There are many people who don’t like using drugs for treating their problems. So when you see a holistic practitioner, they will usually spend about an hour or an hour and a half for the initial consultation. All healthcare practitioners should aspire to holistic medicine and try to practise it. Recognising the ‘whole’ person in the prevention and treatment of disease may hold the key to some diagnoses for doctors. Renewed energy and positive attitude are the essential holistic stimulus on the patient’s body to activate the healing processes in holistic approaches. The appeal of this holistic medicine culture does need to be understood better by the modern medical establishment.
Depending on which one of the various holistic medicine programs you choose to pursue, course prerequisites, duration and tuition will vary. Integrative Medicine blends mainstream medicine with a variety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities, such as intravenous (IV) and oral supplementation, nutrition, acupuncture, energy work and other forms of bodywork. Functional medicine utilizes natural products predominantly, but not exclusively, to help the patient reach a state of health.
For example in allopathic medicine the aim is to treat the condition and to prescribe things to help you get rid of it. In holistic medicine although the aim is to also clear up a condition the focus is different. Others choose alternative medicine as a last resort, perhaps as a way to opt out of chemotherapy. In short, holistic medicine treats the underlying problem – not just its symptoms.
Complimentary and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices, especially Acupuncture are now widely accepted. Many people who partake of holistic methods may find that they are able to work with their medical doctors to lower dosages or eliminate pharmaceutical medications as their health improves. Traditional Chinese medicine states that there is an energy that flows through the body called the CHI and this vital force runs through channels called meridians and when this energy is blocked for any reason, pain congestion and disease can occur.
Holistic medicine for treatment of arthritis offers arthritis suffers lasting relief from pain and inflammation. The wholeness inherent in the scope of holistic veterinary medicine nurtures all aspects of an animal’s well-being, resulting in lasting physical, mental, and emotional health. I have some experience studying alternative medicine as I was in India for a short time last summer studying the basics of Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine.