Holistic medical care treats the person as a whole, rather than just focusing on one or two aspects. Holistic treatment focuses on preventing illness and disease, and it is based on the belief that there are links between body, mind, spirit, and environment.
Holistic medicine draws from many different disciplines such as Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture), Ayurvedic Medicine (an ancient Indian system), Naturopathy (a natural approach), and Homeopathy. Some holistic treatments include stress management techniques like meditation; energy healing therapies like Reiki; diet advice like eating more fruit and vegetables; herbal remedies like Echinacea for colds or St John’s wort for depression; lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or making time for exercise; and alternative therapies like massage, aromatherapy, yoga or acupuncture. Holistic medicine is ancient, with a long history of success stories in Asia and Europe.
Holistic medical care uses a set of different techniques to achieve better overall health instead of simply treating one specific condition or disease at a time.