Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health  (the primary goal of holistic medicine practice) by gaining proper balance in life.

Holistic medicine practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.

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A holistic doctor may use all forms of health care, from conventional medication to alternative therapies, to treat a patient.

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Examples of Holistic medicine

Many of the therapies classified as holistic treatment are also known as complementary and alternative medicines. There are a many types of therapies that come under the umbrella of holistic medicine.

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