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Naturopathic vs. Holistic Medicine

Updated: Jun 18

Naturopathic vs. Holistic Medicine: What’s the Difference?

Understanding health can be confusing with all the different terms out there. Let’s clear up one common question: what’s the difference between naturopathic and holistic medicine? At Hana Holistic, we believe in making this easy to understand.

Naturopathic Medicine: Healing with Nature

Naturopathic medicine is all about using what nature gives us to heal. It’s a special kind of medicine where doctors use things like herbs, acupuncture, and good nutrition to help your body heal itself. Think of it as a helping hand from nature. Here’s what it includes:

  • Using plants and herbs as medicine

  • Getting acupuncture and massages

  • Eating healthy and getting the right nutrients

  • Exercising in ways that help your body

  • Talking to someone about your stress (counselling)

Holistic Medicine: Treating the Whole You

Holistic medicine is a bit different. It’s not just a type of treatment; it’s a way of looking at health. Doctors who practice this believe in treating your whole self – your body, mind, and emotions. They use regular medical treatments but also add in things like yoga, meditation, and sometimes even naturopathic methods. It’s all about balancing everything that makes you, you.  

Naturopathic vs Holistic: The Main Difference

So, what’s the big difference? Naturopathic doctors focus on using natural remedies to promote healing. This includes herbs, nutrition, and physical therapies like massage. On the other hand, holistic doctors take a broader approach. They combine regular medical care with other methods, likeminded-body practices, to treat not just your physical health, but your emotional and mental wellbeing too.

Holistic Practices at Hana Holistic

At Hana Holistic, we embrace a range of holistic practices to promote overall health and well-being. These practices are designed to treat the whole person –body, mind, and spirit.


Acupressure is a therapy that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body. This method helps to release muscle tension and improve circulation, contributing to overall wellness.

Holistic healing

Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture is a contemporary version of a traditional Chinese technique. This practice involves inserting fine needles into specific areas of the body. It’s an effective approach for alleviating pain and addressing a variety of health concerns. To learn more about how we apply medical acupuncture to improve your health, visit our medical acupuncture page. Our Medical Acupuncture is covered by Alameda Insurance.

Tui Na

Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, and other forms of Chinese medicinal practices. It involves various hand techniques to massage the soft tissues and joints of the body.

Tai Chi Classes

We also offer Tai Chi classes, a gentle form of exercise that involves slow, controlled movements and deep breathing. Tai Chi is excellent for reducing stress, improving balance, and enhancing overall health.  

Get in Touch

Interested in exploring these holistic practices? Contact us at Hana Holistic for more information or to schedule a session. Our team is dedicated to guidingyou on your journey to optimal health and wellness.

Visit our Contact Page or give us a call. Let’s embark on this journey together, towards a healthier, more balanced life.

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