|At an early age, I began to question how simple
painkillers such as paracetamol could eradicate pain.
I quickly learnt that although the pain may often subside,
the underlying cause can continue and eventually develop
into a more serious condition. I also became aware that
there can be serious side effects with prolonged use
of manufactured or man-made drugs. So from there my
interest in natural therapies began.
I now practice as a holistic therapist, primarily
involved with treating cancer patients. I use aromatherapy,
reflexology, meditation, crystal and colour therapies,
energy and chakra balancing, advice on diet and nutrition,
and I support the use of herbal synergies all
of which can help the body self-heal.
I have studied human anatomy, biology, pharmacology
and microbiology which has given me a good grounding
and understanding of how the body works, and how it
metabolises substances and, further, how individual
bodies metabolise differently. Therefore, it is vital
to understand that not all treatments will work for
all people, whether by conventional medicines or alternative
It is important to remember that our bodies are
very good at self-healing, if we fall and scrape our
knee, for example, it will heal in a matter of days,
our bodies know what to do! So, when dealing with a
more serious condition such as cancer, it is possible
for our bodies, with encouragement and help from both
alternative and conventional medicine, to conquer this
disease and to self-heal.
There are many kinds of complementary therapies
available. This is because most therapies will work
for some people, and those people want to share their
success with others going through a similar illness.
However, it is impossible to say which therapies will
work for which person and their condition. It is therefore
vital to have trustworthy recommendations available
to refer to for support and advice when selecting your
choice of treatments and/or therapies.
John's website is doing just that. It is a wealth
of valuable information regarding various treatments
and their successes. I believe that integrated holistic
medicine is the way to move forward: we need to consider
all the available treatment options, and we also need
to treat the whole person, not just the disease.
Chemotherapy may help some people, but it can also
leave them very very sick. Complementary therapies can
help eradicate sickness and toxins from conventional
treatments, they help the body relax, realign, rejuvenate,
refresh and in doing all those things the body can begin
to self heal.
Many thanks to John for putting together such a
wonderful and essential collection of information.
Briginshaw practises holistic therapies, incorporating
natural remedies, in the island of Jersey. She also
Health, who import the Indian herbal compound, Carctol.