When people think of medical treatment, they might imagine prescriptions, surgeries, and IVs. While these are treatments, medicine is starting to move in a more holistic direction. You may have heard this term thrown around the internet, but what does it mean? Holistic medicine recognizes that a person's health is more than just their symptoms. These treatments are beneficial for body, mind, and spirit.
More and more practitioners see the benefit in treating the whole person. For example, if a patient is receiving chemotherapy, they may be undergoing great mental and social distress. Supplementing it with support groups and therapy will ensure that the patient is receiving a balanced treatment. Supplemental treatments can also be things like acupuncture, Reiki, and aromatherapy. Some people find traditional medicine more effective when supplemented with other types of care.