Holistic Medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health — the primary goal of holistic medicine practice — by gaining proper balance in life.
Holistic health is a lifestyle. It doesn’t stop and start when you walk in and out of a practitioner’s office. What the patient does on a daily basis to tend to their mind, body and spirits is as important as any treatment they receive.
Many people opt for holistic medicine because it’s a way for them to feel empowered in their own health care. They don’t have to wait for drugs to work or surgery to fix them, they can take measures to enhance their wellbeing on their own.
How Holistic Healing works
Holistic medicine practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health. Holistic medicine focuses on getting all of these levels in balance.
A holistic doctor may use all forms of health care, from conventional medication to alternative therapies, to treat a patient. For example, when a person suffering from migraine headaches pays a visit to a holistic doctor, instead of walking out solely with medications, the doctor will likely take a look at all the potential factors that may be causing the person’s headaches, such as other health problems, diet and sleep habits, stress and personal problems, and preferred spiritual practices. The treatment plan may involve drugs to relieve symptoms, but also lifestyle modifications to help prevent the headaches from recurring.
Types of Holistic Healing Therapies
The types of holistic therapies available are extensive and diverse. To name a few: Aromatherapy, Ayurveda medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Reiki, Chinese Medicine and Kinesiology
They take time to work.
Most alternative treatments do not heal instantly. It usually takes several hours or even months before you can see any positive effects. This can be discouraging for some, especially if you have a nagging headache that you want to go away immediately. This is why some practitioners will not recommend complementary therapy for emergency situations.
They require lifestyle changes.
You have to commit your time, energy, and sometimes even your finances if you really want to adopt holistic medicine as your method for gaining optimum health. This means having to make some major changes to your lifestyle, such as changing your diet and adopting a different mindset when it comes to dealing with the stresses in life. But if this leads you to improved overall well-being, then maybe this can be more of an advantage than a disadvantage.