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“Natural” is a word used every day and is fairly simple to define—existing in or caused by nature; not made by humankind. “Holistic”, though used less frequently, also has a fairly simple meaning—relating to or concerned with wholes or complete systems.
So ‘natural, holistic health’ should be simple to define, right? Well, as there are so many viewpoints, interpretations and opinions, it can get a little complex; just as there are differing philosophies in nutrition, medicine, science and any field of study. The basic tenet of natural and holistic health is that health incorporates more than the physical. Even Merriam-Webster understands this:
Holistic medicine tries to treat the "whole person" rather than focusing too narrowly on single symptoms. It emphasizes the connections between the mind and the body, avoids the overuse of drugs, and has borrowed such practices from Eastern traditions as acupuncture and yoga.
Yet, rather than just ‘treating a person’, most holistic health modalities help create more complete health. Many of these approaches are not new. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian Science of Life, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are based on creating health by creating balance. And in prior times the practitioner was often paid to keep you healthy and not simply to treat an ailment!
How Do Practitioners Apply Natural & Holistic Health Concepts?
“Wholeness” must obviously include ‘everything’, right? How about mind? Mouth? Emotions? Environment? These all impact our overall health. For example, we now know that oral health impacts areas as diverse as cardiovascular and respiratory health. As more studies are now highlighting the mouth-body connection, more health practitioners are integrating this understanding into their practice.
Dentists too are embracing the knowledge. There is now a new specialty of dentistry called Bioregulatory Dentistry (or Biological or Holistic Dentistry), that focuses on the inextricable link between our oral health and overall health. The Bioregulatory Medicine Institute (BRMI) provides excellent information about this link and explains how “our mouth serves as both a gateway to the body - and a mirror, reflecting back our body's overall health.” Because this understanding is so strong, BRMI is opening a clinic next year with one wing being devoted entirely to dental care, amalgam removal and much more!
What Oral Health Products Can Support Holistic Health?
Dr. Tung’s more effective oral care products are based on the principles of natural and holistic health, and are thus the perfect tools to help prevent many oral problems (that oftentimes begin with plaque). Smart Floss® and Perio Sticks™ are superior for plaque-removal, and are convenient to take along and use wherever you go! Our Ionic Toothbrush System is one of the most advanced toothbrush systems in the world, literally helping your teeth to repel plaque! DrTung’s Oil Pulling Concentrate is an ancient Ayurvedic formula that naturally nourishes gums and teeth.
These and other Dr. Tung’s products can help you maximize your oral health. Many of our products are patented for their intelligent function and design, and are clinically tested to be more effective. Although oral health is only one component of the entire holistic health plan, it is a very critical one. And we invite you to walk the journey together.