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What does holistic care mean?

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Holistic care treats the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. That typically means a combination of traditional and what your doctor might call complementary medicine. For instance, a holistic way to treat cancer could include chemotherapy and acupuncture.

From: Know the Limits of Holistic Care WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Holistic Health Association: “Principles of Holistic Medicine.”

American Cancer Society: “Can I safely use an alternative or complementary therapy?” “What are the risks of not using mainstream cancer treatment?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?”

National Cancer Institute: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” “Nutrition in Cancer Care.”

UpToDate: “Patient information: Complementary and alternative medicine treatments (CAM) for cancer (Beyond the Basics).”  

Mayo Clinic: “Which alternative cancer treatments are worth trying?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 5, 2018

SOURCES:

American Holistic Health Association: “Principles of Holistic Medicine.”

American Cancer Society: “Can I safely use an alternative or complementary therapy?” “What are the risks of not using mainstream cancer treatment?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?”

National Cancer Institute: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” “Nutrition in Cancer Care.”

UpToDate: “Patient information: Complementary and alternative medicine treatments (CAM) for cancer (Beyond the Basics).”  

Mayo Clinic: “Which alternative cancer treatments are worth trying?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 5, 2018

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