Holistic Health. Integrative Medicine. Integrative Health. These are just a few of the words that are used to name a new type of medicine or approach to health care. But what is it and what does it really mean? The future of health care and medicine lies in the integrated practice. Lately, all I have been doing is writing more about the politics of health and health care, rather than actual remedies. The reason is that besides being passionate about natural health, I am also very much in favor of a true medical integrated approach to health care.
There are many integrative health centers of wellness centers out there, but how many of them are truly “holistic?” Holistic is not just alternative medicine or natural healing; holistic health is all forms of medicine, eastern and western, and includes healing of the mind, body, and spirit, and not just one of them. Only working with the body is not holistic, just like only working with the spiritual Being is also not considered to be holistic. Holistic really does mean whole and not only one part or another.
When you walk into an “integrative medical center,” it is important to recognize what they actually do. There are some integrative centers that treat only according to western medicine and might incorporate a little bit of Ayurveda for example. Also, let me ask you this. What really is a “wellness” center? Again, a wellness center has a huge variety of services from meditations, to spa treatments, to classes, massages, yoga, and the list continues.
Holistic Health is often misunderstood to be only complementary and alternative forms of medicine. But really, it Holistic Health encompasses all healing modalities, whether its an eastern of western approach. True holistic healthcare means that the health of the mind, body, and spirit are taken into account. Holistic health treats not just the individual’s disease, but all the person, the state of mind, the spirit, and also takes into account the environment of the individual as well. That is where the future of health care is headed towards. It is heading towards holistic healthcare and not just one form of medicine over another. An ideal health care system will include all forms of healing and one form will not be falsely stated as being better than another form of medicine. As all forms of medicine has its own benefits and works in its own way. The integration of medicine into one holistic healthcare model is what is needed and that is where we are headed.
Health and happiness,