When describing what I do, I explain I practice holistic medicine. Quite often, the response I receive is one of surprise and curiosity about what the term 'holistic' means and what 'holistic medicine' entails.
Simply, holistic is whole. More complicated, it is the comprehension of the intimately interconnected parts of something further understood only by reference to the whole. As approach in health, rather than solely focusing on the physical symptoms of a disease, holistic medicine takes into account the whole person, incorporating the multi-faceted aspects of the life and world in which they live. An holistic approach is what I consider to be "good medicine."
In addition to learning about physical symptoms, a priority in holistic medicine is learning who the patient is. The following are some brief examples of this process.
Understanding these areas of your unique life helps us determine what is best for your specific health and healing.
Susan M. Scharf, M.D.