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holistic medicine,

system of health care based on a concept of the "whole" person as one whose body, mind, spirit, and emotions are in balance with the environment. Stressing personal responsibility for health, a holistic approach may include conventional medicine and various nontraditional methods of diagnosis and therapy, e.g., acupunctureacupuncture
, technique of traditional Chinese medicine, in which a number of very fine metal needles are inserted into the skin at specially designated points. For thousands of years acupuncture has been used, along with herbal medicine, for pain relief and treatment of various
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, biofeedbackbiofeedback,
method for learning to increase one's ability to control biological responses, such as blood pressure, muscle tension, and heart rate. Sophisticated instruments are often used to measure physiological responses and make them apparent to the patient, who then tries
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, faith healing, folk medicine, megavitamin therapy, meditation, and yogayoga
[Skt.,=union], general term for spiritual disciplines in Hinduism, Buddhism, and throughout S Asia that are directed toward attaining higher consciousness and liberation from ignorance, suffering, and rebirth.
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. Patients are encouraged to establish self-regulated regimes to control such illness-related factors as poor diet, smoking, alcohol intake, and stress. Surgery and prescription drugs are generally avoided. See also alternative medicinealternative medicine,
the treatment and prevention of disease by techniques that are regarded by modern Western medicine as scientifically unproven or unorthodox. The term alternative medicine
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Holistic care is traditionally described as biopsychosocial, but even that description is limiting.
The Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process utilizes the MDS and Care Area Assessments to drive a holistic care plan.
Research shows that people are reluctant to bring up sexual health concerns with their doctors, and hope and expect that the doctor will address these issues as part of holistic care.
Perhaps when cultural assessment is combined with genetic assessment, this could be the beginning of culturally holistic care.
WIRRAL Holistic Care Services are holding a Spring Fayre today from 12.
A truly holistic care plan needs to give the patient an understanding of how things such as diet, exercise and lifestyle can aid the long-term recovery and reduce any side effects that they are having in any aspect of their life.
By incorporating evidence-based practice and spirituality, the course was a way for students to better understand their responsibilities for providing holistic care.
Emphasizing patient-centered care, they cover the concept of holistic care as applied to the critical care context, including the psychosocial effects of critical illness on the patient and family, the effects of the critical care environment, the role of patient and family education, strategies for relieving pain and promoting comfort, and palliative care; professional practice issues, both legal and ethical, and characteristics of critical care nurses; pediatric, pregnant, and elderly patients, and those recovering from anesthesia; transport and disaster situations; and care of patients with disorders of various systems.
Beverley added: "They were tremendous and provided real holistic care.
She sounds like one of those who strives to provide woman-centred holistic care and feels that acupuncture could well help to do this.
With a design that merges the high-tech world of medicine with the high-touch needs of cancer patients to provide customized, holistic care, the three-floor building focuses on outpatient care, with a unique environment incorporating natural light, artwork, water features, and views of nature.
AT the Spire Yale Hospital we pride ourselves in providing patients with the highest standard of individualised holistic care.