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What Is Holistic Therapy?
Integrative health, complementary medicine, alternative medicine, and holistic medicine all describe similar services.
Holistic therapy refers to the treatment of a person’s health with regards to their mind, body, spirit, and emotional state. Holistic therapy may include non-medicinal treatment methods. It often aims to deliver optimal health by using natural or culturally sanctioned remedies.
Physical, spiritual, or emotional imbalances can cause disruptions in a person’s overall health. Holistic remedies seek to achieve or restore balance. Holistic approaches can help restore that balance. Even therapies that do not have a strong evidence basis can help promote wellness in an individual suffering from an addiction, so long as that therapy does not actively cause harm.
Principles of Holistic Medicine
Holistic medicine is a practice centered around the belief that wellness depends upon the whole person. Practitioners of holistic medicine believe that positive changes require high self-esteem and that people have the power to heal themselves. Holistic approaches integrate them into conventional treatment. Holistic medicine asks participants to become self-sufficient and self-reliant, but also to know when to ask for help. This help should use a team approach that involves active listening from a therapist or practitioner. Staying connected to others is important and helps create a sense of grounding. The practice also asks people to be forgiving of themselves and to not expect perfection. One of the most critical principles of holistic medicine is this: Holistic practice asks participants to live life consciously rather than on autopilot.