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Empathy can be described as the ability for one person to understand another’s feelings and thoughts. The role of empathy in healthcare is very important; more specifically, it is crucial for doctors to be able to effectively express empathy without compromising their primary objective, which is to diagnose and treat patients. While the science of medicine is primarily based on the function of the human body, it cannot be ignored that emotional health plays a vital role in a patient’s quality of life. Improving physical health will inevitably improve emotional health. The appropriate way to approach healing is with an understanding of this concept.
According to Holistic Health, "Holistic doctors recognize the value of more traditional medical approaches, but also offers you the chance to combine these with treatment options such as acupressure or acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and supplementation, chiropractic adjustments, dietary changes, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, colon cleansing, oxygen therapies, yoga and massage to name a few" With a holistic perspective on healthcare, Patients with the same diagnosis get different treatment options. This is important for healthcare because patients would be encouraged to choose the best option that matches their lifestyle and take the best action at their own will, towards
So knowing and understanding their advantages and drawbacks are very important to coming to a conclusion on which one better fits your life. One major divergence of both medical processes is their approach to diagnosing their patients. Alternative medicine sees the body in relation to its environment. Any unwanted function, disease, or pain is caused by an imbalance between body and surroundings. The main goal is to focus on helping or healing the body as a whole and focusing on curing or helping a specific part or element of the body.
There are many reasons that people turn to alternative health or complementary health practices. Being able to work with the body as a whole and not concentrating only the disease or illness also to treat the entire body as whole helps to reduce stress which allows for a greater chance of reducing inflammation and improving healing. There are many practices of alternative or complementary health some of which are recognized by traditional doctors and referred to others are not yet seen as real options for health treatment. The main focus of this type of care is about comfort not about the cure, it reduces the side effects of treatments done with traditional medicine also reduces side effects of the disease or illness itself. Alternative and complementary health is non-invasive works to help bring the body back into a state of homeostasis.
Every individual of every race and culture look for the easiest methods to be healthy and if they get sick, they start looking for the alternate ways to regain their health. Holistic health is an alternate approach to acknowledge that health depends on the wellness of the whole body, mind and spirit. In holistic health, a person is the responsible for her own treatment depending on his or her choice and belief. Holistic health would increase the further steps to approach the prevention and healing process of the illness in current health care system and will be effective to provide the better treatment for the patients.
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