With many forms of treatment available, individuals have the autonomy to select treatment options that align best with their needs, wants, and values. While there are many medicinal treatment methods offered, holistic treatment is another form of treatment that focuses on not only the malady, but all factors that could impact a person’s well-being. According to the American Holistic Health Association in their article titled, “Principles of Holistic Medicine,” holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Holistic methods involve analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle elements. It can be used in several contexts; practitioner settings, psychotherapy and rehabilitation are just a few settings that holistic medicine may be used.
WebMD has identified several core principles of holistic medicine practice:
- All people have innate healing powers
- The patient is a person, not a disease
- Healing is a team approach, involving the patient and doctor, and addresses all aspects of a person’s life using a variety of health care practices
- Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms
While holistic practices may use non-conventional modes of healing, that does not mean that traditional medicine is not used. Rather, practitioners may provide medication but will also aim to explore deeper into the issue to determine what else is out of balance for someone. Some alternative forms of treatment that may be discussed or implemented are: nutrition, exercise, homeopathy, prayer, acupuncture and meditation. Holistic treatment examines the patient’s emotional, spiritual, and environmental factors that may be causing them issues. This form of treatment focuses on the person, and the practitioner may then suggest other remedies such as acupuncture to help relieve stress symptoms.
Each person should determine which form of treatment works best for them. However, if you are looking for an approach that is guided by all aspects of life and seeking treatment in the form of both medicine and mind, body, and spirit this form of treatment could be very beneficial to you. Holistic medicine is to keep an open mind and to have the perspective that all aspects of being flow into one another, affecting our mental, emotional, and physical health.
Treatment for mental health and substance abuse needs to focus on healing the mind, the body, and the spirit. New Vista Behavioral Health, a family of treatment providers, provides holistic treatment as well as exceptional certified clinical care. We hold our facilities to higher standards, providing you and your family with better outcomes. Start your journey to recovery today by calling us for more information: 888-316-3665