Contributed by Holistic Health
Everyone has problems, and for some, a quick fix is the preferred solution. Others want something more lasting, a solution that makes sense to them and doesn’t just come in the form of a mysterious white pill in an amber-colored bottle. And for these people, holistic medicine is the answer.
“People are getting sick of getting a pill and not getting better,” said Dr. Stephane Provencher, a chiropractor and the founder of the Gainesville Holistic Health Center at the MarketPlace at Madison Crescent in Gainesville, VA. “People are tired of masking the pain.”
Holistic medicine, as defined by Web MD, is “a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions.” Many of today’s common ailments often have a psychological component, including include back pain, migraines, trouble sleeping, infections and more. Surgery and medication are often prescribed to treat these problems, but relief can be short-lived.
How do you know if holistic medicine is right for you? Ask yourself these questions.
- Is traditional medicine meeting your expectations? Do you submit to endless rounds of x-rays, exams, pills and surgeries that don’t provide much relief? Do your doctors seem at a loss, perhaps even suggesting your symptoms are psychological? If so, you have nothing to lose giving holistic medicine a try. It might be the solution for you.
- Are you willing to put the time and effort in to follow the path to a permanent cure? Traditional Western medicine relies heavily on pharmaceuticals. It’s true that they often provide a quick fix for pain, insomnia, infections and other ailments. But as many people know, this relief can be only temporary. Sleeping pills only work for a few weeks. People quickly build tolerance to pain medication and need more, sometimes becoming addicted. Infections become resistant to antibiotics and stop working. Western society has become accustomed to stopgaps, but they are not always the best solution.
- Do you have a pillbox with dozens of compartments, each filled with tablets of different colors and sizes? Maybe you started out with just a few to treat your ailments. But maybe they caused new problems – nausea, trouble sleeping, trouble staying awake – and now you need something to treat the side effects. Overmedication can be a problem for anyone, but it more often effects senior citizens, who are not used to questioning doctors. “What we observe,” Provencher said, “is that the elderly want pills. They have been trained this way.” But when patients find themselves washing down handfuls of medications several times a day, many with serious side effects, they tell themselves there must be a better way, he said.
- Are you worried your insurance will not pay if you go to a holistic practitioner? Currently, many insurance plans will cover visits for chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and hypnosis. According to holisticmedicine.org, PPO and POS plans often reimburse for part of a doctor’s visit as well, but HMOs generally don’t. Other holistic services, including reiki, acupuncture, Qi-Gong, chakras clearing, and aromatherapy are generally not covered. Ask your practitioner ahead of time what the costs will be and then you can decide what works best with your budget. Consider, however, the cost to your health if insurance pays for a solution that doesn’t work for you. Provencher says 90 percent of complaints from patients can be traced to an emotional event or situation. These patients are treated quickly and easily with an emotional clearing. “It’s costing me money,” he joked, because most patients do not need ongoing medical or chiropractic treatment. “We coach,” he said. “We coach the person to empower their own health.”
Gainesville Holistic Health provides a wide variety of therapies and services to treat pain, illnesses and ailments. GHH, at 8006 Crescent Park Drive, Gainesville, VA, (571) 248-0695, is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment only. Learn more about them by visiting www.drstephane.com or by email at [email protected]
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