Holistic medicine is a philosophy of medical care, which emphasizes personal responsibility and fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved. It encompasses all safe modalities of diagnosis and treatment while emphasizing the whole person – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
The holistic practitioner may recommend from a variety of conventional and complementary therapies. Holistic medicine is not limited to any particular medical specialty or type of treatment.
The holistic practitioner and patient share responsibility by working together to facilitate the healing process. This powerful approach to health care represents the cornerstone of holistic philosophy.
Principals of Holistic Practice
Holistic Medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health and to prevent and treat disease.
Unconditional Love: is life’s most powerful medicine. Physicians strive to adopt an attitude of unconditional love for patients, themselves and other practitioners.
Client as Person: It is more important to establish who the unique person is that has the “disease” than to establish what disease a person has.
Prevention: Focus on promoting health and preventing disease as opposed to merely managing diseases. This is common sense and more cost effective.
Whole Person: Illness is viewed as a manifestation of a dysfunction of the whole person or the system they live in, rather than an isolated event or disconnected piece.
Focus on cause of disease rather than treating the symptoms alone.
Use all effective and safe diagnosis and treatment options: These include education in lifestyle changes and self-care, complementary approaches, and conventional medicine and surgery. All evidenced-based medicine is valued.
Relationship Centered Care: The quality of the relationship between patient and physician is a major determinant of healing outcomes. Client autonomy is encouraged.
Listen to Patient: The ideal physician-patient relationship considers the needs, desires, awareness and insights of the patient, as well as the physician.
“Walk the Talk” : Physicians significantly influence patients by their own personal example and lifestyle choices.
Learning Opportunities: Illness, pain and the dying process are learning and growth opportunities for patients and physicians.
Innate Healing Power: We all have incredible innate powers of healing in our bodies, minds and spirits. Holistic physicians evoke and utilize these as much as possible.
Optimal Health is the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of human being. It is much more than the absence of sickness.