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January 10, 2016

Diseases that Can be Treated With Holistic Medicine

Diseases that can be treated with Holistic medicine or so-called alternative medicine belong to practically all aspects of medicine including cardiology, surgery, ENT, OB-GYN, Pulmonology, Cardiology, etc.

Holistic Medicine for a Wide Range of Diseases

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.

Holistic Medicine for a wide range of diseasesHolistic Medicine emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, and spiritual and lifestyle values. It encompasses all stated modalities of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. Holistic medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and well-being.

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 causing diseases.

A Holistic Approach to Diseases

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 diseases, 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.

Theoretically, naturopathy is based on the principle that one can use his or her mind and body resources to enhance the immune system and improve overall well-being and thus recover from different diseases. Consequently, if a person’s mind were imbalanced it would not be able to heal the body from diseases. It is this fundamental premise that holistic health is based on; the co-dependent relationship between minds, body, and spirit. The high success rate associated with naturopathy has prompted most North American doctors to combine western practices with holistic medicine.

Alternative treatment for a majority of diseases

If you’ve decided that Holistic Medicine is the way to go then the next step is deciding which brand is best suited for you and your body. Some of these include Nutrition, Herbology, Energy work, touch therapy, mind revision therapy, Chinese medicine, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy and more. Often overlooked are stress-reducing spa treatments. Massage, facials, scrubs, and wraps all help to soothe the senses, ease the mind and comfort soul.

Holistic Medicine treats the whole individual instead of isolated symptoms of the diseases, but it also looks for underlying causes of these symptoms. One way of explaining this is by looking for ‘the story behind the story’. An example of this has been described in an Accident and Emergency setting where patients may present with one problem and then, having had relief from pain, diagnosis, and care, may explain what led to their problems and attendance. This may reveal, for example, domestic violence, exploitation, or danger. The same can be applied in a General Practice, or any other medical consultation, setting.

Holistic Medicine approach is something that alternative medicine practitioners traditionally use as a basis for their treatments. However, it is a common misconception that holistic medicine is just ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’ healing. It is true that holistic medicine allows for a wider range of treatment approaches to be used together and encourages open-mindedness for these different approaches. Some of these approaches may include the use of complementary and alternative medicine but holistic medicine does not dismiss conventional medicine. It uses conventional medicine as part of the treatment methodology. Nutrition, exercise, homeopathy, prayer, acupuncture, and meditation are just a few other treatments that may be used together with conventional medicine as part of a holistic approach. Holistic nursing is also recognized as being an important concept.

All healthcare practitioners should aspire to holistic medicine and try to practice it. Recognizing the ‘whole’ person in the prevention and treatment of a disease may hold the key to some diagnoses for doctors. It may also allow valuable and important help and guidance to be given to the patient. Patients tend to be more satisfied if a doctor takes a holistic approach, feeling that their doctor has time for them and their problems. However, in General, Practice with only 10 minutes allocated per consultation, time constraints may sometimes make this difficult to achieve.

         

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