Holistic Medicine Doctor Q&A
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What is holistic medicine?
What do holistic doctors treat?
What is the difference between holistic and natural medicine?
Can holistic doctors write prescriptions?
Is there a holistic Doctor at Personal Physician Care?
The holistic approach to medicine is changing the way doctors interact with patients. Why is holistic medicine becoming more important? It is becoming more important because of the approach to treating patients means that the whole person is being treated, not just the symptoms. The person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components are included in the treatment of the disease.
For example, if a patient is dealing with a stomach ache, a holistic approach will be to treat the pain while looking for the reasons that the pain is present. This could be related to diet, stress, or something physiological. The doctor works with the patient to formulate a treatment that meets their specific need. Holistic medicine is not the rejection of science in the treatment of patients, it is the adding of other aspects of what makes a person human to the existing science.
Holistic medicine is an approach to health care that is attitudinal rather than set to particular techniques. It works with psychological, spiritual, familial, ethical, societal, and biological dimensions of health and illness. Holistic medicine emphasizes the individuality of the patient, each person’s individual responsibility to their own health care, the doctor-patient relationship, and society’s need for the promotion of health.
As the holistic approach became more popular, it has become distorted by critics and proponents. The distortion is the equating of holism-specific therapeutic modalities to neglecting public health and focusing on an emphasis on individual responsibility while it rejects the scientific method. This view has hampered the progress of holistic medicine.
Holistic medicine works best when it is seen as complementary to larger parts of the health care process. This is where holism lies. A holistic doctor will choose to work with all forms of health care to treat a patient.
The central focus of holistic medicine is the mind-body connection. This means that a person’s thoughts and feelings can affect physical health, either positively or negatively. The traditional medical approach is to focus on the body, eat right, get enough sleep, and exercise. You can do all of those things to be healthy, but anxiety, stress, depression, and other aspects can have a negative effect on your health. Your physical health can also affect your mood and mental health. A holistic doctor will look at the relationship between the mind and body, spiritual, emotional, and other aspects to work on a treatment plan that gets to the root cause of the health concern.
The difference between holistic and natural medicine comes down to the areas of focus. Holistic medicine is practiced by doctors with conventional training in medicine and focuses on the holism of mind, body, and spirit. A natural medicine doctor will be trained in natural remedies, such as herbs, acupuncture, exercise, and massage to restore health. Natural medicine, because of its self-healing and restorative focus, is often used in holistic medicine.
This is a very common question that people will ask. The answer to this is that some can and others cannot. It will depend on the training that the doctor has and the qualifications they have attained.
At Personal Physician Care, we have many doctors on staff who are board certified and can write prescriptions. We also have the ability to do x-rays and lab work on-site to make diagnosis and treatment quicker and more effective.
Dr. Pugliese is a Holistic and Primary Care physician working at Personal Physician Care. She has a unique and comprehensive medical background and has been dedicated to improving patient health through education and quality care through the science of Ayurveda. Please contact us for more information. We serve patients from Delray Beach FL, Boca Raton FL, Boynton Beach FL, Sun Valley FL, High Point FL, and surrounding areas.