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Holistic medicine is the art and science ofhealing that addresses care of the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Thepractice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementarytherapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease byaddressing contributing factors. Holistic healthcare practitioners strive tomeet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit withoutcondition, as love is life’s most powerful healer.In practice, this means that each person is seen as a unique individual, ratherthan an example of a particular disease. Disease is understood to be the resultof physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance. Healing,therefore, takes place naturally when these aspects of life are brought intoproper balance. The role of the practitioner is as guide, mentor and rolemodel; the patient must do the work - changing lifestyle, beliefs and oldhabits in order to facilitate healing. All appropriate methods may be used,from medication to meditation.

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2. OverviewHolistic medicine is the art and science ofhealing that addresses care of the whole person -body, mind, and spirit. Thepractice of holistic medicine integratesconventional and complementary1 3. Overviewtherapies to promote optimal health, and preventand treat disease byaddressing contributing factors. Holistic healthcarepractitioners strive tomeet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance,and spirit withoutcondition, as love is lifes most powerful healer. 2 4. OverviewIn practice, this means that each person is seen asa unique individual, ratherthan an example of a particular disease. Disease isunderstood to be the resultof physical, emotional, spiritual, social andenvironmental imbalance. Healing,3 5. Overviewtherefore, takes place naturally when theseaspects of life are brought intoproper balance. The role of the practitioner is asguide, mentor and rolemodel; the patient must do the work - changinglifestyle, beliefs and old 4 6. Overviewhabits in order to facilitate healing. All appropriatemethods may be used,from medication to meditation. 5 7. Popualar AternativeTreatments10. HomeopathyHomeopathy, also known as homeopathicmedicine, is an alternative medical system thatwas developed in Germany more6 8. Popualar AternativeTreatmentsthan 200 years ago. This fact sheet provides ageneral overview of homeopathyand suggests sources for additional information.http://nccam.nih.gov/9: HypnosisHypnosis (also called hypnotherapy) has 7 9. Popualar Aternative Treatmentsbeen studied for a number of conditions, includingstate anxiety (e.g., beforemedical procedures or surgeries), headaches,smoking cessation, pain control,hot flashes in breast cancer survivors, and irritablebowel syndrome.http://nccam.nih.gov/8 10. Popualar Aternative Treatments8. YogaYoga is a mind and body practice incomplementary medicine with origins in ancientIndian philosophy. The variousstyles of yoga that people use for health purposestypically combine physical 9 11. Popualar AternativeTreatmentspostures, breathing techniques, and meditation orrelaxation. There arenumerous schools of yoga. Hatha yoga, the mostcommonly practiced in the UnitedStates and Europe, emphasizes postures (asanas)and breathing exercises (pranayama).10 12. Popualar AternativeTreatmentsSome of the major styles of hatha yoga includeIyengar, Ashtanga, Vini,Kundalini, and Bikram yoga. People use yoga for avariety of conditions and toachieve fitness and relaxation.http://nccam.nih.gov/11 13. Popualar AternativeTreatments7. Guided imageryGuided Imagery is a relaxation techniquewhere thoughts are purposely "re-directed byvisualization to createpositive images in the mind to help with stress,relaxation, sleep, health and 12 14. Popualar Aternative Treatmentsmore.http://www.guidedimageryinc.com/6. AyurvedicAyurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda)is one of the worlds oldest medical systems. Itoriginated in India and has 13 15. Popualar AternativeTreatmentsevolved there over thousands of years. In theUnited States, Ayurvedic medicineis considered a CAM whole medical system. Manytherapies used in Ayurvedic medicine are also usedon their own as CAMforexample, herbs, massage, and specialized diets. 14 16. Popualar AternativeTreatmentshttp://nccam.nih.gov/5. MassageMassage therapy encompasses many differenttechniques. In general, therapists press, rub, andotherwise manipulate the 15 17. Popualar AternativeTreatmentsmuscles and other soft tissues of the body. Theymost often use their hands andfingers, but may use their forearms, elbows,or feet.http://nccam.nih.gov/4. Meditation 16 18. Popualar Aternative TreatmentsMeditation is a mind-body practicein complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).There are many types of meditation, most of whichoriginated in ancientreligious and spiritual traditions. Generally, aperson who is meditating uses17 19. Popualar AternativeTreatmentscertain techniques, such as a specific posture,focused attention, and an openattitude toward distractions. Meditation may bepracticed for many reasons,such as to increase calmness and physicalrelaxation, to improve psychological18 20. Popualar AternativeTreatmentsbalance, to cope with illness, or to enhance overallhealth and well-being.This Backgrounder provides a general introductionto meditation and suggestssome resources for more information.http://nccam.nih.gov/ 19 21. Popualar AternativeTreatments3. Spinal manipulationLow-back pain (often referred to as"lower back pain") is a common condition thatusually improves withself-care (practices that people can do bythemselves, such as remaining20 22. Popualar AternativeTreatmentsactive, applying heat, and taking pain-relievingmedications). However, it isoccasionally difficult to treat. Some health careprofessionals are trained touse a technique called spinal manipulation to21 23. Popualar AternativeTreatmentsrelieve low-back pain and improve physicalfunction (the ability to walk andmove). This fact sheet provides basic informationabout low-back pain,summarizes research on spinal manipulation forlow-back pain, and suggestssources for additional information.22 24. Popualar Aternative Treatmentshttp://nccam.nih.gov/2. Herbal medicineAn herb is a plant or plant part used forits scent, flavor or therapeutic properties. Herbalmedicine products are dietary supplements that23 25. Popualar AternativeTreatmentspeople take to improve their health. Many herbshave been used for a long timefor claimed health benefits. They are sold astablets, capsules, powders, teas,extracts and fresh or dried plants. However, somecan cause health problems,24 26. Popualar AternativeTreatmentssome are not effective and some may interact withother drugs you are taking.http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine.htmlAcupuncture is the practice of insertingthin needles into specific body points to improvehealth and well-being. It25 27. Popualar Aternative Treatmentsoriginated in China more than 2,000 years ago.American practices ofacupuncture use medical traditions from China,Japan, Korea and othercountries. In the United States, the best-knowntype involves puttinghair-thin, metallic needles in your skin.26 28. Popualar Aternative TreatmentsResearch has shown that acupuncture reducesnausea and vomiting after surgery andchemotherapy. It can also relieve pain.Researchers dont fully understand howacupuncture works. It might aid theactivity of your bodys pain-killing chemicals. It alsomight affect how you27 29. Popualar AternativeTreatmentsrelease chemicals that regulate blood pressure andflow. 28