You have been hearing that your coworkers are using this newly established holistic doctor in the area. Sure, they say this doctor is great, but you are not certain. You have some reservations, but many of your concerns may be rooted in false information. The following are five common false assumptions put forth about holistic health.
Holistic Approaches Do Not Work
A lot of mainstream medical professionals like to insist that holistic medical approaches do not work. Yet, if that were true, you would think all holistic doctors would have been put out of business long ago. The simple fact is that holistic health seeks to deal with the root cause of the health problems people suffer with, not to simply throw drugs at symptoms with both fingers crossed in hopes that something will fix the problem; which is often the way things work in the mainstream medical approach. But, honestly speaking, would you expect competitors from mainstream medicine to speak positively about alternative medicine practitioners who are grabbing a portion of the market?
Holistic Medicine is Intended for New Agers
In the past, it was common for people engaged in New Age philosophy to gravitate towards natural alternative medical approaches to healing. Today, with the growing distrust people have for mainstream medicine and doctors, it is more common to find that average people are giving holistic medicine a try. To the bewilderment of mainstream medicine, people are finding that holistic health practices actually improve their health too.
Holistic Healing is Black Magic
Since certain practices used in holistic medicine are derived from ancient approaches to addressing poor health conditions, these practices are often accused of being some type of black magic. The simple reality is that there are many ancient health restorative practices that have stood the test of time over the centuries. When these approaches work, this is not black magic. This is actually called proof of concept.
Holistic Health Approaches are not Rooted in Science
Another common myth that has been employed to tarnish the name of holistic health is this false notion that all holistic practices are unscientific. As it turns out, many modern holistic practices are supported by peer-reviewed science, and they often prove to help patients more long-term than many mainstream medical approaches. Of course, patients can actually research the science behind any medical approach to determine for themselves how much science is actually involved.
Holistic Medicine is More Limited in its Understanding of the Body
It is commonly suggested that a holistic doctor is less aware of how their treatments affect the body than a mainstream allopathic doctor. Holism treats the whole person. This means that a holistic doctor will typically have a better grasp on how body systems interact with one another when prescribing a treatment option than a mainstream allopathic doctor. This is because allopathic doctors tend to specialize in one area of how the body functions. They are not often as aware of how their treatment options will affect other body systems by default of their medical approach being so narrow in scope.
Holistic health has often been downplayed by mainstream medical professionals. Yet, despite this bad publicity, holistic approaches are becoming more popular, not less. In fact, the situation has reached a point where critics of holistic medicine have lost significant credibility in the eyes of those who have experienced significant positive improvements to their health at the hands of holistic doctors.
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