OUTSIDE HELP: ‘TRADITIONAL’ HEALING THERAPIES
The Medical Community
Healing And Types of Healers
We have talked about the possibility of some kind of therapy, but she does not feel that it could help. She seems to be terrified of having to see any kind of therapist. I feel that somewhere inside, she needs to stay feeling miserable even though she is clearly genuine when she is cursing the terrible life this habit
makes for her.
The average human is over 50% water.
And as the moon winds her way around the planet she causes the mighty oceans to ebb and flow, yet we fail to realize how the moons gravitational pull can affect our bodies. There are other examples of how our environment interacts with our bodies on a daily basis, but we are too busy, or too overloaded to take heed. And as we work our way through the day the delicate balance so perfectly put together by nature when we were born is slowly tipped in the direction of disease. With this in mind let us talk about the doctors we see and the healing they prescribe.
‘Traditional’ Healing Therapies – Medical Doctor (MD) Allopath
An allopath or standard mainstream medical doctor has gone through a certain amount of medical education and is licensed to practice medicine. The Allopathic approach treats disease with agents that react differently then the disease itself whereas the homeopathic approach treats disease with agents that produce similar effects.
‘Traditional’ Healing Therapies – Dermatologists
While any licensed physician can practice all aspects of the discipline, a dermatologist has additional training and expertise and has been certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) to treat all aspects of skin, hair and nails from a simple rash to skin cancer.
‘Traditional’ Healing Therapies – Internal Organs Specialists
An Internist is a doctor who has specialized education in the functioning of internal body systems. They generally do not perform surgery, but are comprehensively trained in the diagnosis of a wide range of adult disease.
‘Traditional’ Healing Therapies – Mental Health Professionals
There are different types of professionals who can help with emotional or mental health issues. They include certified mental health practitioners (counselors and social workers), licensed psychologists and psychiatrists. All follow professional ethical guidelines and state licensing laws.
Social Workers and counselors are lay people who have done coursework and internship to give them the background to help diagnose and treat emotional issues. CSW Means Certified Social Worker and LCSW means Licensed Certified social Worker.
‘Traditional’ Healing Therapies – Psychotherapists
Psychologists aren’t medical doctors, but they will usually have an advanced graduate degree and have to do clinical training, internships in counseling and psychological testing before they receive their license.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors with at least five years additional training after medical school. They can prescribe medications.
If you should decide to use a therapist to help you through this problem, by all means, meet with them in person or talk to them on the phone before you make a final decision on the right therapist.
‘Traditional’ Healing Therapies – Surgical Procedures
Outpatient acne surgery consists of draining pimples and blackheads. ‘Comedone extraction’ is done in a sterile environment with tools designed specifically for this purpose.
With cystic acne a dermatologist may inject Corticosteroid [Kenalog] mixed in a saline or 1% Lidocaine solution [Xylocaine] into the surrounding area in order to reduce the inflammation. Reduction in size or elimination within two to three days is the end result.
Chemical peels which may help release plugs can also be done in a doctor’s office. Treatment includes Glycolic Acid peels or Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen or dry ice) peels.