Healinginvolves a process that makes the body healthy from an unhealthystate. Usually, healing involves recovering from diseases with thehelp of medicine or otherwise (Chan,2014).Healing involves some intrinsic activities that may not be asapparent as the disappearance of symptoms that usually accompany theprocess. Therefore, healing is more than just treating the symptomsof illness.
Tounderstand the meaning healing, it is important to define illness ordisease correctly. Illness is the state of the body functioningimproperly. Illness is usually as a result of some factors thatinclude genetic factors, physical and mental injuries, microorganismsand exposure to poisonous environments (Chan,2014).Healing, on the other hand, involves recovery from the effects of thecauses of the diseases and the process of getting back to properhealth. To recover from a disease, one needs to remove the cause ofthe illness from their body and also remove the symptoms that comewith the disease.
Theuse of medicine has some roles in the process of healing. One of theroles is to kill the pain that may result from the presence of thedisease in the body of the patients. Painkillers work by relievingfever and other sorts of pain that may accompany the activity of thecausal system of the illness or the injuries that may result from thedisease in the boy of the patients. Medicines may also be used tokill the causal organisms or remove the poison from the body systemof the patients (Fricchione,2011).The microorganisms and the toxins are usually the primary causes ofthe illnesses. Removing them ensures that the severity of the diseasestops and the patient begins to recover from the effects caused bythe causal system of the disease. Medications taken to kill themicroorganisms may include antiviral drugs, antibiotics and others.Therefore, to attain full healing, one is supposed to stop thesymptoms and also the cause of the symptoms in the body of thepatients (Fricchione,2011).
Understandingthe cause of symptoms may also be an important aspect of knowing whyhealing is not all about treating the symptoms. Symptoms are signsthat accompany illness. The signs are usually significant in showingthe presence f diseases in the bodies of people and other organisms(Fricchione,2011).However, some symptoms may also be as a result of a natural orassisted recovery process as a consequence of the body’s immunesystem trying to clear the microorganisms from the body system. Insuch cases, symptoms should be treated as part of the healing processrather than the illness. Some diseases may be asymptomatic and yetpresent. For example, syphilis is a disease that may be asymptomaticfor a long time and yet present. Unless treated, the disease maycause death. When treated, symptoms may appear, such as fever, butthis is usually due to an immune reaction.
Insummary, healing may involve disappearing of symptoms, but does notnecessarily end with the disappearance. Healing is a process thatrequires both clearings of the signs of the illness and the removalof the causal systems from the body of the ill (Chan,2014).Therefore, when treating diseases, it is important to ensure thatapart from the symptoms, the cause of the illness, which is usuallythe cause of the illness is also treated to attain full healing.
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