15 Questions a Holistic Practitioner Should Be Asking You

holistic |hōˈlistik|
adjectivechiefly Philosophy
characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
• Medicine characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.

Many alternative healthcare practitioners today call themselves holistic. It is sometimes an interesting experience to visit a physician who labels himself holistic but takes your history paying greatest attention to physical factors.

In the spirit of wholism, and in addition to the basic physical/hereditary history a holistic practitioner will collect before treating you, the practitioner might take the following issues into account when treating you.

All these factors have important impacts on your state of health:

  1. Your overall stress levels
  2. Your line of work including number of hours worked in a week
  3. Your family structure; if you're a single parent, for example, many more considerations should come into play
  4. Your diet
  5. Your pursuits of exercise including the assessment of your spinal flexibility and ability to walk long distances, key indicators for vitality and longevity
  6. Your history with and outlook on holistic therapies and remedies
  7. Your income level in order to determine a sliding scale for fees, if warranted
  8. Your mental state
  9. Your emotional state
  10. Your health goals
  11. How much fun and enjoyment you pursue
  12. What habits or addictions, both good and bad, have you developed and which you would like to get rid of
  13. If spirituality or belief in a higher power plays any or a central role in your life

The practitioner can immediately assess these in order to get a quick read of your present level of vitality:

  1. The state and presentation of your skin and countenance which gives immediate
  2. Your physical posture

Even this is a partial list and interestingly, it may be challenging to find a holistic practitioner who will so extensively interview you to acquire an intimate knowledge of who you are as a person and how she or he can best serve you. How wonderful it would be to be treated so thoroughly taking the entire YOU into account!

May you find your ideal holistic healthcare practitioner and enjoy the experience!