US Military Utilizes Holistic Healing Methods

Holistic Healing is becoming more mainstream as evidenced by the United States Military’s acceptance of holistic healing methods such as acupuncture, manual therapy, relaxation techniques and an overall holistic approach to physical and emotional well being.  The following article, “Holistic Healing Gaining Ground in Military” was reported in The Fort Leavenworth Lamp Online by Sgt. Lindsey Bradford: BAGHDAD – Since the Army introduced the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program in October 2009, there has been much focus on a holistic approach to physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family well-being. But what is holistic healing exactly? According to Lt. Col. Erica Clarkson, a U.S. Forces-Iraq physical therapist, holistic healing is an approach that uses natural methods to improve health, without using drugs or surgery to correct problems. Clarkson has been practicing holistic healing for 17 years, and has continued to treat service members in Iraq at the Courage Clinic, in the Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory. Some of Clarkson’s holistic modalities include acupuncture, manual therapy, relaxation techniques and prescribed exercises specific to each patient’s physical ailment. “There are no significant adverse side effects like there are with using drugs to treat problems,” she said. “Different medicines have been linked to ulcers and other gastrointestinal irritations, and even death.” For Lt. Col. Chad Sundem and Maj. Dorothy de Leon, the holistic healing approach has proved very beneficial in recovering from injuries they sustained. Sundem, the aide-de-camp for I Corps commander Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., was suffering from calf strains, a pinched nerve and arm numbness when he began seeing Clarkson. He received weekly acupuncture treatments for the problems. The...

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