6 Things To Know Before Visiting a Holistic Doctor
- Check your insurance to find out what they cover when visiting a holistic doctor
Every insurance company is different when it comes to holistic medicine, but many are now accepting holistic doctors in their claims. Contact your insurance company ahead of time before visiting your local holistic doctor to find out if they will cover some or even all of your visit, treatments, and medicine.
- Find a holistic doctor near you
This may seem simple, but it’s a very fair point. It’s hard enough setting aside time to visit the doctor, so find a holistic doctor near you that won’t take your whole day to get to, so if you are in Spokane, don’t look for a holistic doctor in Seattle. This is also beneficial in the future if you get sick and need to see a doctor quickly.
- Find out if any holistic doctors near you specialize in a specific area of medicine
Some holistic doctors have areas of medicine or treatments they specialize in. If you are looking for a holistic doctor for a specific reason, find out if there is one near you. This is always wise to do for any type of doctor because their experience in that field will be greater if they’ve studied it and helped patients in the past in that specific area of medicine.
- The office probably won’t smell like bleach
Holistic doctors use holistic medicines and techniques, which means it’s safe to assume they will also use natural cleaners. Most holistic doctor’s offices smell clean and natural and don’t have that harsh bleach smell you notice in a traditional doctor’s office.
- Be sure you are open to trying new, alternative techniques and medicines
Please don’t misunderstand this point. Holistic doctors will not make you stand on your head and count to 100. They are medical professionals trained to help patients heal in a more natural, holistic way. But often, instead of giving you pills after hearing your medical history, your holistic doctor may suggest an herbal tea or more exercise. Or a more natural pill than one you would normally take. These are just more natural ways to approach your ailments. And don’t be surprised by this: after all, if your conventional pills were working, you wouldn’t be in the holistic doctor’s office, now would you?
- Holistic doctors treat you as a whole person, not just a patient
Holistic means characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease. Your holistic doctor will work to treat you as a whole person, not just the symptoms you recognize. You are more than just the symptoms you have: you are a whole person with emotions, feelings, life experiences, and so much more. Sometimes a patient’s symptoms can be directly related to an event, emotion, or their surroundings, so allow your holistic doctor the benefit to treat more than just your symptoms. You might be surprised by the results.