Holistic health focuses on healing the whole person, not treating a particular ailment, disorder or symptom. It seeks to discover the underlying cause which is throwing the body out of balance. A holistic health care practitioner focuses on supporting the healing systems inherent in the body and mind. Holistic health also incorporates ecological sustainability, such as organic and environmentally friendly agricultural practices and ways of life.
In practice Heather utilizes the healing powers of medicinal plants (in the form of herbs and essential oils), the healing powers of foods and the amazingly resilient mind (with techniques such as creative visualization) to assist individuals in achieving a state of balance. She encourages moving to a place of optimal health and happiness where the person thrives, using educational tools to maintain this balance.
“Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) continues to increase fueled by a number of factors, including increasing research of efficacy, dissatisfaction with allopathic models (particularly for chronic health problems), and an aging population.” ~The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)
Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) recognizes and respects the advancements and success of allopathic (conventional) medicine. It also recognizes the need for alternative options when an individual chooses to opt out of conventional parameters. CAM is a wellness based concept of healthcare, focusing on prevention rather than disease-care.
Heather’s intention is to assist in building the much needed bridge between conventional medicine and CAM – a bridge fully supported so as the client/patient can walk back and forth uninhibited for the purpose of creating optimal wellness. Heather also supports integrating alternative modalities with conventional medicine. Dr. Andrew Weil is the world’s leading proponent of Integrative Medicine:
“Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.” ~Dr. Andrew Weil, obtained from http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02054/Andrew-Weil-Integrative-Medicine.html