Holistic Doctors and Holistic Medicine
Holistic medicine is a method of healing that considers the whole person
. . . in their quest for optimal health and wellness.
Holistic doctors and Holistic Health Practitioners believe
. . . the whole person is made up of interdependent parts.
If one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected.
These imbalances in the physical, emotional or bio-mass aspects of their lives can affect their health.
Optimal health can be achieved by maintaining or restoring proper balance in these 3 aspects of life.
A holistic medicine doctor views you as a person, not a disease.
When you consult a holistic health practitioner or holistic doctor, instead of a drive-by prescription, your treatment involves identifying and fixing the root cause of your condition . . . not just alleviating the symptoms.
A holistic health practitioner requires more than the 10 to 15 minutes of consultation with clients. You will be asked lots of questions about your health objective and issues, diet, exercise, sleep patterns, how you feel emotionally, your habits and daily practices, work, family, close relationships and more – all to gain a complete picture of you as a whole person and to investigate all the potential factors that may be the root causes of your health issue.
Holistic practitioners may use a variety of techniques to help you achieve your own well-being and optimal health responsibly. These techniques may include: education on diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and self-care to promote wellness. Also, your treatment plan may involve natural remedies and/or lifestyle modifications to help support healing, prevent a recurrence and promote optimal health.
- Treats the person, not the disease.
- Balance produces health and healing.
- All people have innate healing powers.
- Unconditional support is a powerful healer when a person is striving to and taking responsibility for protecting or reclaiming his or her health and well-being.
Here are some tips for choosing holistic medicine,
a holistic doctor or holistic health practitioner:
- Don’t go to just anyone.
As with all professionals, there are those who are good at their jobs and those who are not as good. Before choosing a holistic medicine doctor, get a recommendation from someone you trust, check their reviews on-line or ask the professional for references.
- Do your homework.
When selecting a holistic doctor, find out as much as you can about that person’s training, experience, specialties and the professional’s treatment philosophy. Then ask: “Is it similar to your own views?”
- Appointment duration.
Choose a provider who will spend enough time with you so that he or she can gain a full understanding of your needs. Remember: It requires more than the ten to 15 minutes to gain a complete picture of you as a whole person.
- Are you comfortable with the provider?
Does he or she make you feel at ease? Is the provider respectful of your concerns and beliefs? Remember, holistic medicine takes a team approach between you and the provider, so make sure you feel comfortable and respected and that he or she is someone with whom you would like to work.
- Are the right questions being asked?
In order to understand you as a whole person – and not just a disease, be prepared to answer lots of questions, including questions about your diet, exercise, sleep habits, how you feel emotionally, your beliefs and practices, close relationships and more. If questions like these are not being asked by the provider, he or she may not be holistic-minded.
- What are your treatment options?
Does the wellness plan go beyond pills? Make sure the practitioner examines lifestyle factors, along with medical factors that could be contributing to your illness.
Source: WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/what-is-holistic-medicine
The Bottom Line for Holistic Methods and Doctors
It is more than likely that you will live longer than your parents. Unfortunately, you’ll suffer more – and pay more – for managed medical care earlier and for a longer period of time during your lifetime – than your parents, too!
These and other chronic health conditions are predictable – not inevitable. Somehow, people have forgotten – or never learned the fundamental rules for the care and maintenance of their body.
This blind spot is full of risks! You have 3 options:
- Ignore the issue completely and “role the dice”
- Wait until the inevitable happens to you.
… and hope Traditional Medicine – or a guy like me – can help you.
- Change the calculus.
It’s your life – It’s your choice.
If you want, or need help with remembering or learning the fundamental rules for the care and maintenance of your body, so you can match your health span to your life span, you have 2 options: