An Approach to Life

This is an exciting moment in the history of medicine! Now, more than ever, individuals are able to access an array of methods for sustaining and restoring health. Treatments ranging from A (aromatherapy) to Z (Zen) meditation are hunkered under the umbrella of holism. The term “holistic” is often used as a synonym for alternative therapies, but “holistic health” is not a categorical term, as such.

Holistic health is simply an approach to life. As far back as 5,000 years ago, healing systems in China and India called attention to the importance of living in harmony with nature. Holistic practitioners today are able to integrate this ancient wisdom with modern medical understanding to focus on each person as a whole, unique being interacting with the environment.

Conventional Medicine and the Holistic Approach: What’s the Difference?

A holistic approach to wellness does not mean turning away from therapies provided by modern medicine today. Comparing and contrasting conventional medicine and a holistic approach through the example of a common health issue-like high cholesterol – demonstrates how one is not opposite nor separate from the other.

High cholesterol affects 1 in 5 U.S. adults. People with high cholesterol have a much greater risk of encountering severe health problems. For this reason, drugs like Lipitor and Zocor are often prescribed immediately to reduce the possibility of complications like heart attach, stroke, and vascular disease. Like jumper cables for your car battery, these drugs jolt your body back into a functional state. This can be very helpful.

To continue with the car analogy-drugs for high cholesterol are designed to get you from the side of the highway to your home, work, or the mechanic’s shop safely. There, you can assess the car’s electrical problem in-full and proceed to make repairs. It would be nonsensical and possibly damaging to jump the car’s battery everyday.

Encourage the Body’s Natural Instinct to Heal Itself

Holismn. the theory that whole entities, as fundamental components of reality, have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts.

A high cholesterol reading is only a sign of a larger imbalance. Like the mechanic who takes pains to diagnose exactly how and why a car’s electrical system has failed, a holistic health practitioner will want to know how the interlocking systems of your mind, body, and spirit influence any health problem that you might experience.

Holistic treatment starts with the premise that your body already knows what it needs to sustain health and that poor health is your body’s way of communicating that it is in need. This means that patient and doctor must ban together to deal with the root cause of an illness. Patient involvement is essential for developing and orchestrating holistic treatment systems.

A health concern like high cholesterol can be the result of numerous physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual factors. A drug that jumpstarts health is only designed to be helpful in preventing serious implications in the short-term. This collaborative style of holistic healing achieves sustainable health by treating physical disharmonies from the inside out.

Asking the right questions and actively listening are the most important services that a holistic practitioner can provide. Are emotional problems contributing to poor eating habits, or is anxiety causing your cholesterol to sky-rocket? When the source of imbalance is truly understood, treatment is adapted to meet your specific needs.

If you are seeking a personal and sustainable health solution and would like more information about what you’ve read in this blog, please contact my office or shoot over an email. We at IMS are open to any and all comments, questions, and conversations!

One Response to “Holistic Health”

  1. adriana harris says:

    My husband and I are looking for a health care insurance
    in White Plains, NY. We have an excelent holistic Doctor but we would like to have a coverage just in an emergency.
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    Thank you for your consideration.
    Adriana Harris

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