Holistic medicine is a type of healing that considers the whole person (mind, body, spirit and emotions) in the quest for optimal health and wellness. The primary goal of holistic medicine is to achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life. If people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health and create the conditions for any illness or disease.
According to holistic medicine, unconditional love and support is the most powerful healer, and a person is ultimately responsible for his or her own health and well-being. Some of the principles of holistic medicine are:
All people have innate healing powers.
The patient is a person, not a disease.
Healing takes a team approach involving the patient and doctor, and addresses all aspects of a person’s life using a variety of health care practices.
Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms.