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A Brief Guide To Holistic Medicine

 

Guide To Holistic Medicine

 

What is holistic medicine?

Holistic medicine is an approach to health that looks beyond the merely physical and instead focuses on your total and complete health. It’s a form of health care that also attends to your mental and spiritual health as well as physical health.

The overall goal, of course, is finding how to get you to be a better you in all possible ways by treating the whole person rather than just a symptom or a disease. The word “gestalt” applies; the whole is more than the mere sum of the parts. This is the core of holistic medicine.

This brief guide will explain it in greater detail and give you a good handle on what holistic medicine is all about.

What Are The Principles Of Holistic Medicine?

The principles of holistic medicine start with a patient being a person, not a symptom or a disease. The person as a whole should be treated rather than merely given a prescription and sent on their way.

Also, each person is responsible for their own health and well-being, but are deserving or in need of help to achieve their best possible state. Holistic medicine also attests that every person has their own innate capacity to heal themselves.

Holistic practitioners also accept that health care is a team activity, and some people will need a variety of health care treatments in order to get the best overall care possible.

In short, holistic medicine aims to treat the person in every dimension possible, not just in one or two aspects. Each person will require a different treatment plan and deserves the best care possible to enhance their health as a whole.

What Kind Of Holistic Medicine Treatments Are There?

It’s not so much that which types of treatments are or aren’t part of holistic medicine. In fact, all medicinal practices are part of holistic medicine, so long as they are in the best interest of the patient. This can include any and every kind of treatment imaginable – any complementary, effective medicine is, has been or can be part of a holistic medicine treatment plan.

Traditional health care providers such as doctors and surgeons can certainly be part of a holistic treatment plan. So can alternative health care practices such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractors, spiritual counseling, pharmaceuticals, psychotherapy, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, and exercise can all be part of a holistic treatment plan.

If it helps you achieve the healing that you need to become well or be better, it’s part of holistic medicine.

How Do I Find A Holistic Medicine Provider?

Looking for a holistic medicine provider? The first step is to find a practitioner that is certified by a credible medical board.

Try to find a holistic medicine provider recommended by someone you trust. If not, contact a credible health care organization and find whom they might recommend.

Another thing you should look at are the offered appointment times. Are you being given adequate time to receive the attention you deserve? Or are you being rushed through?

You should also look for a holistic medicine practitioner that doesn’t play favorites. A holistic practitioner shouldn’t be averse to any medical practice on its face; their first, second and third concern should be your overall treatment. If that means acupuncture or aromatherapy must be included, that’s what it means. If it means surgery will likely be necessary, they should have no qualms about getting a consult arranged.

In short, make sure that a holistic medicine provider is willing to consider a wellness plan that encompasses any and all credible means to enable your healing, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. That is the goal of holistic medicine, and it should be that of a holistic medicine provider. We are here to help, contact us, we look forward to hearing from you.