According to WebMD, the definition of holistic medicine is “a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotion — in the quest for optimal health and wellness.” This is not a traditional form of medicine, and not one that is widely talked about. I am passionate about this form of medicine because it not only focuses on a set of symptoms, but a person as a whole. It is also said that if one part of the body is not well, all other parts are affected and will have imbalance in life.
Physical symptoms are not the only type of symptoms out there. Physical diseases are not the only types of diseases that can occur. The human body is so much more than the physical aspect – there are more parts that need to be focused on in order to evaluate a patients’ well-being. Holistic medicine focuses on the whole person, treating each part of the body. I’m interested in this field of medicine because I truly believe that the human body is not just a set of symptoms to be diagnosed and treated; sometimes it is more than that that needs to be looked at and evaluated.
Holistic medicine is a very nontraditional approach to medicine. However, that does not mean that it is invalid. There are several types of approaches to holistic medicine that can be proven effective. It’s our job as future physicians to gain knowledge on all forms of medicine, in case we receive a patient who inquires about it.