So often in my practice I see individuals who feel they have tried everything and have begun to lose hope of getting well. In really listening to the individual and having insight into where they are coming from, I am able to piece together aspects that may have been missing in terms of the onset and maintenance of their disease. In this process, new avenues of expression and treatment are found. As a result of a multi-factorial treatment approach, which embraces to understand the emotional, psychological, and physical realities that the person is experiencing, changes and shifts toward health is achieved.
Health as Partnership
The holistic approach to health care encourages the individual to become empowered and participate in their healing process. In cases of chronic disease, many individuals are unaware of appropriate changes that should be made that can alter the course of the disease. The main reason for this is that the conventional medical programme offered in South Africa currently is not integrative and does not address lifestyle, complementary and alternative medicine, or nutrition at all. As such, many practitioners of conventional medicine are largely unaware of the benefit CAM offers, unless they have individually and actively furthered their knowledge in this regard.
In cases of chronic illness, it is possible to work alongside conventional medication if those medicines are necessary. In many cases, the medications causing side effects and other problems can be weaned out of the individuals treatment process and replaced with equally effective natural alternatives. Of course, in some cases the individual needs to remain on their conventional medication and use natural medicines as a complementary means to improving their overall health status. These possibilities are assessed more thoroughly in the consultation process.