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Is there a difference between the terms "holistic health" and "integrative medicine"?

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Dr. Jill Carnahan
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Some differences...

There are some differences in the terms.
Holistic medicine generally means a philosophy of addressing not only the physical body but also mind and spirit. Integrative medicine is a term generally adopted by conventionally trained physicians to mean combining (or integrating) the best that western medicine has to offer with other traditions, such as chiropractic, massage, nutrition, etc...

In brief: Some differences...

There are some differences in the terms.
Holistic medicine generally means a philosophy of addressing not only the physical body but also mind and spirit. Integrative medicine is a term generally adopted by conventionally trained physicians to mean combining (or integrating) the best that western medicine has to offer with other traditions, such as chiropractic, massage, nutrition, etc...
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Dr. Jill Carnahan
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Dr. Siranush Cholakian
Holistic Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

It is saying the same thing looked at from different angles.
Holistic- meaning treating the patient as a whole. To do that you need to address multiple aspects -environmental-nutrition, exercise, social interaction, psychological issues, physical ailments..... Integrative medicine-combining different modalities (approaches) in healing the individual- medication, nutrition, acupuncture, execise, ..

In brief: Not really

It is saying the same thing looked at from different angles.
Holistic- meaning treating the patient as a whole. To do that you need to address multiple aspects -environmental-nutrition, exercise, social interaction, psychological issues, physical ailments..... Integrative medicine-combining different modalities (approaches) in healing the individual- medication, nutrition, acupuncture, execise, ..
Dr. Siranush Cholakian
Dr. Siranush Cholakian
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Dr. Richard Schneider
Integrative Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Holistic

Holistic health tends to draw from alternative medicine, while integrative medicine medicine combines the best of traditional western medicine with evidence based treatments from complimentary and alternative medicine.

In brief: Holistic

Holistic health tends to draw from alternative medicine, while integrative medicine medicine combines the best of traditional western medicine with evidence based treatments from complimentary and alternative medicine.
Dr. Richard Schneider
Dr. Richard Schneider
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

There are many terms - functional integrative medicine, holistic medicine and natural medicine all used to mention non prescription, minerals, vitamins used in addition to medical management.

In brief: No

There are many terms - functional integrative medicine, holistic medicine and natural medicine all used to mention non prescription, minerals, vitamins used in addition to medical management.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Janice Seward
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Great question.

Holistic health is a field the encompasses the mind, body, emotion and spirit in health prevention, wellness, quality of life - the full spectrum of being a healthy individual.
Integrative medicine is a specialized field of medicine that encompasses western medicine and alternative methods of healing such as acupuncture, yoga, herbs, to attain wellness or treat illness.

In brief: Great question.

Holistic health is a field the encompasses the mind, body, emotion and spirit in health prevention, wellness, quality of life - the full spectrum of being a healthy individual.
Integrative medicine is a specialized field of medicine that encompasses western medicine and alternative methods of healing such as acupuncture, yoga, herbs, to attain wellness or treat illness.
Dr. Janice Seward
Dr. Janice Seward
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