Holistic Health Care

Holistic Health Care

Holistic health care is the practice of treating the human body as a whole. It is the idea that all parts of a person- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual- must be healthy and in balance in order for a person to recover from an ailment. Therefore, those who practice holistic health care not only address the physical symptoms of an illness, they also address the other aspects of the person.

Holistic Health Care: History

Holistic health care has its roots in ancient medicine. For 6000 years, medical practitioners believed that physical ailments had roots in emotional and spiritual illness. Then in the seventeenth century, Rene Descartes presented his ideas of two substances, matter – material and immaterial. He believed that the body was material matter and followed the laws of physics and the soul was immaterial matter and did not follow physical laws. He also believed that there was a barrier between body and soul that could not be breached. This idea formed the basis of modern medicine. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that ideas began to change again and it was recognized that psychological and spiritual issues could affect physical health.

Holistic Health Care: Principles

  • The core principles of holistic health care include:
  • All people have innate healing powers
  • The patient is a person, not a collection of symptoms
  • Healing takes a team involving the patient and doctor and addresses all aspects of a person’s life
  • Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms.

Holistic Health Care: Types of Treatment

Holistic health care providers use a variety of treatment approaches to help patients take responsibility for their own well-being and achieve optimal health. These could include:

  • Patient education on lifestyle changes and self-care including diet, exercise, psychotherapy, relationship and spiritual counseling, etc.
  • Complementary and alternative therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, massage therapy, naturopathy, etc.
  • Western medications and surgical procedures.

Holistic Health Care: How to Find a Holistic Provider

Holistic providers may include medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, and homeopathic doctors. To find a holistic health care provider, you can:

  • Check with labs that perform alternative medicine nutritional testing and ask them for a list of holistic doctors in the area
  • Ask friends to refer you to a competent holistic doctor: Referrals can often be the best way to find a holistic doctor that has a reputable practice.
  • Go to local health food stores: Health food stores and holistic medicine stores often will have bulletins or ads by holistic doctors in the area.
  • Check the internet: Several holistic medical associations have online directories which can be searched for your area. Some of the sites contain just holistic doctors while others also list doctors in in other holistic fields, such as N.D.s (doctors of naturopathy).
  • Look in the local phone book or online yellow pages under the headings for complementary doctors, integrative medicine or alternative therapies, or under the headings for the treatment you are looking for such as acupuncture, homeopathy or naturopathy.

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/what-is-holistic-medicine

 

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