Holistic Medicine, once considered “new age,” “out there” or even “anything goes,” has more recently become a go-to term and method for health practitioners everywhere. In fact, according to a 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 38 percent of U.S. adults and 12 percent of children have used some form of complementary and alternative medicine (also known as CAM). Holistic or Alternative Medicine is a term used to describe therapies that treat the patient as a whole person – mind (information), body (physical), spirit (emotional), and energy. That is, instead of treating an illness or symptom, holistic medicine looks at an individual's overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being before recommending treatment. Types of treatment may include acupuncture, massage, meditation, homeopathy, herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, facial rejuvenation, moxibustion, and more.
At the Integrated Holistic Medicine (IHM) clinic in Boca Raton, Florida, practitioners Carlos Restrepo and Su Sandy Aung utilize a range of treatments and services in their effort to help their patients build a more complete and healthy being. IHM focuses on all four layers of the human being, or what he refers to as the “hierarchy pyramid.” Through mindfulness and meditation, IHM helps patients focus on their individual sprit; through sintergetica homeopathy, bach essence, chakra balancing, music therapy and astrology, we help them focus on the information portion of the body; through acupuncture, moxibustion, auriculotherapy, micro-current, and electro-meridian imaging, we help improve their energy; and through massage, Tui Na, cupping, food and herb management, we treat the body and/or physical condition. Finally, Qigong, the practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation, which is also offered at the clinic, can treat all four levels of the pyramid.