Holistic Alternative Medicine

Holistic medicine is defined by the Canadian Holistic Medical Association as follows:

A system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved, leading towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health. It emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values. It encompasses all stated modalities of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. Holistic medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and well being.

Dr. Manso has been practicing holistic alternative medicine since the early 1980’s. Instead of treating symptoms, he finds the root of the problem and treats with natural remedies whenever possible. As a licensed MD, he occasionally uses prescription medicines, but he prefers, and mainly utilizes, herbs, vitamins, minerals, nutrition and life style changes to facilitate the body’s own inherent healing. He considers and treats the whole person, mind, body, and spirit.

The term “Alternative Medicine” is often used by the general public and some healthcare practitioners to refer to medical techniques which are not known or accepted by the majority “conventional” or “allopathic” medical practitioners (usually MD’s). Such techniques could include noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques such as Medical Herbalism, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Reiki, and many others. However, the term Alternative Medicine can also refer to any experimental drug or non-drug technique that is not currently accepted by “conventional” medical practitioners. As noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques become popular and accepted by large number of “conventional” practitioners, these techniques will no longer be considered Alternative Medicine. Even the definition of “conventional practitioners” is quickly changing. Therefore, the definition of Alternative Medicine will be change considerably of the next several years. The term Alternative Medicine is usually associated with specific techniques used to help a patient heal and not usually associated to adjusting nutrition and lifestyle habits. The terms Holistic Healing and Holistic Medicine are much more stable and all-encompassing and are therefore preferable.

The term “Complementary Medicine” is often used by “conventional” medical practitioners to refer to noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques used as a complement to “conventional” medical treatments such as drugs and surgery. The term implies that “conventional” medicine is used as a primary tool and the noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques are used as a supplement when needed. In many cases, properly chosen noninvasive and non-pharmaceutical healing techniques plus properly chosen lifestyle changes can completely and safely heal both acute and chronic illnesses. In other cases, “conventional” medicine is only needed in emergencies or when the safer noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical methods fail. In some cases “conventional” medicine will be a major part of a Holistic Healing Plan, but in some cases it is not needed at all.

Integrative Medicine seeks to combine the best of both conventional and complementary medicine to address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness. Integrative Medicine physicians are medical doctors who are trained in both conventional and alternative therapies who value the principles of integrative medicine and will professionally guide patients through the various health care systems and treatment options.

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