Holistic approach in medicine is medicine that treats the whole body, providing not only complete healing, but also a better, healthier way of living.
Let's say you have a neighbor who is playing music too loudly. You go and knock on his door to ask him to keep it down.
When he opens the door, instead of listening to you, he gags you so that you can no longer complain.
So has his problem gone away? Maybe temporarily, but you know things are about to get really bad really quickly.
Once you pull that gag off, you'll probably call the police and your neighbor will get arrested. Suddenly things are much, much worse.
So it is with symptoms of illness. They're the body's way of telling us something is out of balance in our system. If we suppress those symptoms, we are merely gagging the body's defense mechanism. In the end, our bodies will respond in a way that is much worse.
Instead, holistic medicine treats the whole person rather than just his symptoms. Holistic medicine recognizes that the human body is made up of not only the body but also the mind and spirit. Have you ever received fantastic news, and suddenly that cold you were suffering didn't seem quite so bad? Or how about the opposite? Have you ever received an emotional shock only to fall ill a few days later?
Our emotions can have a tremendous impact on how our bodies react physically. Likewise, our spiritual condition also impacts the way we feel. Faith in God can bring about a tremendous improvement in our health as well as our emotions.
The fact is, we are complex organisms, not just a bunch of parts connected by limbs. If one part of our body is affected, it will impact our whole bodies. That's why holistic medicine is so effective and so important.
Allopathic medicine focuses on one particular symptom and attacks it. For instance, if you have allergy symptoms, the allopathic approach would be to suppress your body's immune system to stop sneezing.
The problem with this is that sneezing is your body's defense mechanism, ridding your body of harmful toxins. Suppress that sneezing, and the toxins will go down deeper, causing greater harm to your body in the long run.
A holistic approach might be to encourage that sneezing. While it might be uncomfortable for a while, in the end, your body heals from the inside out, and eventually, your allergy symptoms will go away naturally.
Disciplines that use the holistic approach in medicine include homeopathy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and chiropractic medicine to name a few. They also include juicing, vitamin therapy and eating whole foods.
By pursuing a combination of these natural healing techniques, you give your body a chance to truly heal, avoid costly doctor's visits and live longer, bounding with strength and energy.