Holistic medicine focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit by concentrating on the whole person, not just the symptoms of illness or disease. Holistic medicine does this by attending to the overall health of a patient, including the environmental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of one’s being, in addition to one’s physical health. With holistic medicine, good health is not just the absence of illness, it’s a state of optimal health. If you are suffering from a chronic condition or pain, it may be time to incorporate holistic medicine into your treatment plan. Here is what holistic medicine is used for.
The Holistic Approach to Illness
The holistic approach to healing involves the use of safe and effective complementary and conventional therapies for diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease. Instead of just treating your symptoms, your practitioner will search for the underlying cause of the illness by considering your environment and emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Lifestyle changes and self-care are included in almost all holistic treatment plans, as are complementary and alternative therapies that may include acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, massage, yoga and tai chi, herbal and dietary supplements, biofeedback and – if the condition qualifies – medical marijuana. Most importantly, holistic medicine encourages each patient to take an active role in their own health and healing but being proactive in their health and well being.
A Variety of Uses
In conjunction with more traditional therapies, holistic medicine has been used to treat a variety of conditions – from cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder to glaucoma, Parkinson’s Disease and fibromyalgia. In many cases, medical marijuana has been incorporated into a holistic health plan to manage pain, sometimes proving so effective that pain medications are no longer prescribed.
Many parents who are reluctant to medicate their child for behavioral or psychological conditions increasingly are turning to holistic medicine; treatments may include changes in diet and activities, as well as incorporating therapy and meditation. For children who require medication for a medical condition or disease, holistic treatments can prove effective in countering the side-effects of medication.
Integrative Medical Clinic in Dayton, Fairborn, Ohio
In recent years, medical practitioners in states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana – Ohio included – have found holistic medicine to be a great complement to both traditional medical treatment as well as integrative care. At InteCare Medical Clinic, Dr. David Zainey performs comprehensive consultations to develop holistic, results-oriented treatment plans that help his patients gain control of their health and better manage their conditions. Besides integrative and holistic care, Dr. Zainey is certified by the state of Ohio to perform evaluations and make recommendations for prescribing medical marijuana. 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.