Holistic medicine has been practiced for centuries. But despite the fact that these “alternative therapies” succeeded at treating illness and keeping people alive for all of those years before the rise of modern medicine, a lot of people continue to have doubts about how effective they can be.
The source of much of this doubt is likely just a lack of understanding of what holistic medicine really entails. So, let’s clear up some of the most common misconceptions people have about the practice!
Misconception #1: Holistic medicine is not based in science.
Diagnosis and treatment in holistic medicine is guided by scientific knowledge about how our bodies function. Holistic doctors go beyond the scientific analysis of symptoms and further analyze your diet, lifestyle, mental health, and overall physical condition. In fact, many holistic practitioners often combine traditional “science-based” Western medications and treatments with alternative therapies.
Misconception #2: Holistic doctors don’t go through professional training.
Just like M.D.’s and other medical specialists, holistic doctors need to complete extensive education and training before they are allowed to practice. Different branches of holistic medicine have different requirements. The most common—osteopathic, integrative, and naturopathic doctors—must have a bachelor’s degree, attend medical school, and take an exam to become licensed. Osteopathic doctors can prescribe medicine and perform surgery just like a conventional medical doctor.
Misconception #3: Holistic medicine does not treat disease.
Some people think they’ll visit a holistic doctor and leave with just a handful of herbs and diet recommendations. The truth is, holistic medicine does treat disease, but does not only treat disease. The goal of holistic medicine is to determine the root of physical symptoms and solve the underlying cause. Holistic doctors do, therefore, treat disease and symptoms, but go beyond to treat the whole person.
Misconception #4: Holistic doctors are expensive to see.
The costs of seeing a holistic doctor are similar to those of a conventional doctor or specialist, and likewise vary based on the problem. Holistic medicine actually ends up being the more cost-effective option in many cases. Because holistic doctors treat the underlying issue causing your illness or condition, their focus is on eliminating symptoms completely. This reduces the likelihood of your symptoms reoccurring and the need for additional medical appointments and treatment.
At Dande-Lion Herb Shop, we recognize the power of holistic medicine to heal and improve quality of life for everyone. That’s why we offer alternative medicines and natural health products to assist you on your holistic health and wellness journey.
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