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Holistic medicine is an approach to managing and preventing disease that considers the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually, the idea being that there is a link between physical health and general well-being.

The philosophy is that optimal health can be attained by gaining proper balance in life. Practitioners of holistic medicine will examine and treat the patient's chief complaint, of course, but they will also consider the whole person (body, mind, spirit, and emotions) in the pursuit of optimal health, which is the primary goal of holistic medicine. In acknowledgment of its focus on dealing with the whole person, it is sometimes spelled "wholistic."

Holistic medicine takes a whole-person approach to wellness. Recognizing the capacity of the human body to heal itself, a holistic practitioner will use a treatment regimen designed to fix the cause of the condition rather than simply alleviate symptoms.

Although the concept predated this time, the term "holistic" became popular in the late 20th century. Its underlying philosophy emphasizes providing whole care to the patient. While there is a great deal of diversity among holistic practitioners, for the most part, in Western countries, mainstream medical practices are not ignored but are viewed as simply one part of the available therapies, and not necessarily the most effective.

Usually, holistic medicine combines traditional medicine with alternative medicine. Some holistic practitioners are degreed medical doctors who use holistic principles in their medical practice, while others are not medical doctors, but individuals who have completed holistic training, and may be licensed or certified. The requirements may differ from state to state and country to country.

Several holistic health certifications are available. In the United States, national certification bodies include the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), and the American Council of Holistic Medicine (ACHM).


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