So what does holistic medicine mean? Holistic is defined as “Being characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.” For me, and many of you, this is pretty AMAZING! In my opinion, it should be standard. Unfortunately, that’s not how Western medicine works as standard treatment protocol.
That is unless you’re specialized in holistic medicine. Most people when they hear that word, think of hippies and incents. That may be part of some people’s practice, but that’s not the foundation of the practice. It is important for people to know what options they have when it comes to treating their ailments. If the standard care you’re receiving isn’t working, it doesn’t hurt to look for other options.
Typically, when you visit your primary care or regular physician and have an ailment, they will prescribe you medication. If you’re not any better, they may end up prescribing you something different. They may also recommend you get some blood work done or change your diet or exercise.
Honestly, any time I suggested dietary or exercise changes, it seemed to fall on deaf ears. I think we are all wired to want a quick fix, especially when we aren’t feeling well. If you’re someone who gets the sniffles and go into the doctor the same day for antibiotics, I do recommend you read the post regarding Overuse of Antibiotics which you can get to by clicking here.
The system is also set up to where the doctor doesn’t win. The physician doesn’t want to see 25 patients every day in 10-15 minute increments and eat his/her lunch while standing up and in between seeing patients. He/she doesn’t want to have to take work home and chart all night to get “caught up” for the week, just for their inbox to be swarming with massive amounts of messages and results to follow up on.
I think most doctors would LOVE to be able to create their own schedule and really spend quality time with them to be able to address all the concerns that we have written down on the piece of paper when we go to the doctor. But there frankly just isn’t enough time.
The hospital gets paid on how many patients the doctors see and the doctors must see a set number of patients per day in order to keep current with their credentials and their contracts. In my opinion, standard physicians, especially Family Medicine doctors are SEVERELY underpaid and mistreated. But… that’s just one girl’s opinion.
Holistic Medicine Services
Sorry, that went off in a tangent. I’m good now 😉 There are various sub-specialties that fall under the holistic medicine umbrella. Some primary care, internal medicine, and Osteopathy doctors are holistic specialist doctors. The approach of all of these physicians is to look at the entire body to figure out the best way to treat the underlying condition.
Other specialists include Chiropractic, Napropathy, Accupuncture, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Psychiatry, Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Life Coaching. If you are looking for someone within those areas of specialities, but also want someone who treats from a holistic standpoint, be sure to ask specifically that information before scheduling a new patient appointment.
When seeing a holistic doctor, they may prescribe you an herbal combo supplement which can be compounded at a local Apothecary pharmacy. Apothecaries can also create topical creams as well. That particular physician will likely have a specific pharmacy they deal with and will give you that information at the visit.
You can see a holistic provider for a number of ailments, some of which I’ve listed below:
- Mental health: anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, etc.
- Weight Management
- Pain Management: neck pain, hip pain, back pain, knee pain, arthritis etc.
- Endocrine problems: Diabetes, Thyroid disease, Hormonal Imbalances, etc.
- Stomach issues: leaky gut and IBS
- Multiple Sclerosis
There are people who see a regular primary care doctor and also see a holistic Chiropractor and Nutritionist. It’s all about picking your flavor! I’m just teasing, do what works best for you and your particular situation. We only have one body so might as well get the most out of it while we can (at least that’s my thought process).
Have you tried a holistic type physician? Did you find some help in what you were/are struggling with?
I am in the process of obtaining my holistic nutrition health coaching certification. So if you’re interested in getting on the wait list for clients once I start accepting clients in June, be sure to jump on over to the Nutrition Health Coaching Services tab or click here.
Let me know if you have any questions about this information or drop a comment below! I look forward to chatting with you soon. On Friday we’ll be talking about hydration, Hydration, HYDRATION!!
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Reference: Center for Holistic Medicine