Holistic health

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Holistic Health

Holistic health (pronunciation: /hoʊˈlɪstɪk hɛlθ/) is a concept in medical practice upholding that all aspects of people's needs, psychological, physical and social, should be taken into account and seen as a whole.


The term "holistic" originates from the Greek word "holos" which means "whole" or "all". The term "health" comes from the Old English word "hælþ", which means "wholeness, a being whole, sound or well".


As defined above, the holistic concept in healthcare is not new. It is an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit.

Related Terms

  • Alternative Medicine: Any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture.
  • Wellness: The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
  • Mind-Body Connection: The belief that the causes, development and outcomes of a physical illness are determined from the interaction of psychological, social factors and biological factors.
  • Integrative Medicine: A healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.

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