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What is Holistic Medicine?
What most people don’t realize is that holistic medicine is based on the same scientific principles that govern traditional medicine. A holistic doctor will use proven principles and tools to determine the underlying cause of a patient’s dysfunction. The difference lies in the approach to treating a person’s overall health and wellness. Holistic doctors do not prescribe medication to relieve a symptom. Instead, they believe in helping their patients take responsibility for their own health and wellness. Holistic Doctors address all aspects of a patient’s life including their physical health, emotional health, nutrition, stress levels, habits, and overall sense of well-being. In essence, holistic medicine focuses on fixing the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves.
What Can I Expect from My Appointment?
One of the best pieces of advice we give to our patients as they embark on their first appointment with a natural doctor is this – be prepared to answer a lot of questions. The most important aspect of any patient experience is the history. Even more than x-rays or diagnostic tests, a good medical history can shed light on underlying causes that may be contributing to your most uncomfortable symptoms. Be prepared to be asked questions about your diet and exercise habits, your relationship history, your lifestyle, your sleep patterns, and how you feel emotionally. We are not being nosy, we are just trying to get an overall picture of the interconnected aspects of your health. Remember, we are not only trying to relieve your symptoms, we are trying to support your body’s ability to heal itself leaving you stronger and healthier than before. You may be asked to complete blood, urine or other forms of tests at your convenience. These tests are designed to give us a complete picture of your physical health. Once these tests have been completed and the results have been received, we will explain what they mean and answer any questions you may have. These tests, when combined with your medical history, will determine your customized wellness plan. Curious what difference holistic medicine can make in your life? Contact us today for a consultation.