We’re firmly entrenched in the New Year, and the Mayan omens of forthcoming doom are far behind us. However, instead of the destruction of the world in a literal sense, maybe the ancient prophets meant an end of certain mind-sets.
With celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah Winfrey advocating natural health, it seems that Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is growing in popularity. In the UK, the pursuit of treatments outside of conventional practices is 10-20% per year, a trend that began in the last ten years.1 Almost half of the GP’s in the UK provide information on holistic and complimentary treatments, especially as one in three patients voice interest.2
Such statistics imply that natural health is on the rise, and the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) has noted how it benefits advocates.3 Alternative health means different things to different people, as it is a stimulating and fascinating world of mind and body treatments that strive to improve well-being through nature’s reserves. Whether it be physical exercise in an open and green space, conscientious diet, organic supplements, or holistic treatment, a plethora of information exists for those who wish to explore the assets of a natural lifestyle. Education is key, so that the right practices provide the right results for a person’s individual needs. However, it is important to mention that research into CAM is on going, so be sure to have a chat with your GP and the necessary holistic experts to discover what works best for you. To get started, contact us at the Kingston Natural Health Centre, and let’s discuss your options.