Most of us are familiar with going to our Doctor when we don’t feel our best. We call our PCP and book an appointment for an office visit because something hurts. We show up, sign in, see the Doctor for 15 mins and leave with a prescription to pickup at Walgreens. This type of care is considered “Conventional Medicine.” Conventional medicine is a method of treatment where Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists treat symptoms and disease using drugs, radiation or surgery. Synonymous terms include allopathic medicine, mainstream medicine, western medicine and orthodox medicine. This approach can be effective for some people who are looking to stop their symptoms from bothering them. When we “stop” the symptom, we do not stop the disease process from occurring. Cue “Holistic Medicine” now! Holistic means looking at the driving force of the symptom, and treating that driving drive force using enzymes, supplements, herbs, medicinal teas, tincture and nutrition. Holistic medicine thinks of disease as a domino effect. For example, if you hurt your elbow, your Dr. will give you medicine to stop the pain at your elbow; but what about your shoulder and your wrist? Will they have anything to do with your elbow injury? YES! Your elbow “talks” to your shoulder and wrist. It is important to look at a symptom and all the players involved in creating that symptom. The world itself “holistic” sounds like “whole” which is an easy way to remember what and how Doctors is this field may treat the body.
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Welcome to all things health! My name is Dr. Elyse Tursi and my mission for creating this blog is to help educate, inspire and serve as your go to guide as you navigate your health using integrative therapies. My last few years have been spent working with patients who are seeking care regarding metabolic disease, hormone imbalance, inability to lose weight, chronic fatigue syndrome, immune system dysfunction and gastrointestinal disorders. An important part of helping people feel better is to understand that you can't have success treating symptoms. Symptoms are only small indicators that something within the body is no longer balanced and masking symptoms with pharmaceuticals will absolutely remove the symptom, temporarily! View all posts by DrTursi