic healthcare with a more general focus.

  1. Holistic Healthcare Resources. This comprehensive listing includes directories, organizations, forums, databases, and more for anyone interested in learning more about holistic healthcare or trying to find practitioners.
  2. Top 10 Health and Wellness Books. If reading gets you motivated, here’s a list on a variety of topics that will all promote better health and wellbeing.
  3. Directory of Practitioners Internet Resources. Broken down by area of specialty, these links provide sources for holistic health practitioners all around the world.
  4. American Holistic Health Association. Sick, healthy, and wellness resources are all available at this website. Click on Referrals at the left to find practitioners and their credentials.
  5. Seven Alternative Holistic Health Tools That Breath New Health Into Life. Use these seven resources for more information on holistic healthcare.
  6. Prevention is better than cure. Underscoring the whole principle behind holistic healthcare, this article explains how prevention is the best form of healthcare and the individual’s responsibility to ensure prevention occurs.
  7. How to Afford the Holistic Lifestyle. Gain some perspective as this article points out how to strike a balance with insurance, everyday health prevention, and routine illnesses.
  8. What’s New with Healing Gardens? A great example of allopathic and alternative medicine working together, many western healthcare facilities are landscaping with healing gardens. Learn a bit about this trend in this post.

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