Eastern medicine, also called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is a system of medicine that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. These practices are rooted in the belief that qi, the body’s vital energy, flows through channels in the body, keeping a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health in balance. The opposing natural forces of yin and yang can block qi and cause disease. Practitioners of Eastern medicine use a variety of physical and psychological approaches to restore the body’s balance and harmony when qi is blocked. Holistic therapy in Florida utilizes many TCM methods in comprehensive mental health treatment.
At Harmony Hills, our mission is to provide state-of-the-art evidence-based and holistic treatment to individuals and families impacted by mental health disorders in a compassionate, supportive, and healing environment. Contact us at 855.494.0357 to learn how our treatment programs can help you or your loved one.
What are the Benefits of Holistic Healing for Mental Health?
Picture the last time you felt embarrassed. Did you blush? The last time you felt love, did your heart skip a beat? Have you ever worried yourself sick? These are all examples of the power of the mind-body connection. Even though we are often unaware of it, the relationship between our thoughts, emotions, and physical state constantly impacts our overall well-being. While eastern cultures have long honored the connection between mind, body, and spirit, it is a newer phenomenon in western medicine.
The symptoms of mental health disorders impact all areas of life, so effective treatment should also affect all areas. Unfortunately, treatment is often directed only at reducing or managing symptoms rather than considering the whole person, which leads to misdiagnosis and temporary results. When this happens, people are left feeling frustrated, helpless, and hopeless.
A holistic approach to mental health treatment supports lasting wellness and helps promote self-care. Other significant benefits of holistic healing include:
- Encourages a healthy diet and proper exercise
- More cost-effective than medications
- No negative side-effects
- Aides the development of coping skills
- Easy to implement
- Promotes relaxation and stress reduction
- Teaches and fosters patience
Combining Western and Eastern Medicine for Mental Health
Western medicine forms the foundation for much of the world’s modern health systems. Western medicine is rooted in biology and uses a scientific, evidence-based approach to diagnosis and clinically-proven treatment modalities. Western medicine and eastern medicine are frequently thought of as having opposing viewpoints. However, as studies continue to support the positive impacts of holistic eastern practices on mental health and overall well-being, the two have become more intertwined. Utilizing both components typically results in a quicker, more thorough, and longer-lasting recovery.
For example, if you broke your arm, you would need an x-ray, a cast, and perhaps medication for the pain, which would all be enough for your arm to heal. However, if you also eat nutritionally, get enough sleep, meditate, and get acupuncture, you can manage your pain, reduce stress, and accelerate the healing process. The same is true for mental health. If you have an anxiety disorder, you might expect to get therapy and perhaps medication that would help relieve your symptoms. Adding holistic treatments can complement therapy and medication and enhance the relief of your symptoms.
At Harmony Hills, we incorporate eastern medicine for mental health treatment by recognizing you as a whole person, not a diagnosis or group of symptoms. Some of the holistic services we offer include:
- Fitness programs
- Mindfulness practices
Our rural 80-acre campus provides a serene backdrop for mental health treatment, with numerous walking and hiking trails.
Learn More About Eastern Medicine for Mental Health at Harmony Hills
For holistic therapy in Florida, turn to Harmony Hills. We provide comprehensive mental health treatment to foster mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical healing and growth. Our highly-skilled, compassionate staff take the time to get to know you as an individual and work with you to create a treatment plan to meet your needs and goals for recovery. Call 855.494.0357 to learn more about the benefits of eastern medicine for mental health and your treatment options.