Holistic medicine refers to alternative health practices
that claim to treat
"the whole person." To holistic practitioners, a person is not just a body with
physical parts and systems, but is a spiritual being as well. The mind and the emotions
are believed to be connected to this spirit, as well as to the body. Holistic
practitioners are truly alternative in the sense that they often avoid surgery or
drugs as treatments, though they are quite fond of meditation, prayer, herbs, vitamins,
minerals and exotic diets as treatments for a variety of ailments.
See also alternative health practice,
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