Our country has gone through a number of changes during the past decade. While most of these changes have been of a political nature, another kind of change is also taking place. This is in the field of healthcare in South Africa.
Complimentary medicine is steadily gaining more acceptance within the medical framework of our country. Consultations and medication from complimentary healthcare practitioners are now recognized by most major medical aids. Much restructuring within the government councils (such as the Medical Control Council and the Allied Health Professions Council) have, and still are, taking place to accommodate all complimentary medical therapies. This is largely as a result of the greater number of people turning to Complimentary medicine for treatment.
While the holistic approach is certainly more common to complimentary therapies, the scope of holistic medicine itself cannot be limited to that of complimentary medicine. Any therapy can in fact be holistic. The deciding factor is the practitioner's approach to the patient.
Holism is opposed to the reductionist view that aims to localize a condition to a particular part of the body. The point of holism is that the whole person is considered, their physical condition as well as their unique inner experience.
Principles of Holistic Medicine
Holistic medicine considers the whole person. It appreciates patients as emotional, social, spiritual, as well as physical beings. Holistic medicine focuses on the complex interplay between the various aspects mentioned above, and the role it plays in their state of health. The holistic approach addresses itself to the uniqueness of each individual and the importance of tailoring treatment to suit each individuals needs.
Courtesy of THE INFORMED CHOICE.
AUTHOR: Estie Mattheus.