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What are the principles of holistic medicine?

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Holistic medicine is based on the belief that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part isn't working well, all the other parts will be affected. Other principles include:

  • Unconditional love and support is the most powerful healer.
  • A person is responsible for their own health and well-being.
  • All people have innate healing powers.
  • Healing addresses all aspects of a person's life.
  • Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just easing the symptoms.

SOURCES:

American Holistic Medical Association: "Frequently Asked Questions;" "How to Choose a Holistic Physician/Practitioner;" Principles of Holistic Medicine;" "Holistic Medicine;" and "Comparing Holistic and Conventional Medicine."

American Cancer Society: "Holistic Medicine."

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 18, 2020

SOURCES:

American Holistic Medical Association: "Frequently Asked Questions;" "How to Choose a Holistic Physician/Practitioner;" Principles of Holistic Medicine;" "Holistic Medicine;" and "Comparing Holistic and Conventional Medicine."

American Cancer Society: "Holistic Medicine."

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 18, 2020

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