Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit
Inseparable, health as well-being and quality of life presupposes balance and harmony between the mind-body-spirit pillars. The annual check, which everyone should do, is a basic precept of traditional medicine, but it must have as an ally other paths and practices that contribute to the maintenance of the stability of the organism and the soul. The alternatives are many, all add, and help in the search for good living. Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit.
Iracema de Almeida Benevides, medical nutritionist and national president-director of the Brazilian Association of Anthroposophical Medicine (ABMA), explains that the use of complementary and integrative approaches to health and well-being has grown worldwide in recent years. Studies demonstrate how body movements, massage, meditation, and medicinal plants, among others, contribute to health in an integrated and harmonious way with the conventional approach, also contributing to the improvement of quality of life. The field of integrative medicine emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic bond between the professional and the patient from an expanded understanding of human beings and nature.
Iracema Benevides says that, in the 1960s and 1970s, integrative approaches were known as “alternatives”. Over time, resources were recognized as positive for the treatment of diseases, and the term used became “complementary”. Recently, the nomenclature includes the expression “integrative”, since, more and more, users and professionals have started to include the various integrative health resources in conventional treatments. “Integrative approaches to health have a broader view of the health process and allow people to be fully understood. Patients want to be more welcomed and understood. Many reports that, in the conventional model, their complaints are not heard, their problems are not considered and their health is fragmented among the various professionals who provide care. ”
Realizing the importance of integrative health, the World Health Organization (WHO) created a specific technical area dedicated to traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine (MTCI). In the early 2000s, WHO published the first technical document on the topic (Traditional medicine strategy 2002-2005), in which the bases for the elaboration and development of public policies in the area are established. The document has already been updated, establishing guidelines for the period 2014 to 2023, and expanding the guidelines for the regulation of practices, practitioners, and products. WHO supports and encourages countries to adopt complementary approaches since the early 1980s because they understand that they are safe, effective, and that they expand access to health care.
In Brazil, it is worth noting that, in May 2006, the Ministry of Health published Ordinance GM 971, which establishes the bases for the National Policy of Integrative and Complementary Practices (PNPIC), defining the guidelines for implantation in SUS of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, phytotherapy, anthroposophical medicine, chemotherapy, and social thermalism. In March 2017, the ministry expanded the set through Ordinance GM 849, which included 13 more approaches: Ayurveda, yoga, dance, music therapy, integrative community therapy, art therapy, reiki, circular dance, osteopathy, chiropractic, reflexotherapy, shantala, and naturopathy. In addition, integrative and complementary health practices (PICS) are relevant as complementary approaches to the prevention and control of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension,
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Physician Mimi Guarnieri, founder, and president of the Academy of Health and Integrative Medicine (AIHM), in San Diego (USA), was in Brazil recently to participate in the International Meeting on Integrative Health, held in Belo Horizonte, sponsored by Weleda. She reveals that she started her career more than 20 years ago, providing assistance in interventional cardiology, placing thousands of coronary stents. “However, when I saw that patients continued to return for more surgical interventions, I recognized the need for a more comprehensive and holistic approach to preventing the cardiovascular disease from developing continuously.”
Health is also maintained by the joy of living. The 47-year-old journalist Cristiane Araújo, in addition to adhering to complementary practices such as yoga, meditation, reiki and therapeutic belly dancing, defines herself as a cheerful, optimistic person who always sees the positive side of everything. “My first reaction to the problem is: how am I going to solve them? The friends call me Mother Teresa of Calcutta. But I am sure that health is linked to the mind, it commands the body ”, he says.
Yoga, healthy eating, anthroposophical practice, therapeutic, holistic and tantric massages, meditation, physical activity, homeopathy, good reading, therapy, in short, all of these are part of the great set of actions that protect human beings and make a huge difference to keep your heart, body, mind and spirit healthy. They are powerful tools that prevent disease or make people stronger to face them. Today, Bem Viver presents readers with several trails that lead to a destination dreamed by all: that of health.
Treating the body, taking care of the soul
Healing in a broad sense, focusing on health and not just disease. This is the path to longevity of well-being and vision of those who adopt and seek integrative medicine
“The doctor has to treat the body, talk to the soul and caress the spirit,” said Paracelsus, pseudonym of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, Swiss-German physician, alchemist, physicist, astrologer and occultist. It is also believed by the psychiatrist and nutritionist, professor at the Dom Cabral Foundation, Frederico Porto, who works in search of a diagnosis that allows him to have an integral view of the human being and thus understand the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual side. It applies integrative medicine, that is, it seeks scientific validity in complementary medicines to add to traditional medicine. “For example, in the search for an integral conception, there is evidence that meditation and acupuncture, for example, work to improve chronic diseases.”
For Frederico Porto, preventive medicine has to do with looking at the body and mind in a more subtle way, going beyond the basics, besides just looking for diseases. “As is done in athletes when investigating cortisol in the blood to find out if they are exaggerating in training. A journalist could take the same exam to find out the degree of stress and then look for new habits to avoid future consequences. The doctor warns that “absence of disease is not health. And standard checks only look for disease. ” He recalls that, since 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not only the absence of illness or disability.
The big bottleneck, emphasizes Frederico Porto, is the change of habit, since we live in an environment that plays against our biology. “Before, man slept when the sun went down. From 1890, with the creation of the lamp by Thomas Edison, he went to sleep for 10 hours; in 1950, with TV on the rise (it was invented in 1925), eight hours; and from 1980, with the computer, he sleeps 6h07min a night. The LED light on your phone, tablet, laptop etc. it has a very strong beam of blue light and to the brain it’s like daylight. We were not designed for that reality, so we have to create new behaviors to help us adapt. ” Preventive medicine, he says, is installed with behavior change, even though it is difficult, since the environment competes with you.
Frederico Porto emphasizes that early diagnosis is not prevention and that this is in a good diet, with little red meat, rich in omega 3 and nutrients, among other practices. “In fact, the body’s health triad is in physical activity, sleep (rest and the ability to recover) and adequate nutrition. A person who spends five hours sitting has an impact on their life expectancy the same as someone who smokes 25 cigarettes, because it reduces the amount of oxygen present, as the blood does not circulate ”, he says.Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit.
The health of the mind, explains the psychiatrist and nutrologist, is about knowing how to manage emotions and attention. “The main emotions are joy, anger, fear, sadness and contempt (disgust, for those who watched DivertidaMente). Did you notice that there is only one pleasant one? Therefore, I say that we are born more focused on suffering. To mitigate, we must strive to generate happiness and well-being. We have to create moments of serenity in existence. It is not easy, because this rational awareness is very small compared to our primitive memory. The analogy is that of a guide (reason) on top of an elephant (emotions and instincts). The way out is to develop a state of mindfulness to be more aware and in control of what will emerge. Hence the importance of mindfulness, the practice of being here and now, of perceiving emotional states.
Frederico recommends knowing how to breathe. “Breathing solves half of life’s problems. For 25% I recommend therapy and the other 25% have no way to solve it, leave it for the next life and incarnation ”, he jokes. Therefore, for 75% there is a way, it is prevention and attention. “We cannot forget the spirit, the existential neurosis that is plaguing our era, and hence the importance of having a purpose for life, a meaning for what is done.”
Knowing how to live healthily is wisdom. There are those who are born or those who learn. Journalist Cristiane Araújo, 47, married to Marco and mother of João Gabriel, 8, reveals that she has always been healthy. What it attributes to genetics, to DNA. After all, her mother, Gisélia, 92, is independent, drives around, travels the world, does pilates and everything. And also to the fact that he is a cheerful and optimistic person. “I don’t even have a headache, it’s rare. When I was going to graduate, I went through a period of insecurity, I had an anxiety crisis, at the age of 21, that’s when I looked for therapy and homeopathy to help me. It was for a while. Then, at 28, I faced family problems, another crisis came, I lost my father and brother, and I faced therapy for 10 years (he was discharged), in addition to returning to homeopathy, giving myself to reiki, which is fantastic, and meeting therapeutic belly dance, that works on the feminine issue. All this is not because I was depressed, but as ways to find space to talk about me, get to know me, take care of myself and be well with myself to deal with life. ”.
In high spirits, always with a smile as a gift to everyone, Cristiane Araújo is contagious. And the great advantage of being like this is that “even in sadness I have joy, love of life, which helps me to move forward. I thought I was not brave and found out that I am in therapy. I believe that it also helps me to be able to hear criticisms, they make me reflect ”.
Cristiane says she was afraid of meditation, she thought she couldn’t do it, because she was too curious to be so still. “But this year I felt that I was very agitated, so I returned punctually to therapy. When I need to, I go, I follow homeopathy and since June I have been doing yoga and I have been meditating for two months. After each practice, the feeling of well-being that I feel is so great that it is only good for health. ” Even with the busy life of a journalist, she still does volleyball, “just for fun, to spill out and return to adolescence”, and profit is a great physical activity, she did pilates for a while and now she is preparing to accompany her husband at the gym, even if you prefer outdoor exercise. “I manage to have my moments of madness, disheveled, but I know when I need to hit the brake. I don’t know how I do it, I think it has to do with self-knowledge and humility to know that I can’t handle everything and I have limits. ” Health thanks you.
Weaving your own life
To be in good health it is important to prioritize what you eat and also your thoughts. Prevention and cure of diseases depends on the choices you carry along your path
One of the strong elements in anthroposophical medicine is the fact that it is based on a healthy human model according to the concept of three dimensions: the well-being of the body (physiological), the emotional well-being (psyche) and the well-being being biographical (individual being, concept of genuine, spiritual identity). So says the nutritionist doctor and national president-director of the Brazilian Association of Anthroposophical Medicine (ABMA), Iracema de Almeida Benevides. She explains how the approach in the three dimensions is according to the paradigm of salutogenesis (preventive).Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit.
“Our bodies are guided by internal rhythms that need care and that should be respected and considered in our routine. Heartbeat, breathing, liver and intestines each have their own rhythm, you need to respect it. The body is the vehicle for our life projects. This is the first look of the anthroposophical doctor. We will support and bring this awareness to the patient. It is important to develop self-education in relation to schedule and receive individualized guidance on the most appropriate diet and physical activity. In the emotional sphere, self-development is worked on, being aware of emotions, with a primary focus on the dimension of art and creativity. Pauses for music, for admiring a painting, reading a good book, making crafts, in short, everything that nourishes our being at this level ”, highlights the doctor.
Regarding the spiritual dimension, Iracema de Almeida Benevides emphasizes that biographical perception is worked on, that is, the analysis of the patient’s biography, “what book is this person writing, what sense has he given to his life, with what tones has he painted his screen, even though you have no control over all aspects. It’s not pathological, but is it a lighter or more dramatic book? A view of the individual as the protagonist, weaver of his life. Finding meaning in what you do from your “I” in order to build a meaningful life. At the preventive level, I recommend finding out what makes sense, which is different from what gives pleasure. It is subjective and individualized, there is no recipe ”.
Iracema Benevides points out that the doctor who supports his clinical practice in anthroposophical medicine adds a body of complementary knowledge. “Conventional medicine has a wonderful aspect, which is the technology that provides clarity in the diagnosis and the advancement of the medicine. But it is standardized, en masse. People do not identify often because they are not seen as individuals. In anthroposophical people, listening is greater and we seek to go beyond the physical and exams. ”
• Conscious eating
Health starts with the mouth. You have certainly heard this expression before, but healthy eating is much more. Patrícia Gontijo de Pádua, holistic therapist and personal chef of natural food, explains that it is important to “think about food consciously. Which means not only what you put in your mouth, but other ways of eating, like the air you breathe, the words you speak, everything you hear and see, the stress of everyday life, not knowing how to forgive others and yourself. We have to understand that we also feed on our emotions. Therefore, if we do not prioritize the food of the mind, we will not fully integrate health ”.
Patrícia Pádua affirms that to have a healthy life it is essential to still be in contact with nature. Another way is to practice physical activity, donate affection, compassion and altruism. “To have a light life and prevent diseases, it is as quantum physics says, through thoughts and words emanating from the body, balance or imbalance is generated. In other words, there is no disease, but an unbalanced process. As Hippocrates said, ‘make your food your medicine’. Food is the raw material for our health. ”
Therefore, warns Patrícia Pádua, think about exposing your body to the food it needs, prioritize complete meals and respect your biological individuality (mass diets don’t work!). See food as a nutritional quality that enhances health and take the weight off of caloric quantities. Carbohydrate and fat? Good or bad? It depends, is it the fat from avocado, butter, coconut oil or margarine? ”
Another tip from Patrícia Pádua is not to fall into food monotony. “We live in a country blessed by food diversity and fresh products, so abuse them. Give priority to organic and agroecological products with a nutritional load much higher than the traditional one. If you can’t always consume, every day, prioritize those who receive less pesticide load. Give preference to shopping at fairs and bags, meet the producer. ”
The holistic therapist emphasizes that health is a personal and non-transferable responsibility. “Make nutritional and emotional food an act of self-love, take that awareness into your routine and integrate it into all your ways of feeding.”Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit.
Valley for all
Júlia Beatriz Chiericatti, a psychiatrist and homeopath, explains that in anthroposophic medicine there are herbal and homeopathic remedies with their own pharmaceutical method. “The treatment is continuous and it is not just with drugs. There is a hall for therapies and procedures indicated by the doctor, such as massages, readings and supporting therapies ”, he says.
Anthroposophical medicine is indicated for people of any age. Júlia Beatriz emphasizes that the Waldorf pedagogy itself, introduced by Rudolf Steiner (philosopher and educator, founder of anthroposophy), is preventive. “It is the prevention of diseases applied to children and adolescents regardless of a school doctor. It guides the teacher to deal with the one-sidedness and the sickening tendency of each one’s present and future. The focus of anthroposophical medicine is to look at the life of human, social, spiritual and the world. It is preventive and curative. ”
For the doctor, the fact that people neglect health, not worry about prevention, is a matter of conscience. “It is cultural and also a habit. Traditional medicine investigates the disease, it is pathogenesis, it is what most people are used to. Anthroposophical, on the other hand, is salutogenesis, focuses on health, promoting health. Changing this view is a slow process. However, it is worth remembering that in allopathic medicine there is also a preventive character with the family doctor, the sanitarist and social medicine. ”
Júlia Beatriz warns that “everything that is excessive and polarized is the wrong choice. In fact, excess or lack means disease, eight or 80 is disease. Health is a subtle balance between illness and disease. Nobody reaches full health, so it is always good to look for the middle way ”.
Dr. Mimi Guarnieri, founder and president of the Academy of Health and Integrative Medicine (AIHM) and an associate professor at the University of California, says that in addition to conventional symptom treatment with drugs and surgery, integrative medicine addresses the root causes of a disease or condition and takes a holistic, mind-body-spirit approach. “The diet, sleep patterns and lifestyle can have a significant impact on coronary inflammation”, for example, highlights the expert.Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit.
She emphasizes that “there is disturbing research, which indicates that rabies increases the risk of heart attack by 230%. Stress triggers more than 1,400 chemical reactions in the body that lead to measurable changes, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, palpitations, constricted blood vessels, sticky and coagulating blood. The three stress hormones significantly increase cardiovascular risk when persistently elevated ”. Therefore, highlights the doctor, reducing the body’s reaction to stressors is essential for heart health. “Meditation, yoga and tai chi chuan are just a few of the mind-body exercises that have been shown to improve cardiovascular health.”
Mimi Guarnieri says that the practice of gratitude is also part of the menu of being healthy. “Sometimes we forget how blessed we are. You can be grateful for a friend, a beautiful sunset, a soothing cup of tea – in fact, just about anything that we don’t value on a daily basis. Take a moment to really appreciate it and let yourself experience true sincere gratitude. Over time, you will notice that your heart rate slows down, your breathing deepens, and you feel more at peace. The more you practice sincere gratitude, the more natural it will become – and your health will benefit. ”
Complementary and integrative practices, such as yoga and tantric body therapy, are essential to health as they promote quality of life, joy, vital force, self-knowledge and relaxation
Yoga is an integrative and complementary practice, guided by the World Health Organization (WHO) as non-drug therapy, which can be incorporated as a resource in the reduction of risk factors and treatment of chronic diseases. It encourages self-care without excess or addiction, healthy and vegetarian eating, in addition to the practice of ethics and, above all, non-violence. That is, it only does good. Prem Karuna (Luiza Angelini), yoga teacher and therapist, owner of the Sachcha Prem Yoga and Integrative Therapies Center, in the Mangabeiras neighborhood, says she recently reviewed 36 scientific articles on yoga and chronic diseases. “The results showed that yoga can help control / treat and even prevent diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and depression,
Prem Karuna explains that yoga works by creating physical and psychic-emotional support for the body and the individual to cope better with the disease. “Yoga is recommended because it acts as a physical, respiratory and mental exercise, relaxing and contracting muscles, causing, with its postures, a self-massage over the endocrine glands, expanding the respiratory capacity and exercising the cognitive and attention, through the meditation.”
Breathing is living well, at the right pace. Many have difficulty. Prem Karuna says that yoga teaches how to synchronize movement with breathing, and it naturally improves. Increased concentration also helps in this learning. “Breathing contributed to the overall balance of the system. Physiologically, it keeps the systems disinfected. Energetically it works by transporting the vital force, which in Sanskrit and in the language of yoga we call prana. Prana, which can circulate throughout the body, keeps organs and tissues receiving blood and nutrients, oxygen and defense cells. Therefore, we see that the breathing brought about by yoga acts on the immune system and health in general. In the psychic-spiritual realm, it acts by controlling the mind, through the positive feedback mechanism. By calming the breath, we calm the flow of thoughts and anxiety. We increased concentration. And we are not carried away by the reactions and situations suffered in life. We gain in quality of life and joy. ”
Meditation is present in yoga and the benefits are worth highlighting. “It consists in interrupting the flow of thoughts. When this is achieved, presence increases, which is nothing more than an expansion of perception and awareness. We see objects, sensations, feelings and situations that were not possible outside the presence. The mind is colored by sensory stimuli and memories. If we reduce its activity, we can leave it less ‘busy’ and more free to see and deal with the situations of the present. When this is done, we gain in emotional intelligence, insight and the ability to deal with situations without reacting. This brings countless relational, professional and social benefits. A balanced individual is one who can deal with situations in a harmonious way for everyone and for himself.
Prem Karuna emphasizes that yoga is a psychosomatic system. It acts mainly in the mind and in situations of pain that take man away from true happiness. It helps to understand the meaning of life and to have more wisdom to deal with situations and people. She says that yoga is primarily a science: “Science of mind and life. It teaches us to be disciplined, to eat better, to respect and listen to the body, to have more empathy and love for all beings. It tells us of something greater, which is actually within us. It is neither religion nor indoctrination. It is a path of self-knowledge and personal empowerment. Peace, self-love and happiness are within us. The person who takes this path seriously understands life in a very different way from the ordinary. Not because he is better than anyone, but because he can understand himself, his defects, where you must go to evolve and be a better person. So, you understand the other better. In fact, yoga should be a public policy. ”Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit.
The benefits of yoga
»Disinfects irritated systems
» Stimulates the parasympathetic system
»Improves cognition and memory
» Develops intelligence and emotional management
»Promotes elasticity and muscle-articular tone
» Improves respiratory capacity and diseases related to the respiratory system
»Stimulates digestive and endocrine systems
» Stimulates compassion, empathy, inner calm, silence in the mind
»Promotes health in an integral way since it integrates body, mind and spirit.
Tantric therapist Artur Grossi explains that the technique is specialized in the harmony of the body (photo: Leandro Couri / EM / DA Press)
Tantra is a very old philosophy, dating from eight thousand years ago, whose techniques and wisdom were rescued and disseminated in the Western world by important names in philosophy, psychology, and psychoanalysis, such as Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain (Osho), Wilhelm Reich (doctor, psychoanalyst and natural scientist, a former collaborator of Sigmund Freud), who started studies of vital energy and how it influences and can do good to health, called orgone. And Alexander Lowen, also a psychoanalyst, an American with a Freudian orientation and one of Reich’s students, who developed bioenergetics. Both approached the ancestral tantra through their psychosomatic research, making it better known and closer to Western culture. “Through these masters, there is a set of techniques that bring health, vitality, and can mean a total change in life. Tantric therapy is specialized in the harmony of the body. The vision that has to do with harmonic biology and state of mind. Sterically connected, what happens with one reflects on the other ”, explains Artur Grossi, tantric body therapist. Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit.
Artur Grossi warns that many interpret philosophy (Western optics) in a prejudiced and mistaken way because there are techniques that expand the capacity for sexuality. However, the therapist explains that the tantric philosophy goes deeper into the female and male universe, especially from a sacred perspective. “But some only look at the stamp of sexuality. There is sexual therapy, focused on the genital region, which generates different interpretations and limited views in Western culture. But, above all, there are breathing exercises, body movement, and collective or double interactivity that mobilize vital energy, allowing the person to feel great pleasure and well-being. ” But he warns that the wrong interpretation is not exclusive to Westerners since it occurs in places in the East.
The origin of the philosophy lies in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. “Therefore, I am excited to spread the right precepts. In Brazil, tantra became popular from the 2000s and tantric massage was in evidence. It is amazing how it provides an instant paradigm shift, such as the discovery of complete, full-body sensitivity through touch. Tantric therapy brings together a set of very broad techniques, which help to vascularize, tone, and create more neural connections, that is, ways to awaken the sensoriality and sensitivity that connect the brain to the whole body. From the techniques of traditional tantra, the techniques of our modernity were born as a method of care with protocols and procedures of anamnesis and case analysis. It’s the most bodily therapy I’m aware of, and, par excellence, the one I consider most powerful in the area of sexuality. However, it is not restricted to this area because one of its principles is the integrality of the body. The whole set that makes up the person, from the field of creativity, ability to achieve one’s own life goals, ease of interaction with the social environment, tenderness, expressiveness, intelligence, and, finally, spirituality. ”Taking care of health means taking care of the body mind and spirit.
Artur Grossi explains that tantra has the power to identify points of energy retention when doing body reading, massage being one of the resources. The other techniques are guided breathing, healing body movement techniques, and voice expressive techniques. “The seven chakras, energetic centers that define what our life will be like, go into disharmony if one or more are out of balance.” The therapist emphasizes that tantric therapy is not characterized by analysis, it is practical. Through sensory reading and other techniques, much of what you want to know is revealed. It is characterized by sensoriality. The service is individualized and the depth depends on the search for each one. “Tantra encourages a holistic view of life, more profound, esoteric, that is, that starts from the inside out,