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Dr. James Wright
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Holistic Medicine (Overview)

Holistic medicine addresses the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Holistic medical practitioners generally integrate alternative and complementary therapies such as nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and homeopathy with conventional therapies, and focus on the importance of diet, lifestyle, and stress reduction to achieve and maintain optimal health.


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What's holistic medicine?

What's holistic medicine?

Treats whole person: Holistic practitioners address the whole person: mind, body & spirit, in the context of his/her family, relationships & environment. They attempt to address the underlying cause of illness rather than just treat symptoms. They often combine complementary therapies like herbs, nutritional supplements & homeopathic medicines with mainstream approaches. See www. Abihm. Org/about-us/principles &comment:. ...Read more

Dr. James Wright
516 Doctors shared insights

Holistic Medicine (Overview)

Holistic medicine addresses the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Holistic medical practitioners generally integrate alternative and complementary therapies such as nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and homeopathy with conventional therapies, and focus on the importance of diet, lifestyle, and stress reduction to achieve and maintain optimal health.


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How effective is holistic medicine?

How effective is holistic medicine?

The most effective: Genuinely holistic medicine only adds to medicine's effectiveness. By not just treating symptoms or diagnoses, but adding attention to nutrition, stress, attitude, and adding treatments like acupuncture, bodywork, and mindbody medicine, it gives the patient a better chance to get well. Lots of things use the label holistic that are not at all holistic. Holistic medicine includes medicine. ...Read more

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Help, what types of holistic medicine are most useful?

Help, what types of holistic medicine are most useful?

Acupuncture: First of all, conventional medicine is held to high standards of proven effectiveness and safety. Any alternative medicine should be integrated part of the traditional medicine. Acupuncture is #1 alternative medicine in the world. ...Read more

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How does holistic treatment meet someones needs more than traditional medicine?

How does holistic treatment meet someones needs more than traditional medicine?

Many more options: Basically, traditional medicine involves drugs & surgery, perhaps a bit of physical therapy. To this foundation, a holistic md might add nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy & mind-body medicine, etc. Holistic docs treat the whole person & tend to spend much more time counseling & educating patients about diet, lifestyle, stress reduction etc. Why settle for a more limited approach? ...Read more

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What's holistic medicine?

Treats whole person: Holistic practitioners address the whole person: mind, body & spirit, in the context of his/her family, relationships & environment. They attempt to address the underlying cause of illness rather than just treat symptoms. They often combine complementary therapies like herbs, nutritional supplements & homeopathic medicines with mainstream approaches. See www. Abihm. Org/about-us/principles &comment:. ...Read more

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What is holistic medicine?

Natural healthcare: Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person. Instead of treating an illness, holistic medicine looks at an individual's overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing and natural biocompatible remedies are used to fuind the cause of suymptoms and heal it. ...Read more

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What is holistic medicine?

What is holistic medicine?

Holistic Medicine: At its heart, all good medicine is holistic -- whether practiced by md's, do's, or nd's. To me it's sad when physicians of any background forget the need to attend to the whole patient in their work, and overlook the role that healing plays in patient outcomes. Relationship is essential to this process. I believe we all can do better, and that patients like you need to remind us. Thank you. ...Read more

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How effective is holistic medicine?

The most effective: Genuinely holistic medicine only adds to medicine's effectiveness. By not just treating symptoms or diagnoses, but adding attention to nutrition, stress, attitude, and adding treatments like acupuncture, bodywork, and mindbody medicine, it gives the patient a better chance to get well. Lots of things use the label holistic that are not at all holistic. Holistic medicine includes medicine. ...Read more

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Is holistic medicine actually? Legitimate?

Is holistic medicine actually? Legitimate?

Yes, it is: Holistic medicine is a legitimate field. Its body of expertise includes whole-person health, nutrition, mind-body interventions, tcm/acupuncture, herbs, energy medicine, homeopathy, manual medicine, spirituality, and more. Physicians who practice holistic medicine come from from many specialties. There is an american board of holistic integrative medicine: see http://www. Abihm. Org/ for info. ...Read more

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What are some good centers for holistic medicine?

There are many: There are many across the country. Google for holistic health centers convenient to your home. ...Read more

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Help, what types of holistic medicine are most useful?

Acupuncture: First of all, conventional medicine is held to high standards of proven effectiveness and safety. Any alternative medicine should be integrated part of the traditional medicine. Acupuncture is #1 alternative medicine in the world. ...Read more

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Is there actually chemistry involved holistic medicine?

Is there actually chemistry involved holistic medicine?

Yes: If by holistic medicine you mean physicians who practice holistic medicine -- yes, chemistry is required in order to enter medical school. Then 4 years of medical school, which does include working with acid-base balance in the body. Patient care requires understanding of chemistry -- especially in functional medicine and in areas like endocrinology, nephrology, and critical care medicine. ...Read more

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Is becoming a holistic medicine practioner a viable option?

Is becoming a holistic medicine practioner a viable option?

Holistic Medicine: There are many ways to involve yourself in holistic medicine. The one that gives you the most freedom (and the most responsibility) is to become a physician. Medical training provides a foundation in intense patient care that other paths don't provide. Being a physician can be heart-opening, humbling, and mind expanding. It's possible to be holistic, no matter what specialty you practice -- yes! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: holistic medicine?

What is the definition or description of: holistic medicine?

Treats the whole pt: Holistic implies that the complete individual is treated, not just the disease. That is, the stress, living situation, nutrition etc are taken into consideration when treating, say, the flu. This can be a good thing. Problem is it opens the door to many intuitively hoped-for but scientifically unproven theories such as ' energy imbalances or imaginary toxins., etc.

Check http://NCCIH. Nih. Org ...Read more

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Please tell me what types of holistic medicine are most useful?

Please tell me what types of holistic medicine are most useful?

It depends: Holistic medicine includes a huge variety of practices and professionals. What's most useful depends on the nature of the problem, what other treatments are also being employed, and the skill of the practitioner. For instance, homeopathy can be extremely helpful in some cases conventional medicine has no options for, yet practitioners vary. For an overview: http://www. Abihm. Org/. ...Read more

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Could there be a diffrence between holistic medicine and herbolgy?

Could there be a diffrence between holistic medicine and herbolgy?

Yes: Holistic medicine views the person as a whole, assessing spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. Herbalism or (herpetology, herbal medicine) is one form of holistic medicine. It uses plants, fungi & minerals for treatment. ...Read more

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How effective are holistic drs? What are the pros and cons of holistic medicine?

Treats the whole pt: Holistic implies that the complete individual is treated, not just the disease. That is, the stress, living situation, nutrition etc are taken into consideration when treating, say, the flu. This can be a good thing. Problem is it opens the door to many intuitively hoped-for but scientifically unproven theories such as ' energy imbalances or imaginary toxins., etc.

Check http://NCCIH. Nih. Org ...Read more

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How can you become a holistic medicine practitioner?

How can you become a holistic medicine practitioner?

Look at your state: Look at your state which could have regulations about the requirements for licensing and practice. Each state differs. Once you know the regulations then you can search for an appropriate training program. ...Read more

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Is there a? Difference between homeopathic and holistic medicine?

Is there a? Difference between homeopathic and holistic medicine?

Yes: I agree with dr. Dasilva that homeopathy is holistic, and also a distinct system of medicine. But his description of "homeopathic" is actually "isopathic": using a solution of the identical organism thought to cause lyme. Instead, homeopathy applies medicines whose pattern of symptoms matches those of the individual patient: "similar suffering". Actual remedy could be plant, mineral, or animal. ...Read more

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How are complementary health therapies different from holistic medicine?

How are complementary health therapies different from holistic medicine?

Holistic Medicine: "complementary health therapies" may be practiced by non-physicians, and are usually used along with ongoing conventional treatments. "holistic medicine" is practiced by physicians, and is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person. It integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease. Http://www. Holisticmedicine. Org. ...Read more

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Why do so many doctors scoff when I tell them I believe in holistic medicine?

Why do so many doctors scoff when I tell them I believe in holistic medicine?

They're suffering: Some conventionally trained physicians may not realize that by its very nature, medicine is "holistic" -- involves the whole person (body, mind, emotions, and spirit) and relationships are essential too. Conventional training may also downplay the role of healing in patient recovery. In allowing this, we disconnect ourselves from what drew us into medicine in the first place. Great loss for all. ...Read more

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What is the difference between homeopathic medicine and holistic medicine?

What is the difference between homeopathic medicine and holistic medicine?

Homeopathy: Homeopathy is a separate system of medicine, and is by definition "holistic" -- prescriptions are made for whole beings rather than parts. Homeopathy was developed by german physician dr. Samuel hahnemann, and is known for the principle of "like cures like, " and use of the minimum dose. Other holistic systems of medicine include acupuncture and ayurveda, but these have different backgrounds. ...Read more

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How can one become certified in holistic medicine, herbology, or natural healing?

Look at your state: Look at your state which could have regulations about the requirements for licensing and practice. Each state differs. Once you know the regulations then you can search for an appropriate training program. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between "holistic medicine" and "complementary and alternative medicine"?

Is there a difference between "holistic medicine" and "complementary and alternative medicine"?

Yes and No.: These terms may be used interchangeably to distinguish them from conventional or orthodox medicine. Technically, "holistic medicine" refers to using a approach where the body is encouraged to do its own healing. In contrast, "complementary medicine" refers to a practice of medicine that works with conventional medicine and "alternative medicine" refers to using natural means other than drugs. ...Read more

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Are there any holistic medicine treatment for osteoarthritis?

Are there any holistic medicine treatment for osteoarthritis?

Yes: Holistic treatment might include rest, exercise, massage, acupuncture, nutrition, herbs, guided imagery, and physical therapy depending on the individual patient. ...Read more

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Can holistic medicine work for arthritis patients?

Can holistic medicine work for arthritis patients?

Yes...: We refer patients to holistic md's and we have seen some encouraging results from doctors prescribing supplements. Also holistic doctors are likely to suggest that a patient make some dietary changes and consider doing a cleanse to remove toxins including heavy metals. A clifford report may be used by a holistic doctor to help guide treatment. ...Read more

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Can myasthenia gravis be cured using holistic medicine?

Can myasthenia gravis be cured using holistic medicine?

Not established: About 1/3 can see spontaneous remission, 1/3 stabilize on chronic medications, and 1/3 have progressive difficulties. Chronic and/or longterm medications may aid but can have significant adverse impact on life and/or health. In appropriate candidates, minimally invasive thoracic surgery to remove thymus (thymectomy) can possibly cure or stabilize disease or decrease amount and/or types of meds. ...Read more

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What is a traditional healer? Is that the same thing as a holistic medicine doctor?

They aren't the same: For instance - a witch doctor may be a traditional healer whereas a holistic medicine doctor is usually an MD or DO who has studied integrative holistic medicine. ...Read more

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I have been on Topomax for around 10 years for migraines. I'm no longer able to refill my script. Will it be safe to quit cold turkey or is there a holistic medicine I can take?

I have been on Topomax for around 10 years for migraines. I'm no longer able to refill my script. Will it be safe to quit cold turkey or is there a holistic medicine I can take?

Procedure: If you wish to taper the Topamax, (topiramate) be aware that this should be slowly done over a period of several weeks, as there is theoretical risk of both withdrawal migraines, and seizures. Should be coordinated closely with a physician. Yes, there are OTC preps that work well.
Perhaps a Concierge virtual consult will help. ...Read more