Rather than simply taking medication for a certain condition, it seems more and more people are turning to a holistic care approach, trying to better themselves inside and out by focusing on their body, mind and spirit.
There are several holistic care options available locally and those in the field expect that holistic care will be in higher demand in the years to come.
At the Wellness 360 Comprehensive Lifestyle Center in Marietta, there is a wide array of services offered. Laser hair removal, facials, massages and mineral makeup application are just a few of the services offered.
"Basically we work under the premise of stay young, healthy and beautiful," said Dr. Jane Cases, the center's endocrinology, diabetes, obesity and metabolism specialist.
Although there are many services offered at the center, Cases said body sculpting is the most popular service. She described it as minimally invasive liposuction.
"We do it here on site. This is an ambulatory surgical center," she said. "It's permanent and it's minimally invasive. The recovery time is one to three days. It's done under very light sedation."
The center just opened in January of last year, but Cases said it has already been very well received and stays booked most of the time. She said she believes the future of the business is promising.
"I think it's a matter of people knowing we're here and it's quite a privilege to have something like this in this small area, which usually are services you only get from big cities," Cases said.
Renate Scarpa also believes the future of her business looks bright, with more and more people seeking out holistic care.
Last year Scarpa opened an acupuncture and oriental medicine practice out of her home on Glendale Road in Marietta.
"They come to me because they've tried a lot of other things and it's not working," she said. "They've tried conventional medicine and it's not giving them the results they're looking for."
According to Scarpa, acupuncture is an alternative medicine that is based on the premise that health is regulated by the flow of "qi," an energy-like entity.
She said acupuncture can correct imbalances in the flow of the qi by targeting specific points of the body. The concept has been practiced for more than 3,000 years.
She said it can help many conditions, including migraines, neck and back pain and digestive issues.
Scarpa said her business is growing, with more people becoming aware of it all the time, and learning that it is painless.
"Sometimes you do feel something like a very gentle mosquito bite but a lot of the needles you don't feel," she said.
Although folks usually visit her as a last resort, she believes more people will understand in the future the importance of trying a holistic care approach first.
"Unfortunately a lot of people are on medications but it doesn't really cure what they have - it's a vicious cycle where they end up taking more," Scarpa said. "Holistic medicine like acupuncture is based on the body's ability to heal itself and get balanced and that's important. If your body can heal itself it becomes strong and is well again."
Benefits of holistic care:
Quicker relief of pain.
Improvement of overall general health.
Understanding the need for a well-balanced lifestyle.
Awareness of keeping environment safe and healthy.
Use of more natural resources such as natural herbs and medicines.
Application of more natural methods to cure illness such as proper nutrition, exercise, detoxification and other natural non-invasive treatments