What is the holistic model of health?


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The holistic model of health treats the whole person, focusing on the mind, body, emotions and spirit. According to this model of health, a person can achieve optimal health by having the proper balance in life.

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A holistic practitioner believes that all parts of the body are interdependent and if one is not working properly, then the rest do not work properly. Holistic doctors use all treatment options available, even modern medications. The goal of holistic health is not to treat the condition solely with medications, but to find out why it is happening. If a person goes to a holistic doctor with complaints of a headache, the doctor may prescribe a medicine to temporarily ease the pain. But a holistic doctor will then examine all other aspects of that person's life to see if they need to make some changes to keep the headaches from occurring in the first place, according to WebMD.

Some changes a holistic doctor may recommend are changes to diet, sleep habits, exercise, stress and personal problems. Holistic medicine is based on the belief that unconditional love and support is the best medicine. Some forms of treatment that a holistic doctor may recommend are self-care, acupuncture, massage, psychotherapy, spiritual and relationship counselling, chiropractic care, homeopathy and western medications.

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