Who should see a holistic healthcare practitioner (HHP)?
Pretty much everyone. Because of our life style and food choices, our bodies are often depleted and inflamed. How many of us drink coffee or one of these super buzz drinks to wind up in the morning or mid-day only to have a drink or two at night to wind down. Add some ibuprofen to help our aches and pains, some antacids to help our digestion, add an unhealthy dose of stress and many of us are living on the edge. This may be normal but it’s not healthy! An HHP can guide you towards a healthy lifestyle while working to help the body rebalance almost ailment that bothers you.
Do I need to see an HHP if I feel good?
In ancient China, the medicine man got paid for keeping his patients –which often included the king—healthy. Our system of medicine is now one of sickness not wellness and we need to move to a wellness model. So seeing an holistic practitioner when you’re well really makes sense in order to stay healthy!
Why can’t my regular physician take care of me?
Certainly your medical trained doctor has a role in your health but they are busy and are often not trained in nutrition or alternative forms of health. They are often extremely busy with heavy caseloads and cannot spend the time you need to take care of you. We, at Providence Health & Healing, take the time to get to know you and recommend or create products specifically for you. Think of it as personalized medicine.
Why do most complementary practitioners not take insurance?
Once any type of practitioner takes insurance, the insurance companies basically dictate what type of treatment you get–that is, they manage your health care– not you, and most holistic healthcare practitioners believe that you should be in charge of your health.
And getting personalized care isn’t really that expensive. Most practitioners charge between $80-$150 per hour. Compare that to your accountant, lawyer, electrician or plumber and you’ll find that taking care of yourself really is affordable and it can often pay off in the long run with lower insurance premiums.
How long will it take?
That really depends on the person, but the rule of thumb is one month for every one year of a chronic problem. Again, this is just a guideline–some heal much quicker, others more slowly.
What if I can’t be helped?
At PHH, we will let you know what we can do for you, and more importantly, what we cannot do. We often refer out if it’s beyond our scope of practice or knowledge. We are here to serve you and we have your best interests in mind.