Holistic medicine is an overall philosophy that considers the whole body of a person, including the body, physically, psychologically, socially. and spiritually, in order to prevent diseases and to find optimal health. People can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life.
The ideology behind holistic health is that the human body is made up of interdependent parts. If one part of the body is not working correctly, the whole body will not work correctly. Overall, this means if people have imbalances in their lives whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual, the imbalance can harm the overall health.
Holistic doctors use various forms of health care such as conventional medicine with a focus on promoting natural healing. Holistic medicine treats symptoms as well as looks for underlying causes of the symptoms. If a person has consistent headaches and migraines, a holistic physician will not just prescribe sleeping medication. They will look at other factors such as diet, sleep habits, stress and other potential root causes in order to improve their patient’s quality of life. Although holistic doctors will prescribe medicine when deemed necessary, with a high focus on lifestyle modifications, patients that work with doctors who follow this philosophy will see better long term results and in the case of consistent headaches or migraines, see lower incidences in their future.
Holistic medicine is beneficial for long-term health because it will not only help an existing problem but will help prevent other problems down the line. Treatments in holistic medicine are designed to improve the body overall with a focus on health. Treatments include enhancing the mind’s capacity to affect bodily functions and symptoms, through uses of substances such as antioxidant rich foods and vitamins to enhance healing and prevent future illnesses.Instead of healing one factor of the body, holistic medicine heals the body as a whole to improve an illness and life as a whole.