Holistic Health

submitted by Emily Shrader and Corie Kovach MD, FACOG

Have you ever been in a traditional medical setting and felt that you were not being considered as a whole person? Have you felt that your mental and spiritual needs were not being considered as part of your treatment?

When considering treatment options and alternative therapies for your health and well-being, taking a more holistic approach may be the direction that is right for you. Holistic practices use more natural treatments that rely on self-accountability. A holistic approach allows for patients to feel comfortable and more aware of what to expect. Holistic medicine is an approach to health and healing that takes the whole person into consideration. A person's mind and spirit are treated as important to health as the body. Giving mind, body and spirit equal attention helps to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal itself and ultimately improves one's overall health. Holistic medicine has been around for over 4,000 years--much longer than traditional Western medicine.

Just like traditional medicine, holistic medicine tries to prevent and treat diseases and ailments and improve a patient's general health and well-being. The treatments and techniques used, help to boost the body's natural healing abilities. Encouraging and empowering the patient to take responsibility of their own health is another important factor of holistic medicine.

A holistic practitioner will take into consideration the following elements when treating a patient:

Your physical health

Your nutritional habits

The environment you live in

Your emotional health

Your spiritual health

Your lifestyle

Holistic providers offer safe, natural and effective medical treatment options that include recommendations for lifestyle changes and self-care, and alternatives to conventional medicine and procedures when possible. These options include herbal medicine and acupuncture. They work hard to treat the underlying causes of a disease, rather than just the symptoms. Holistic physicians work with their patients and try to get to know them and understand them as a whole person--not just a disease process.

Prevention is the primary goal, along with tapping into someone’s own healing abilities. Holistic providers believe that illness is a symptom of something wrong within the whole person, not just an isolated event.

Doctors Corie Kovach and Anne Dorobek believe in the power of holistic medicine. At Ohio Holistic Healthcare, LLC located at 570 North Leavitt Rd in Amherst they will treat your mind, body, and spirit with the help of herbal medicines, and acupuncture.