The aim of a holistic health (HH) counselor is to focus on the body and mind, the emotional and spiritual wellness of a patient, and not so much on the disease itself. “Holistic” is derived from the Greek word “holos” which accurately means “whole”. The difference between what a holistic health practitioner and a traditional health practitioner does is easy to explain. Traditional health practitioners focus on treating the symptoms of a disease, whereas a holistic health counselor focuses on prevention, and getting to the root of the illness. The traditional doctor treats sections of the body, whereas the holistic doctor treats the person as a whole, as with nutrition, and treating mental and emotional health.
A HH counselor uses non-invasive healing methods that help the patient reach a state of balance and wellness. The holistic health doctor will use no drugs, or traditional medicine, but will seek alternative and natural methods of treatment instead. Some of the many methods of treatment that a HH care professional may use are natural treatments such as acupuncture, homeopathy, energy medicine, meditation, sauna therapy, Chinese herbal medicine and many other effective natural treatments. A holistic doctor may use other methods like ancient wisdom principles, the power of intention, quantum physics, even brain reprogramming to bring you back to optimum health.
A holistic health practitioner understands that every body has an innate capacity and capability to heal itself, given the proper tools and guidance. When holistic medicine is used in conjunction with conventional medicine, it can be a very powerful recipe to wellness and great health. A holistic practitioner uses natural medicine therapy to balance the body, mind, and spirit by integrating methods of treatment taking a holistic approach. Holistic health emphasizes prevention, total body awareness, health maintenance and longevity.
A holistic health counselor becomes much more than just a health consultant to the patient, not only treating symptoms but treating the lifestyle of the patient. They will address problems in the client’s family, job, mental and spiritual health needs. The practitioner sees the client as an integral part of their own healing process and encourages full responsibility in the patient to be an active participant in their own healing process.