Holistic health is the approach to health care which includes in one prescription all the parts of a patient’s self, the physical, emotional, mental (or intellectual), sexual, and spiritual parts. Holistic helath indicates wholeness. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that operates on the holistic model, along a mind-body-spirit continuum. Western medicine, on the other hand, does not.
Dr. Feingold is a holistic health practitioner. She combines all facets of her patients into one over-arching prescription using homeopathic remedies, herbal medicines, and nutritional therapies.
For example, take a 54-year-old women suffering from asthma, vaginal dryness, obesity, and arthritic pains in her knees. She does not need to go to four different doctors and end up taking at least four different, powerful, prescription pharmaceuticals, with no one knowing or caring what the others prescribed for her. She should go to her primary care physician to have some general blood and imaging tests performed to rule out such diseases as hypothyroidism, tumors, and allergies. Then, if she were Dr. Feingold’s patient, she would undergo an extensive homeopathic interview, lasting at least 90 minutes. This interview, with questions about her physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and sexual health, would give Dr. Feingold most of the information she needs to be able to formulate a treatment plan. Dr Feingold also uses information from the physical examination and blood and imaging test results. Dr. Feingold creates an individualized prescription, unique to this particular patient, including homeopathic remedies, herbal medicines, and nutritional therapies. Putting all this information together into one plan for each patient is a key component of the holistic approach to health care.
[Excerpted from Dr. Feingold’s book, The Complete Self-Care Guide to Homeopathy, Herbal Remedies and Nutritional Supplements.]