Conventional vs holistic approach to patient diagnosis
Has it ever occurred to you, how does a medical practitioner analyse you at the time of a consultation. As a patient the basic aim of a visit to the doctor’s clinic, is to seek curative care and receive treatment. But how is the ailment really recognised and how is the treatment determined.
We will try to understand the concept of consultation analysis by two approaches, one is the conventional way with a visit to an allopathy doctor and other one to a holistic healer, who approaches the problem by alternate therapies like Ayurveda, yoga, homeopathy, reiki, acupuncture.
Allopathy defines health as the absence of disease. The allopathic approach focuses on the symptoms and signs presented, and treats the possibilities of what might be or turn into a chronic condition. The science believes that all health problems are caused by either bacteria or viruses or biochemical imbalances. The cure is usually prescribed drugs, radiation or corrective surgeries.
Let’s consider the example of a person experiencing headache. A typical visit to a clinic will mean, checking for vitals, some Questions and Answers, and ending up with prescribed pain killer medicines. Upon recurring headache, the person will then be ‘followed up’ with some tests ruling out major illnesses and sent back with stronger pain killers. If the problem seems to persists then the person is directed either to a neuro physician or a hospital for specialized approach.
The basic difference between the two is the approach towards the problem. Holistic science works towards prevention of disease, making sure that the body and mind work in harmony. The mental, physical, emotional, spiritual states are very important in the process. Any distress would create an imbalance in the body, resulting in ailments of the body. While the allopathic approach directs towards the problem in one dimension, holistic approach looks at the problem in multi dimensions. Psychological, physical or emotional aspects are all considered in restoring the body to wellness.
Let’s again consider the example of the same person with headache complaint visiting a healer to resolve the problem. A healer would first speak to the person in detail inquiring the various situations, causes, reasons under which the problem occurred. The aim of a healer in this case would be to ease the pain of the person and analysing the deeper reason for the pain which may be emotional instead of a brain related problem.
General medicine has become part of our daily lives, there seems to be the little pill to solve all our problems. Be it beating cold, or a flu, controlling sugar, or your thyroid or something else. The list is endless. It is a boon for its effectiveness when you are short of time, for instances like blood loss, or broken bone or grievous injuries. Holistic medicine considers that your body is your best guard against illnesses and diseases. It is time consuming when compared to the conventional method, but the results it yields is almost miraculous.
The only person who can take a call about a method to choose is you. Educate yourself well, analyse and then chose the therapy that will help you reach good health.
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