What is Holistic Medicine?

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Dear Dr. Sara,

Can you tell me what you mean by Holistic Medicine?  What is it?

Signed,

Curious & Confused

 

Dear C & C,

Holistic healing is defined in this way by Wikipedia:

Holistic health is a concept in medical practice upholding that all aspects of people’s needs, psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. As defined above, the holistic view on treatment is widely accepted in medicine.[1] A different definition, claiming that disease is a result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance, is used in alternative medicine.[2]

Holistic health focuses on all facets of human functioning, which involves our taking responsibility for maintaining all aspect of our well-being.

I have always seen the treatment of the whole person as Holistic healing… I feel strongly that you just don’t prescribe a medicine for high blood pressure without working on what stresses are causing the high blood pressure.  You don’t heal when you just treat the symptom… you are just treating the symptom and the person is still sick.  You have high blood pressure, depressions, heart attacks for a reason.  Holistic medicine is concerned about treating the disease and also healing the reason for the disease.

Hope this is helpful.

Power on,

Dr Sara