Dr. Roopa Chari, M.D., of Chari Center of Health in Encinitas, California, is a medical doctor with a specialty in internal medicine and integrative medicine specialist who believes passionately in the holistic approach to healing. Regardless of the issue that brings you to the office, she and her healthcare team at Chari Center of Health consider each patient a whole person rather than just a list of symptoms requiring treatment. Call us today for a free 15 minute meducal consult at 760-230-2711 or use our convenient online scheduling service.


Holistic Medicine Q & A

What is holistic medicine?
Simply put, holistic medicine providers believe that good health relates to the whole person, which includes the body, mind, emotional, and spiritual components of an individual’s life. For instance, when you schedule an appointment with Dr. Chari for headaches, she seeks to understand what’s causing the headache rather than just handing you a prescription for pain relief.

An unhealthy diet, poor sleep habits, difficulty with an important relationship, food sensitivities, and other medical issues can all cause headaches, including debilitating migraines. Dr. Chari’s goal is to discover and resolve the underlying issue rather than just reacting to the symptoms with medication.

What are the benefits of holistic medicine?
While the holistic treatment approach doesn’t eliminate the use and practical benefits associated with conventional medicine, such as the surgical repair of a severe fracture, it does promote more natural methods to address your illness when appropriate. This often results in therapy that includes proper nutrition, regular exercise, medically sound detoxification programs and other noninvasive treatments.

A mainstay of holistic medicine is to include you as an active participant in your overall health and wellbeing. This often leads to improved self-awareness and promotes healthier habits. For instance, discovering the negative effects of stress on your physical health may make you more aware of the need to balance your high-stress job with periods of meaningful social time.

What kinds of doctors practice holistic medicine?
Holistic practitioners have varying degrees of education. Dr. Chari is a Medical Doctor and has combined her extensive medical training, experience, and expertise with integrative/functional and holistic medicine for over 20 years. Dr. Chari’s specialty is in Internal Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She is also certified in Hypnosis, Thought-Field-Therapy™, Neuro-Linguistic Programming™ and Interactive Guided Imagery℠.

What kinds of treatments do you recommend?
Dr. Chari first does an extensive review of your symptoms and a complete physical examination before recommending treatment to help restore her patients to optimal health. She may recommend modifications in your diet to improve your nutritional status and give customized natural remedies to manage issues such as diabetes, elevated blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

Your symptoms may require diagnostic lab work to evaluate your health condition. Whatever the reason for your visit, her goal is to diagnose and resolve your underlying condition in addition to focusing on relieving your symptoms.

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