Holistic health care is a view to health that takes into account all aspects of the individual’s lifestyle as well as the current health condition. Natural medicine when applied by a qualified practitioner is an effective treatment option for both acute illnesses and chronic diseases.
Integrated medicine strives to treat the cause of an illness and not just treat the symptoms. It is the best of both worlds, incorporating science and diagnostics to ascertain health problems and then using the best of nature, tested and trialed for treatment thereof.
As such, the focus is multi-factorial and addresses lifestyle factors, diet, and current medications. Natural medicines can be used as a first line therapy or as a complementary medicine depending on the condition and the person. In many cases researched alternative medicines can be used to treat the condition in place of pharmaceuticals, and in other cases they can be used alongside each other yielding the best results for you, the patient. Many people are suffering more from side effects of the medications they are taking than the original illness/condition itself! These are the typical types of problems that can be rectified and addressed through a thorough analysis of the situation.
In South Africa consultations and medicines are reimbursed by medical aid.