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What is the definition or description of: holistic medicine?

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Dr. Andrew Lipton
Holistic Medicine 30 years experience
Holistic medicine: Holistic approach implies treating the whole person, body , mind and spirit. Holistic doctors can be contemporary(traditional) or offer natural options as well.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Treats the whole pt : Holistic implies that the complete individual is treated, not just the disease. That is, the stress, living situation, nutrition etc are taken into consideration when treating , say, the flu. This can be a good thing. Problem is it opens the door to many intuitively hoped-for but scientifically unproven theories such as ' energy imbalances or imaginary toxins., etc. Check http://NCCIH.nih.org

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What is the definition or description of: holistic health?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Address whole person: Holistic health addresses the whole person: mind, body & spirit, in the context of his/her family, relationships & environment. It attempts to address the underlying cause of illness rather than just treat symptoms. Holistic practitioners combine complementary therapies like herbs, nutritional supplements & homeopathic medicines with mainstream approaches. See www.Abihm.Org/about-us/principles.

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