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Holistic Medicine: A New Approach to Patient Care

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Holistic Health: A Different Type of Patient Experience

A patient -- let’s call her Sally -- came into my office complaining of fatigue and uncontrolled weight gain was ruining her life. She felt helpless to be able to stop eating her favorite foods.

Sally was a type 2 diabetic who was having trouble focusing at work and noticed that she was yelling more at her family recently. She was having trouble sleeping and was desperate to get her health back. She came to me to help her figure out how to eat better.

The first thing I did was listen to her, I mean really listen to identify how to best help her. She shared that she use to love to exercise but stopped because she was too busy.

So even though Sally came in to talk about food we started her treatment with an exercise plan to help her relieve stress, help lower her blood sugars, help her sleep and give her back a sense of control over her routine. I also recommended a deep breathing exercise and a few foundational supplements for sleep and blood sugar.

Two weeks later Sally felt improved, she was sleeping better, she was more focused at work and she had lost three pounds. She was also more ready to address her food issues because she was seeing success.

Over the next three months we cleaned up her diet and got her blood sugars close to normal. She was happier and more connected to her family. She felt transformed.

How was she successful? I took a holistic approach to help her! We looked at healing all the areas of her life not just changing her diet. She saw changes in all areas and that motivated her to continue with the program and integrate healthy behaviors into her life.

What is Holistic Health?

According to the American Holistic Medical Association, “Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease by addressing contributing factors.”

Patients are looking for ways to feel better and transform their health.

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EmpowHER Guest

I believe that the principle of treating the whole of a person rather than just focusing on the medical problem must be adapted by every health care professional. This mindset will improve our strategies on health promotion.

February 13, 2014 - 9:39pm
EmpowHER Guest

excellent article !!!

July 11, 2013 - 4:39am
EmpowHER Guest

Interesting. A few members of my family do have this. I think I can apply this stuff.

July 10, 2013 - 1:15pm
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