Holistic Health: 3 Tips for Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Daily Life

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holistic health: 3 tips for integrating complementary and alternative medicine into daily life

By now, plenty of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices are backed by enough research so that doing the work to learn about them and use them can be incredibly beneficial. 

In fact, it means a holistic approach to your health, and here are 3 tips for you. 

Herbal Infusions

Herbal infusions often mean bringing specific health benefits into play, from calming your nerves to giving your immune system a boost. Adding these to your daily grind can really mean addressing your unique health goals and boosting your overall well-being.

Start by picking herbs that resonate with your needs. Then, you want to get creative with blends or infusions. Whether you’re using fresh or dried herbs, steep them in hot water and mix them up until you find that perfect combo that really suits your taste buds and health goals.

For example, if stress is something you battle often, a blend of chamomile, lemon balm, and lavender is a good idea. Just combine equal parts of dried chamomile, lemon balm, and lavender. Toss a tablespoon of this blend into hot water and let it steep for 5-10 minutes.

Osteopathic Alignment

Osteopathic sessions often mean getting personal attention to tackle specific muscle issues, crank up joint mobility, and leave you feeling physically on point.

Of course, you want to book yourself some sessions with a top-notch osteopath. Lay it all out – your health history, where you want to be physically, etc.

For example, if your lower back protests often from hours at the desk, osteopathic alignment is your hero and regular osteopathic sessions should be on your to-do list, preemptively tackling those musculoskeletal issues before they really become a problem. 

Conscious Movement

Craving a workout that’s not just about reps and sets? Conscious movement practices are where it’s at. These often go beyond the usual gym routine, putting the spotlight on the mind-body connection, fluidity, and mindfulness – a real game-changer for both your body and mind.

Get into the world of movement practices like capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian mash-up of dance, acrobatics, and music, or gyrotonics, a system that’s all about those spirals and circles. And don’t go at it alone if you can help it – join classes to get some advice from pros on the right techniques and principles.

For example, capoeira brings the heat with agility, strength, and a cultural vibe, making it the go-to for those wanting more than just a workout. So why not spice up your weekly exercise routine with capoeira’s dynamic moves? Soaking in the benefits of improved coordination, strength, and a seriously mindful approach to staying fit.

A holistic approach to health is respected for a reason. Exploring how to incorporate complementary and alternative medicine(CAM) into daily life is a great place to start. 

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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