Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease by addressing contributing factors. Holistic healthcare practitioners strive to meet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition, as love is life’s most powerful healer.
In practice, this means that each person is seen as a unique individual, rather than an example of a particular disease. Disease is understood to be the result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance. Healing, therefore, takes place naturally when these aspects of life are brought into proper balance. The role of the practitioner is as guide, mentor and role model; the patient must do the work – changing lifestyle, beliefs and old habits in order to facilitate healing. All appropriate methods may be used, from herbal remedies, minerals, supplements, and sometimes medications.
Dr. Young is a PhD, not an MD. She is trained primarily in health, rather than disease. She does not diagnose illness, nor does she prescribe. Prior to an appointment with her, you should have a medical diagnosis from a physician. She provides the materials, wellness training, and education necessary to make informed decisions about your health from a complementary and alternative standpoint. She is agreeable to working with your physician to create a customized complementary plan for you.