How To Choose an Holistic Practitioner
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 15, 2009 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Check their Reputation
First of all, you want to look at the different reputations of the holistic practitioners that you are trying to choose from. It is going to be crucial for you to look at reputations, because by far the biggest indication of positivity or negativity that comes from holistic practitioners is going to come from what they have already done. Check with others who have used that practitioner, and see what they have to say. You want to choose someone who is going to be easy for you to get along with, and that others have enjoyed. This is the best way that you have of making sure you are choosing the right one.
Ensure They are Knowledgeable
Secondly, you do want to choose a holistic practitioner that is knowledgeable. There are many different types of medications and treatments that go along with the holistic practice, so you’ll want to focus on understanding what their own knowledge level is, so that you can be sure you have chosen one that will be able to provide you with the treatments and medications that you need. Talk with them about the different things they do and what types of conditions they treat. This will help you maintain a good relationship with them, and will help you figure out what they can and cannot do for you.
Make Sure They Will Work with You
Thirdly, it is important to find a holistic practitioner who is willing to work with you and to work with what you think is important. There are so many different levels to the practice that it is going to be crucial for you to meet those levels at the same place. You will want to find someone who is willing to give you the types of treatments that you want, while listening to you about what is important to you and about what will provide you with the best care. You and a holistic practitioner should make decisions about your health and your care together, so it is crucial for you to make this idea commonplace when you are choosing one. Remember, you will want to talk with them about the relationship that they have with patients, and about what they personally believe, before you begin to work with them.
Trust is Important
Trust and feeing at ease are another important factor when it comes to choosing a holistic practitioner. It is very important for you to feel comfortable and easy with your holistic practitioner. Holistic medicine has a lot to do with going with your feelings and intuitions, so that you can get the best care for your needs. Therefore, you need to make sure that you feel trustful of your practitioner, and that you feel at ease. Working with someone needs to be easy, and it needs to be something that you can see yourself doing on a regular basis. Therefore, when you work with an holistic pracitioner, you need to know that you can ask them questions, and they can give you answers, but also that you will be able to bring up things that regular doctors might not talk about.
Bringing up different topics and talking about them together is going to be one of the tasks that you have when it comes to working with your chosen holistic practitioner. It is very important for you to work as well as you can with your holistic doctor, and you need to make sure that when you do bring something up, you feel at ease discussing it with him. It is going to be vital for you to keep track of the various things you talk to your practitioner about, so that you can continue to have a longstanding relationship with him or her.
By following these few steps, you should be able to find a reputable, holistic practitioner whom you can feel at ease with, in no time at all.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan