Let’s think about the healthcare system here in the US for a minute. Currently it is designed to treat disease with medicine. It does not look for the underlying cause of health issues. It merely addresses the symptoms.
A different way to look at health is holistically. Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. It integrates conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat disease and to promote optimal health.
Holistic medicine encompasses all safe and appropriate modalities of diagnosis and treatment. It includes analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, spiritual, and lifestyle elements. Holistic medicine focuses on patient education and participation in the healing process.
Another more comprehensive approach is Functional medicine. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties.
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Practitioners spend time with patients, track their histories, and look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
So remember, your body is the sum of its parts. It is a highly complicated unit, with all parts working together and supporting one another to ensure optimal health.
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