Well, holistic was a catch-all phrase because people didn't know what to say. Holistic was just a doctor that was doing something different. Maybe the doctor was using herbs, perhaps the doctor was recommending some nutritional therapies, but what's happened, then that begun to unfold. Then you have complementary and alternative medicine. Meaning it was gaining some more respect and people saw it was complementing. They will use essential oils with people doing chemotherapy, but they would use some other therapies with it. That was complementary and alternative. What was complimentary, too, was mainstream medicine.
What is holistic integrative medicine?
Then you have integrative medicine. In integrative medicine, allopathic or mainstream medicine doesn't necessarily have to be the big dome. Meaning that if you're integrating something, you might rely more on nutrition, you might depend on herbal medicine, you might rely more on homeopathy or other disciplines because when you combine these things, you find that these other disciplines can play a stronger role in helping the person to regain health. That's different.
Then functional medicine-- What's happened now, everybody realizes if you get sick, you're in trouble. You don't want to end up in someone's ER. Now, we have the ideal functional medicine where functional and preventive go together. We're looking at problems and saying how this a dysfunction in the body in terms of what is supposed to do. There might be problems with the body ecology. There might be problems with your leaky gut, in your intestines. There might be problems with the flow of energy in your body, but it's a functional system. There are different ways to measure that.
There are so many different kinds of testing that came up to look at detox pathways. To look at the quality of your sputum to see how much it had changed in terms of saline morphology and stuff. In functional medicine, you get to try and engage the body's function in real time as opposed to just taking a snapshot with any one test. You can do assessments to look at the neuro-transmitted balance, things like that.
Holistic Integrative Medicine Santa Monica CA - Kamau Kokayi, MD
Learn more about holistic integrative medicine and Dr. Kamau Kokayi by visiting the holistic medical services page https://www.healinghealthservices.com/medical-services/ on the practice website. Patients who are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kokayi should call the office during business hours at (310) 499-2195.