Holistic medicine

holistic

[hoh-lis-tik]
adjective
1.
incorporating the concept of holism in theory or practice: holistic psychology.
2.
Medicine/Medical. identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involving nutritional measures: holistic medicine.

Origin:
1926; hol(ism) + -istic

holistically, adverb

holistic, wholistic.
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holistic (həʊˈlɪstɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a doctrine of holism
2.  of or relating to the the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease
 
ho'listically
 
adv

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holistic
1926, coined, along with holism, by Gen. J.C. Smuts (1870-1950), from Gk. holos "whole" (see safe (adj.)). In reference to the theory that regards nature as consisting of wholes. Holistic medicine is first attested 1960.
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holistic medicine n.
An approach to medical care that emphasizes the study of all aspects of a person's health, including psychological, social, and economic influences on health status.

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holistic medicine [(hoh-lis-tik)]

An approach to medicine that emphasizes treating the person as a whole, with special attention to the interconnections of the mind and body and of the systems within the body. Holistic medicine stresses the patient's role in health care through such means as positive attitudes, sound diet, and regular exercise.

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