The Concept of Holistic Medicine
Principles Of Holistic Medicine
- All people have innate healing powers.
- Prevention is primary, and treatment is secondary.
- A problem with the whole body causes the disease, not just a single event or body part.
- Healing is through a team approach that involves a medical team and the patient and addresses all aspects of the latter's life.
- The treatment outcome includes counseling, self-care, medications, and more and gets prepared by the medical team based on the different healthcare systems.
- The treatment aims to fix the cause of the disorder and not just alleviate the symptoms.
- A person's good health is a combination of physical, emotional, and mental wellness.
Types Of Treatments Under Holistic Medicine
- Educating patients on their lifestyle changes
- Promote wellness through self-care
- Dietary changes
- Spiritual counseling
- Relationship therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
- Medications, both western and herbal
Definition Of a Holistic Doctor
Osteopath: a licensed physician who uses osteopathic manipulative medicine to treat health issues is an osteopath. It involves the physical manipulation of the musculoskeletal system. This system encompasses the entire body and includes muscles, bones, and nerves. And when one area faces a problem, it does affect the whole body. The doctors following this system use conventional treatments and incorporate musculoskeletal manipulation to treat a patient.
Integrative physician: licensed physicians who follow the integrative approach to healthcare come under this category. The professional may take training in other treatments and medicines to become capable of prescribing medications. And use the therapies therein during the treatment of their patients, which involves combining different medical techniques and systems. The treatment includes traditional medical care along with contemporary medicine. The medical practitioner may choose what is best for the patient from a wide range of therapies from different systems.
Ayurvedic doctor: a person attending an ayurvedic college; and who attains a medical degree under the Ayurveda system is licensed to practice medicine under it. Such a doctor then gets trained in other forms of the medical system. While treating patients may then use the knowledge from all these systems to provide the best treatment plan per the patient's requirements. The concept of Ayurveda is that the body faces health problems due to the imbalance in the doshas life energies. Treating the patients includes balancing these doshas. It can be through herbal medications followed by dietary modifications, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
Naturopathic doctor: an individual gets trained in naturopathic medicine by taking up a medical course at a naturopathic medical college. And thus, get issued a license to practice this medicine form. Usually, the system combines western science, natural therapies, and holistic approaches to treat a health issue in a patient. Natural therapy may be the primary or complementary treatment, per the patient's needs.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner: a licensed practitioner has to pass a certification exam in Chinese medicine or oriental medicine. According to this medicine form, every individual has a life force or qi. Optimum health depends on a flowing or balanced qi. Diseases and disorders can block or imbalance this qi. This form of medicine aims to balance qi through herbal medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle therapies.
Benefits Of Holistic Medicine
Personalized care: holistic medicine considers all elements of the patient's health rather than just physical symptoms to treat them. The treatment outcome is more personalized.
Trusted relationships: holistic doctors have always believed in taking an emphatic approach to treating patients. Patients get treated as individuals and not disease laden with symptoms. This philosophy helps build trust between the doctor and the patient.
Patient empowerment: the holistic approach to care will empower patients to take over the responsibility for their wellness. Instead of just giving recommendations, they get counseled to eat healthily and exercise by involving in a conversation to find out what is suitable for them and encourage them to follow the best practices. This method is more effective.