Frequently Asked Questions
What does "holistic" mean?
Great question! Here at Akasha Center, we use the more literal meaning. The word holistic derives from the Ancient Greek word ολοσ (holos), which means entire or whole. As conventional medicine becomes more specialized (with different departments of the hospital treating different parts of the body!), it has lost its ability to view patients as whole people. After all, people aren't just a bunch of body parts and organs, right? In actuality, our health and wellness is dependent on multiple factors, including our genes, lifestyle, environment, physical fitness, mental health, spiritual or religious practice, and so on. For this reason, our take on holistic medicine is that we treat the whole person--body, mind, and spirit. (This is what's called a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of healthcare.) We are NOT just alternative medicine. In fact, our clinic and wellness center is integrative, having providers from both conventional medicine and alternative medicine. Additionally, although some of our providers are opposed to vaccination and pharmaceuticals, our primary care unit still offers the full range of conventional medicine (including prescribing medications and giving vaccinations).