Deborah Bernstein. MD, Holistic Healing Center
Holistic Medicine is a system of health care that integrates physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of health. Holistic healthcare practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person. Below is a general outline of the structure and sequence of an independent study degree program. Holistic medicine is based on the theory that diseases occur from multiple root causes and most often can be positively impacted by treating underlying imbalances within the physical, mental and environmental realms.
Conventional medicine considers biochemical imbalances, pathogens, bacteria and viruses to be the main cause of any kind of illness. It’s the intelligent combination of alternative and conventional medicine,” explains Andrew Weil, M.D. , founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, who’s commonly considered the pioneer of integrative medicine. Waiting to see someone that only administers non-traditional medicine instead of their normal doctor will create a delay in this treatment.
Prehistory of this medicine (alternative medicine) dates back to different cultures such as Vedic and Buddhist cultures. There is, however, a growing literature showing that, in many cases, more conservative management-especially holistic oriented approaches-work as well, with a tremendous added safety factor.
However, the practice of Holistic Medicine demands the knowledge of behavioral sciences that deals with the study of human behavior using principles of psychology, sociology and anthropology in conditions of health and disease. The healthcare professionals using the holistic approach work in partnership with their patients. That these conventional medical interventions should not be the first choice of treatment, as it often is. The point is that most tend to seek natural or alternative medicine as the last resort. Before applying to any holistic medicine programs, it is important to determine which prerequisites are necessary for enrollment.
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. Donations to the Comforting Hands Fund let us invest in health care research and provide integrative medicine to the uninsured and underinsured. In a recent survey of Swedish GPs, the GPs put an emphasis on the consultation process as being an important tool for achieving an holistic view of patients and their problems.