Holistic medicine is patient-centered. This form of healing takes the entire person into consideration when coming up with a treatment protocol. By taking the entire body into consideration, holistic medicine bases its practices on the interconnections of the body. When one area of the body is in trouble or lacking, it affects the others. Holistic medicine looks to treat the affected area at the core to reinstate total body wellness and peace. Holistic medicine is an approach to healthcare that helps the body in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness.
Traditional medicine typically focuses on the symptoms being caused by the troubled area, rather than the direct issue itself. Holistic medicine dives deep into the patient’s lifestyle and when a patient has frequent headaches, is not just prescribed medication but has been evaluated for all of the potential factors that may be causing the headaches. Treatment plans may include all-natural supplements as well as lifestyle modifications. These lifestyle modifications can include yoga, meditation, mindful thinking, walking, journaling, chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and more.
One of the main factors of holistic medicine that is especially effective is having love and support. Support from a family member, close friends, or other relationships is the most powerful healing agent. Holistic medicine coupled with the practice of functional medicine provides a truly unique healing experience.