Modern Medicine to Holistic Medicine

We commonly think of a journey as the movement from one place to another. A journey can also be viewed as a process of change and development. Making a transition from modern medicine to holistic medicine is a journey. This transitional journey enables you to take charge of your health and wellness rather than trusting a physician to make those choices for you.  

Holistic medicine requires the individual to be involved in making decisions about their health care with the guidance of a medical physician and holistic practitioners. Holistic medicine considers the entire person; meaning it includes the mind, the body, the spirit, and emotions in the healing process. Rather than quickly prescribing medications, a holistic practitioner will look at a person’s overall health which includes environmental factors, emotional issues, physical issues, and spiritual awareness in attempting to identify the root cause of the health concern.  

When all these elements work together in sync with the other, the result is optimal health and wellness.

Therefore, the primary goal of holistic medicine is to maintain a balance in one’s life among all these elements. Balance is important because if one part of the body is not working properly it can impact other areas of the body as well. The imbalance can affect your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. That in turn creates a negative response on overall health. It’s plausible that a condition a person suffers from has been brought on by a lack of activity or an imbalance in one of these areas.  

Modern vs. Holistic Health Care

Let’s look at the difference between modern and holistic modes of health care.

  • Modern medicine is based on the Newtonian view that the body is a machine.
  • Physicians routinely treat the body like it is a machine that requires repairing.
  • When there is a health condition, doctors treat the body with a variety of medicines or surgical techniques.
  • Doctors use techniques such as surgery to cut away bad cellular structures or to bypass or remove blockages. 
  • Bypass heart surgery is an example of where these techniques are used to control blood flow throughout the body (Gerber 2001).   

Holistic practitioners operate under the premise that the patient is responsible for their health and wellness, not the doctor because they understand all people are gifted with healing powers. The patient is viewed as a person; not a disease or an obstacle in the ‘machine’ that needs to be removed. Cooperation between the medical doctor and holistic practitioners that practice activities that include acupuncture, chiropractic care, chakra balancing, vibrational or energy healing, reiki, homeopathy, or massage therapy are necessary.

Holistic medicine is premised on the Einsteinian model of medicine that incorporates the concepts of matter and energy both of which cannot be seen.  According to Einstein “energy and matter are one and the same thing” (Gerber 2001, 65). The Einsteinian view of medicine also includes the concept of spirit (unseen) in the healing process in addition to understanding the body and how it functions (modern medicine).  Einsteinian medicine includes the integration of vibrational medicine in the healing process (Gerber 2001). 

The focus of vibrational medicine techniques relates to the cause of a disease or illness to understand what is required to help eliminate or heal the client. Diseases create significant changes to the electromagnetic field of a living organism. This in turn leads to an imbalance in the body’s system. Vibrational medicine attempts to address illness by manipulating the body’s energy fields rather than altering cells and organs using pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. There are a variety of vibrational healing activities that affect subtle energy patterns in the body to improve functioning and facilitate healing (Gerber 2001).

Vibrational therapies performed by holistic practitioners include but are not limited to:

  • balancing the chakras
  • acupuncture and Chinese philosophy of healing
  • gemstones and crystals
  • meditation and spiritual growth
  • Reiki and healing touch and yoga

The difference between a holistic doctor and a medical doctor, other than the level of education, is that the holistic doctor tries to get to the root cause of your health issue. They will then discuss with you the different therapies that would be beneficial for you and that you are comfortable with undertaking to help address your health concern. There are a variety of holistic practices as mentioned above that you can incorporate into your health care regimen that integrates the spirit, the mind, the body, and emotions. Yoga is a very good example of a holistic activity that integrates all these areas.  Meditation is an example of a simple holistic practice you can do on your own.