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What Should You Know About A Holistic Approach To Medicine?

What Should You Know About A Holistic Approach To Medicine?

By Dr. Patrick Lovegrove Medically Reviewed by Lindsay Langley, BSN, RN, CHT
Posted Wednesday, August 10th, 2022
Holistic Approach to Medicine

Are you wondering what a holistic approach to medicine is? Besides that, what kind of support can it give the person needing medical attention? Most importantly, is a holistic approach to medicine effective?

What Is A Holistic Approach?

A holistic approach to medicine is a system of healing that considers the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. This type of medicine looks at the physical symptoms of illness and the psychological and emotional factors contributing to the problem. A holistic approach aims to treat the person as a whole.

The holistic approach to medicine is a branch of alternative medicine that takes a broader view of the patient’s health and wellbeing. Practitioners believe that all aspects of the person’s life, including their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, are interrelated and must be considered to achieve optimum health and wellness. This approach is based on the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and that an imbalance in any area can lead to problems in other areas.

For example, a person who is physically unhealthy may also be more prone to mental and emotional health problems. The holistic approach aims to treat the person rather than just focusing on isolated symptoms.

There are many different branches of holistic medicine, but they all share a common belief in the importance of taking a comprehensive view of the patient’s health. Common modalities used in holistic medicine include acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, colonics, functional medicine, meditation, breathwork and traditional Chinese medicine. Holistic practitioners may also use diet and lifestyle changes as a treatment plan. The goal of holistic medicine is to restore balance within the body and mind, allowing the individual to reach their full potential for health and wellbeing.

What Are The Benefits Of Holistic Medicine?

The holistic approach to medicine can offer many benefits. It can help you to:

  1. Understand your health and well-being in a broader context
  2. Address the underlying causes of your illness or condition rather than just treating the symptoms. Often called the “root cause” analysis.
  3. Develop a more holistic approach to healthcare that takes into account your lifestyle and environment
  4. Connect with other aspects of yourself, such as your spiritual side

How Can Holistic Medicine Help Me?

If you are interested in exploring holistic medicine, there are many ways to get started. You could:

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Dr. Patrick Lovegrove