Alternative medicine is enjoying a boom as people start to take control of their own lives. Therein lies the very essence of the word (w)holistic.” It means taking in the whole picture of the patient—the environment, the disease pattern, the relationship of pet with owner—and developing a treatment protocol using a wide range of therapies for healing the patient.
One of the hallmarks of his practice, and one of the goals of the Board of Holistic Medicine, is to put ownership and responsibility in the hands of the patient, while at the same time having the care and understanding to contribute insights that could help a patient through any condition.
Any therapy that is typically excluded by conventional medicine, and that patients use instead of conventional medicine, is known as alternative medicine.” It’s a catch-all term that includes hundreds of old and new practices ranging from acupuncture to homeopathy to iridology.
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 health problems, diet and sleep habits, stress and personal problems, and preferred spiritual practices.
Integrative health and medicine focuses on prevention, high-quality partnerships among clinicians, a collaborative relationship between practitioners and patients/clients, and evidence-based therapies that are not only effective, but tend to improve health.