Holistic medicine is a type of healing that focuses on a whole body approach to treat not only the body but the spirit, mind, and even emotions of the patient for optimal wellness. Because holistic treatment involves addressing the cause of the problem rather than merely alleviating symptoms, it may incorporate conventional medicine as well as alternative medicine and complementary therapies as well as lifestyle changes.
Laser therapy has become a popular complement to holistic medicine as it can treat many common conditions like inflammation, skin conditions, circulatory problems, and even infections without risking the patient’s health or causing adverse side effects.
While nail fungus can be treated in a few ways, most doctors prescribe Lamisil, a cheap oral medication that, while easy to take, also carries a risk of liver damage. Another major problem with taking a pill to treat fungus in the toenails is the fungus lives in dead tissue. Medication has trouble making its way into the nail bed because there is no blood flow in the area. Sometimes topical medications can be used but these are not very effective because the nail is too hard to penetrate.
Even when medication does work, fungal infections often come back. Some people even turn to surgical removal of one or more toenails to get rid of an infection for good. When oral medication like Lamisil does work, about 1 in 5 people report the infection returning.
Laser treatment is a more holistic approach to treating toenail fungus because it doesn’t cause new problems; it gets to the root of the problem. Laser therapy has no harmful side effects and it works to target the fungus as its source.
Laser Therapy for Fungal Infections
Laser therapy is an FDA-approved treatment that has cosmetic and medical benefits. While dermatologists use laser treatments to treat wrinkles, acne, and other skin problems, it’s also used to accelerate healing and even shrink tumors, depending on the type of laser used. Fungal infections are one of the newest applications for laser therapy and this use has made it a widely accepted practice among holistic providers.
Laser treatment for a fungal infection is completely painless and approved by the FDA. The procedure, which takes just 30 minutes, targets light energy into the nail to kill pathogens that cause the fungal infection. The treatment will kill the fungus as nails will grow in healthy and clear over a period of a few months.
Remember that a fungal infection may seem benign at first but, as the fungus spreads, it can lead to cracked, yellow, thickened, and split toenails that even make walking or wearing shoes painful. Get treatment as soon as possible to clear the infection and avoid complications.