Holistic health principles can be applied to all medical care. Any health practice that goes beyond curing a specific condition or illness, one that includes promoting overall happiness and well-being, is fundamentally holistic. This approach can lead to a stronger, healthier body and minimize medical intervention in the future.
If this is what you are looking for, be aware that some health care practitioner may refer to their practice as ‘holistic,’ but fall short of that claim. It is possible, however, for you to recognize a legitimate holistic medical practice by keeping in mind this set of basic principles:
Have you and your doctor discussed your lifestyle and habits in a meaningful way? A healthy lifestyle speeds recovery by strengthening the immune system and overall health. One of the most basic principles of holistic health is that the body knows how to heal itself. A focus on prevention will strengthen the process of healing and create a sense of wellness.
If prevention is not enough to forestall ill health, and medical intervention is required, treatment should begin with the least invasive option. Has your doctor taken the time to explain your condition in a way that makes sense to you? Is he or she willing to discuss various options and encourage you to begin with treatments with the least potential negative side effects?
Healing happens naturally and the goal is to remove the obstacles that allow for recovery to occur. Your doctor should be focusing on the root causes and not the effects. The goal is to support the body’s natural healing abilities rather than to supplant them.
A pharmaceutical targets the pain receptors, but a better option may arise from muscular bodywork or adjustment of the spine. Whereas a pill may have negative side effects, a realigned body may have many other beneficial effects that lead to better overall health.
Lastly, and perhaps most important, a medical practice that claims to be holistic should feel compassionate and loving, and your health should feel like a shared responsibility between you and your doctor. Do you feel he or she has a strong sense of empathy and takes your ideas and concerns seriously? Good health will arise from a healthy partnership between you and your doctor.