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Are the terms holistic health and integrative medicine the same thing?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Related not same

I see integrative as specifically alluding to the practice of using both conventional, western, modalities (aka allopathy) and traditional, often holistic healing systems, which are evidence based.
Both aim to treat the whole person- body, mind, spirit- but holistic by definition does this by using a complete system or paradigm to diagnose, treat, prevent illness & maintain balance/health.

In brief: Related not same

I see integrative as specifically alluding to the practice of using both conventional, western, modalities (aka allopathy) and traditional, often holistic healing systems, which are evidence based.
Both aim to treat the whole person- body, mind, spirit- but holistic by definition does this by using a complete system or paradigm to diagnose, treat, prevent illness & maintain balance/health.
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Should be

Integrative medicine is by definition holistic but has a more academic ring to it.

In brief: Should be

Integrative medicine is by definition holistic but has a more academic ring to it.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Richard Schneider
Integrative Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Holistic

No, holistic medicine tends to draw from complimentary and alternative medicine, while Integrative Medicine draws from the best evidence based treatments from traditional western medicine and complimentary and alternative medicine, treating the whole patient, mind, body and spirit.

In brief: Holistic

No, holistic medicine tends to draw from complimentary and alternative medicine, while Integrative Medicine draws from the best evidence based treatments from traditional western medicine and complimentary and alternative medicine, treating the whole patient, mind, body and spirit.
Dr. Richard Schneider
Dr. Richard Schneider
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Dr. Martin Rossman
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Both terms describe an approach to medicine that tries to take the whole person into account - not just the medical diagnosis but how the person lives, eats , thinks, feels, and manages stress.
Many people mistakenly use " holistic" to describe any medicine that isn't conventional, so it's been associated with a lot of fringe methods that are in no way holistic. "integrative" is less tarnished.

In brief: Yes

Both terms describe an approach to medicine that tries to take the whole person into account - not just the medical diagnosis but how the person lives, eats , thinks, feels, and manages stress.
Many people mistakenly use " holistic" to describe any medicine that isn't conventional, so it's been associated with a lot of fringe methods that are in no way holistic. "integrative" is less tarnished.
Dr. Martin Rossman
Dr. Martin Rossman
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