A Better Health Care System for This Country: Combining Holistic with Traditional Medicine

There are really two types of medical treatment in the United States: Allopathic and Holistic. Allopathic is the kind of treatment that most of us are familiar with. You go to an MD and he performs an examination and then issues a diagnosis. Then an insurance code is issued and a prescription is written. Then everyone involve hopes you get better.

The other method involves not only a complete evaluation of the physical symptoms but also the lifestyle, diet, exercise, and balances of various compounds in the body. This is called Holistic medicine. It takes into account the whole person. There are many different types of Holistic medicine and treatments, but they are all grouped under this general heading.

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According to healthy planet Magazine, the goal of most holistic medicine is to find out which body systems are unbalanced. Bringing these systems back into balance can restore complete body health. All of the systems in the body are linked, even some that you would think are not. A perfect example of this is the connection between dental health and heart health. Modern day science is just starting to recognize this, but the ancient Chines knew about it thousands of years ago.

According to one holistic health care practitioner “I prefer to know what kind of patient has the disease instead of what disease does the patient have.” This implies that your unique genes interacting with your unique environment is what waylaid you from a state of health to illness.

A lot of people think that a combined allopathic and Holistic health care system would be more effective at treating disease that just one or the other. The problem is that most of the insurance companies won’t pay for holistic treatments. And holistic treatments can be very expensive, especially for the ones that don’t work very well. A combination of Chinese herbs used to treat diabetes is $40 a month. Not very much in terms of some of today’s prescription drugs, but pretty expensive if none of the prescription plans pay for it.

By combining these two systems we could come up with an effective, less expensive method of treating disease in this country. In India, for example, they use a holistic Ayurvedic system of medicine. In many villages, the doctor is only paid when the patient is well, not sick. What an incentive for both doctors and patients.

And if everyone in the country, doctors and patients are focused on being well, then think of all the money we would save.