When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, she decided that she wanted a blend of modern and traditional (holistic) treatments. Her oncologist and doctors at the time were not happy with the choice but as a family we wanted to support her decision. Thus our journey began, my siblings and I first scoured the internet looking for a list of practitioners that specialised in traditional or holistic treatments to help alleviate some of the side effects of the cancer drugs.
We found tons of listings and multiple sites on Google with plenty of practitioners who seemed to offer what we were seeking, but who was the best and who could we trust? We got no support from her medical team, who just sighed everytime we mentioned holistic treatments.
There did not seem to be any resources that we could check as there is no common vetting approach, terminology or association that governs these sorts of treatments. There are a number of associations all vying for your attention.
Only some of the associations checked that their members were keeping up with the latest techniques; most checked insurance but only if it is offered through them. It was so hard to make decisions under such pressure and coordinate all my mothers appointments.
We also wanted to book and pay online to ensure that we got her to her appointments. Coordinating all of our diaries with work and family commitments was tough. We could only really discuss this at night or on the weekend, when typically businesses are closed. We were sharing all the costs so needed online payment. Which was a challenge as most of these practitioners did not offer credit card payments let alone PayPal.
It was a hard slog but we found a rhythm, in hindsight it really would have been helpful to have a central place that we could all login to book, pay and see any upcoming appointments, read any notes from practitioners or information to ensure best care.
* Please ensure that you always consult your medical team before taking on any holistic treatments.
There are a number of registers, over 300+ as far as we are aware, all offering different specialities and services, we bring these all together in one place. Making it easire to find a holistic health service that you can trust, book and pay for online all in one place.
We started the Holistic List to offer a simple to use resource for businesses who wanted to get their businesses online and take advantage of online payments and bookings.
Outdated paper and online directories do not offer a service that is close to ours and certainly do not check all users to the same level that we do.
We focus on holistic businesses specialising in complementary and alternative practices, courses, events and retreats. You can even list jobs or apply for one.
Our aim is to be the most trusted resource by local government and the NHS (Social Prescribing and GP’s) who could recommend it without hesitation to their patients.
We only work with Holistic Health individuals and businesses who have passed our strict vetting criteria. They must prove their identity, qualifications, length of practice, insurance and affiliations. Our vetting criteria is based on Professional Standards Authority, local government and GP guidelines. If approved, they will be part of an elite set of businesses.
This much needed resource will level the playing field, no more competing with businesses who have only completed the bare minimum training.