Holistic medicine is still something of an unknown field to most people. While some have not heard of it at all, others are under the misconception that it's all New Age quackery in which any feel-good idea is embraced with little science behind it.

Holistic medicine is not new age at all-- it's actually quite old, embodying the wisdom of the ages before we let technological advancements began to distract us. And it's not some kind of hokey, questionable, alternative healing technique-- holistic doctors are actual MDs. There are a lot of benefits to a holistic doctor that you may never even have realized.

What Do Holistic Doctors Do?

As stated, holistic doctors have earned the title as much as any guy in a white coat in a hospital you've ever seen. They go to regular medical schools and go through the same procedures to be licensed.
The difference is, holistic doctors practice integrated medicine.

In short, they treat you as a whole person, not just one body part, not just an isolated symptom, and not as though you were merely physical organisms.

They don't just focus on the body; they focus on your physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual health. They are willing to pursue both modern western procedures, as well as consider alternative or complementary approaches.

In short, they treat you as a whole person, not just one body part, not just an isolated symptom, and not as though you were merely physical organisms.

What is a Holistic Doctor Like?

Holistic doctors are much like other doctors in that they'll give you a conventional examination, go through the usual questions and history and give you a lot of the standard tests. The difference is, they don't stop there.

While regular doctors just want to know if you have a history of diabetes or high blood pressure in your family, a holistic doctor might also want to know if you meditate, go to church or practice yoga.

When you suffer from chronic pain, regular doctors may follow the standard procedure of prescribing pain medication and physical therapy. Holistic doctors will usually offer these options, and additional options that other doctors would omit: acupuncture, chiropractors, homeopathy or aromatherapy, for example.

Holistic doctors are not quick to push chemicals or invasive treatments. They're more thorough in their search for the cause of the symptoms, rather than in a rush to ease the symptoms. Holistic doctors take patients as individuals, and will treat each patient accordingly, rather than just see them as a set of symptoms and risks that warrant a standard prescription.

One of the things most patients will praise about holistic doctors is that they seem to really listen to you— they don’t dismiss complaints that may seem odd or out of place. They don’t discount things that other doctors may think is insignificant. They’re more open to your own feelings about the treatments that they offer and they’ll work with you, rather than be domineering and tell you that you need to listen to them.

Finding a Holistic Doctor

Holistic doctors are not as easy to come by as regular doctors; you should always look for a recommendation from others. You might start frequenting meditation and yoga centers or health food stores to become acquainted with people and ask around for recommendations.

A lot of holistic doctors advertise in magazines on the topics of health food, naturopathy, alternative medicine and spirituality. The internet is also a wonderful tool for finding doctors in integrated medicine these days—just be sure to look up reviews and see what other people’s experiences have been.