Holistic health systems, like Ayurveda, understood, long ago, the need to treat the whole person if we wish to heal chronic disorders like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and other so-called 'incurable' diseases. What do we mean by the whole person? The whole person is a concept, based on ancient understandings, which says we are made up of 5 different components or layers.
The Body Layer is our physical body, including our senses. Allopathic medicine operates on this level.
The Mental Layer is our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. Psychiatry operates on this level.
The Emotional Layer is our feelings, which in reality is also the Mental Layer, since all feelings are preceded by a thought. Whether we love, hate, laugh or cry, experience regret, guilt or shame.
The Energy Layer is primarily our autonomic nervous system, which can be unbalanced by trauma, chronic stress and electro-magnetic fields. Acupuncture, Reiki, the 'Laying on of hands' and Pranic Healing operate on this level.
The Spiritual Layer is the connection between you and ‘God’, whatever your conception of ‘god’ is. It is the intrinsic part of you that never changes. The observer. The charioteer. The ‘Self’ or Soul. That part of you able to transcend body and mind. Religions operate on this level.
Chronic disorders can involve single or multiple layers. Natural healers understand that, in order to heal from chronic degenerative or psychiatric disorders, you have to address the layer(s) at the root of your sickness. Many alternative therapies fail because they address only one layer, which is, too often, the wrong layer. Acupuncture can help if your issue resides in the Energy Layer but if it resides in any of the other layers, Acupuncture will not bring any benefit. Many of today's 'incurable' disorders affect all layers.
To bring about healing, understand in which Layer your sickness inhabits, then use the right healing 'tool' for that Layer.