Most of us go to the doctor when we don’t feel well, or a specialist to care for a specific condition or injury. These visits primarily occur after initial or more advanced symptoms have presented. With holistic medicine, care addresses the entire body, not just one specific condition or injury. The holistic approach advocates the maintenance of health and well-being through the implementation of preventive care by ways of healthy choices and lifestyle changes. Recently, medical practitioners in states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana have found that it is a great complement to holistic medical care. In fact, the benefits are many and include –
If you see a doctor or a specialist for a specific concern – say chronic joint pain – that doctor will more than likely treat just that joint. Of course, he will take your vitals and make helpful recommendations, such as losing weight or seeking physical therapy – but it’s somewhat doubtful he will ask about any mental, environmental or spiritual aspects that can deeply influence your overall well-being. With holistic health, your doctor will take into consideration these and other impactful influences, and may determine that medical marijuana can help achieve that balance and relief you are seeking to achieve total wellness.
Too often, surgery is the foregone conclusion when it comes to many injuries or medical conditions. However, holistic medicine can provide solutions that often don’t require undergoing scalpel. Besides being non-invasive, holistic solutions – which include lifestyle changes and other areas of focus of integrative medicine like acupuncture, massage and medical marijuana – have been proven to be safe, effective and affordable.
No one will dispute the efficacy of medical treatments like chemotherapy and pain medication, but these treatments often have risky or unwelcomed side-effects that can take a toll on our emotional and physical health. Holistic medicine has proven to be an outstanding complement to these aggressive treatments, and evidence suggests that complementary holistic therapies – to include medical marijuana – are an effective inclusion into a treatment plan, especially to ease pain, relieve anxiety and reduce seizures.
Holistic medicine has been used to treat myriad conditions – from cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder to glaucoma, Parkinson’s Disease and fibromyalgia. In some cases, medical marijuana has helped manage pain so well that pain medication is no longer prescribed; that’s because the compounds that comprise medical marijuana interact with receptors in the body that signal the brain, nervous system, immune system, and more to help regulate health.
Parents may have concerns or are reluctant to medicate their child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, behavioral problems or autism. In these cases, holistic medicine and medical marijuana can help.
Because marijuana is believed to have the same impact on dopamine levels as prescription medications, many parents are seeking alternative treatments and seeing positive results. For children who require medication for a medical condition or disease, holistic treatments may counter the side-effects of medication.
Medical Marijuana in Ohio
In Ohio, possession of marijuana for recreational purposes is against the law. Those seeking integrative, holistic medical care that incorporates the use of medical marijuana must be prescribed by a licensed and certified medical practitioner. At InteCare Medical Clinic in Fairborn, Dr. David Zainey performs comprehensive consultations to develop practical, results-oriented treatment plans that empower those in his care to take control of their health and better manage their medical conditions. He has also gained extensive treatment expertise with medical marijuana and is certified by the state of Ohio to perform evaluations and make recommendations. If you are interested in learning more about integrative medicine and holistic care as well as if medical marijuana could benefit you, call Dr. Zainey today at (937) 874-5766 or request an appointment.