Holistic medicine focuses on caring for the whole patient, mind, body and spirit.
So based on the belief that each individual has a powerful capacity for health and healing within them, holistic medicine relies on the body’s systems functioning as parts of the whole individual, dependent on each other. Illness occurs when there’s an imbalance in any of the body’s systems, and the holistic practitioner looks at each of them in order to determine the cause of the imbalance and how to restore it. Biologic, physiologic, social and spiritual factors are all considered, and they work together in connection to influence health and illness. The overall goal of holistic medicine is to treat the person and not the disease.
So although this integrative approach may be different from the conventional medical approaches you might be familiar with, holistic medicine is far from new. In fact, what we think of as mainstream medicine in the Western world is a much more recent innovation. Ancient healing techniques go back as far as 5,000 years ago where practices in China and India stressed health as a reflection of harmony within one’s self and with nature. And today holistic medicine revisits those practices. Health care practitioners who use the holistic model work together with patients as partners in a collaborative approach to health problems