Holistic Medicine

In Houston and Sugar Land, Texas, Nneka Edokpayi, MD, of Rapha Health and Wellness treats patients in body, mind, and spirit with holistic medicine. Whether with acupuncture, behavioral therapy, cannabidiol (CBD) oil, detox and weight-loss programs, a clean diet, or lifestyle changes, her dedication to natural solutions draws men and women to her functional medicine clinics. For optimal health and wellness with alternative therapies, call to make an appointment or use the online scheduling option.


Holistic Medicine Q & A

What is holistic medicine?

Holistic medicine is a natural approach to health care that considers your whole person — body, mind, and spirit. To optimize your health, it uses the best of both conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat chronic conditions and disease.

Holistic physicians like Dr. Edokpayi search for the underlying cause of a condition instead of treating only the symptoms. She takes time to learn about your health history, family background, career, food choices, exercise habits, and mindset. A problem in any one of those areas may contribute to your symptoms or overall health. 

What holistic medicine treatment do I need?

Your treatment plan is highly individualized to account for your unique needs, symptoms, and goals. Some of the most effective holistic medicine therapies that Dr. Edokpayi may suggest include:

  • Clean diet
  • Acupuncture
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) oil
  • Detoxification
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Chiropractic

Holistic treatment plans often include manual massage, yoga, tai chi, and other body movement therapies.

What is acupuncture?

During an acupuncture session, Dr. Edokpayi places ultra-thin needles under your skin in specific locations called acupuncture points. The placement of the needles is strategic and rebalances your body’s flow of qi, or life force. When your qi is blocked, you develop health conditions that can become chronic.

Each insertion of the needles makes a small puncture that your body perceives as an injury. This stimulates your immune system and enhances circulation.

Acupuncture is useful for:

  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Certain cancers
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Bone degeneration

Acupuncture is also helpful for digestive disorders like colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastritis.

What is CBD oil?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is found in marijuana, hemp, and many other plants. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD oil doesn’t contain any of the components that make you high.

CBD oil varies in strength and is useful for pain, multiple sclerosis, seizures, anxiety, and depression. It comes in dozens of formats, such as drops that you place under your tongue, creams, lotions, candy, and powder

When you’re ready to try holistic therapies to optimize your health, call one of the Rapha Health and Wellness offices or book online.