Holistic medicine is a treatment philosophy that aims to treat you like a larger whole of interconnected and interdependent parts, rather than just a carrier of symptoms of specific diseases. The team employs a holistic approach to patient care at Ferris Family Health and Wellness Center in Bellaire, Texas, which serves him particularly well if you have a chronic condition. To learn more about how the practice’s holistic treatments can improve your health, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Holism is the philosophy that the whole is greater and more complex than the sum of its parts, and that the parts can’t be understood without taking into account the whole. Holistic medicine is the application of holism to the practice of medical healing, and holds that you must be treated not as just a body with a disease, but as a whole person.
This approach to healing takes into account your mind, body, spirit, and emotions, and treats each of these parts as integrated and inseparable components of your whole person.
Some of the other elements that are considered in a holistic approach to medicine include, but aren’t limited to, your diet, exercise habits, posture, microbiomes, stress, sexual health, climatic factors, rest, toxins, and purposefulness.
Holistic medicine believes that all the components of your life need to be in proper balance with one another, and that a dysfunction in one of those components could lead to a dysfunction in many other components.
Western medicine tends to be reductionist. It emphasizes specialization and encourages practitioners to focus on single elements of the body, frequently to the exclusion of others. The holistic approach to medicine views your body as interconnected, both within itself and with the larger world around it, which is advantageous in the treatment of chronic conditions that have complex underlying frameworks.
Western medicine is also aimed more at reacting to symptoms by alleviating, masking, or simply addressing them. Holistic medicine seeks to fix the underlying causes of conditions, and focuses more on preventive care and strong overall health and vitality.
In a holistic philosophy, good health is not just the absence of disease, but rather sustained wellness, optimized vitality, and balance of the whole person.
Holistic medicine also places more responsibility in your hands as a patient. In holistic practices, the relationship between doctor and patient is seen more as a partnership, with Dr. Oza working with you to understand and help the functioning of your system.
The actual application of holistic medicine can take on a variety of forms, and many holistic medical treatments actually involve Western medicine. Some of the treatments Dr. Oza might prescribe under a holistic approach include:
To learn more about how Dr. Oza’s holistic approach can benefit your health, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.