Austin, TX | Holistic & Integrative Dermatology
Everyone wants healthy and radiant skin, but health and environmental factors can cause skin problems. Living with skin issues can be stressful, which is why many patients consult with Dr. Farady.
Traditional dermatologists target the skin issue. A holistic dermatologist focuses on treating the whole person. Without getting to the root of the problem and promoting overall health, a patient is just being treated for the symptom, not the origin of the problem. Traditional methods and medicine aren’t the only way to treat skin conditions. By practicing holistic dermatology, we are medical detectives looking for the underlying problem. Once the root of the problem has been identified, we use a mixture of conventional and alternative (integrative) treatment to boost the health of a patient’s mind and body. A holistic dermatologist develops a step-by-step treatment plan. Here are the typical actions of a holistic dermatologist:
- Record a patient’s diet, personal life and medical history
- Trace a diagnosis to the source, possibly the entire system of the body
- Treatment targets patient education, diet, exercise and herbal remedies
Integrative Dermatology and Medicine
Integrative dermatology is closely related to holistic dermatology. The two promote natural life changes to treat skin disorders, symptoms, mind and spirit. There are different nontraditional therapies to treat the skin disease and the whole person.
- Yoga—stretching and meditating
- Customized nutrition plan
- Fitness regiment
- Herbal supplements
- Stress reduction techniques
- Patient education
Some of these examples are part of the classic model of integrative care, according to the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine. Public awareness of holistic and integrative practices has quickly risen since the 1990’s. Integrative and holistic approaches to dermatology are customized to a patient’s needs. During and after treatment, patients typically see these benefits:
- More energy
- Healthy weight
- Positive outlook
- Effective treatment of skin disorder and symptoms
A holistic and integrative dermatologist focuses on the patient and the skin disorder. It’s a team effort for the dermatologist and the patient to find the right treatment and produce the best results.