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Holistic health

Holistic health (or holistic medicine) is a diverse field of alternative medicine[1] in which the "whole person" is focused on, not just the malady itself.[2]


  • Background and conceptual basis 1
  • Methods 2
  • Reception 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6

Background and conceptual basis

The holistic concept in medical practice, which is distinct from the concept in the alternative medicine, upholds that all aspects of people's needs including psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. A 2007 study said the concept was alive and well in general medicine in Sweden.[3]

Some practitioners of holistic medicine use alternative medicine exclusively, though sometimes holistic treatment can mean simply that a physician takes account of all a person's circumstances in giving treatment. Sometimes when alternative medicine is mixed with mainstream medicine the result is called "holistic" medicine, though this is more commonly termed integrative medicine.[2]

According to the American Holistic Medical Association it is believed that the spiritual element should also be taken into account when assessing a person's overall well-being.[4]


Holistic health is a diverse field in which many techniques and therapies are used.[2] Practitioners of alternative approaches may include many methods such as colon therapy, orthomolecular medicine and metabolic therapy.[2]


There have been several published scientific studies that dispute the efficacy, beyond the placebo effect, of (alternative) holistic medicine in treating any known disease. The American Cancer Society recommends that if holistic medicine is to be used at all, it should be used only in conjunction with conventional medicine and not as a replacement.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare – Glossary".  
  2. ^ a b c d e "Holistic Medicine".  
  3. ^ Strandberg, Eva; Ovhed, Ingvar; Borgquist, Lars; Wilhelmsson, Susan (2007). "The perceived meaning of a (w)holistic view among general practitioners and district nurses in Swedish primary care: A qualitative study". BMC Family Practice 8: 8.  
  4. ^ American Holistic Medical Association

Further reading

  • Malliori, Meni (2010). "No health without mental health-towards a holistic approach". Annals of General Psychiatry 9: S35.  
  • Ellen Greenlaw (July 2010). "A Holistic Approach to Treating Depression".  
  • Guttmacher, Sally (1979). "Whole in Body, Mind & Spirit: Wholistic Health and the Limits of Medicine". Journal of American College Health Association 28 (3): 180.  

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