Holistic Health Care: What Is It And Who Provides It?

You may be starting to hear the term holistic health care more often as it grows in popularity. While it is growing, it may not be offered in all of the hospitals and clinics in your area. Holistic health care is controversial to some as it is not always believed to be "real medicine."

What Is Holistic Health Care?

Holistic health uses ancient healing traditions to treat, heal, and prevent disease. Holistic health care includes more than just your body or mind, it also includes treatments for your intellectual, social, and spiritual needs. Holistic health understands that there is more to health care. 

For example, anxiety is a disorder that causes trouble concentrating, nervousness, a sense of panic and doom, etc. But it can also cause a person to feel dizzy, tired, sweaty, and out of breath. This is because, as holistic health care believes, your body as a whole is affected. 

Holistic Health Care Treatments

Holistic health care will sometimes combine modern medical procedures and treatments with holistic procedures and treatments to ensure the best results for their patients. Some of the treatment options you may have heard of before, and others may be new. 

Holistic health uses the following as treatment options:

  • Energy therapy
  • Spiritual counseling 
  • Reiki
  • Herbology
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy

They may also suggest exercise or diet changes as these can play a significant role in your overall health. 

Benefits of Holistic Health Care

Holistic health care can prevent a variety of diseases.

Other benefits of holistic health care can include: 

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Decrease in depression symptoms
  • Improved natural healing abilities
  • Improved spiritual wellbeing
  • More personalized care plans

Because holistic health care considers every aspect of the body during treatment, it allows a more personal care plan to be curated to your exact needs. 

Who Can Provide Holistic Health Care?

Just like other health care fields, holistic care can be performed by a doctor, licensed practitioner, or nurse. 

To become a licensed practitioner or doctor, you need to attend and graduate medical school in one of the following areas:

  • Holistic Nutrition
  • Natural Health
  • Natural Health Studies
  • Naturopathic Medicine

A holistic doctor will be able to provide the most advanced treatments as they will have the most education and training. Holistic practitioners are restricted to certain practices depending on their degrees and education level. A holistic nurse would be similar to a nurse in any other medical field. 

For more information on holistic health, contact a professional near you.