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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 unproved or unorthodox. The term alternative medicine
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Practitioners of holistic medicine require licensing in the same way conventional clinicians do.
Even a casual examination shows a huge difference between this and the dictionary definition of holistic medicine. What is orthodox in medicine tends to be what is evidence based, and it is entirely orthodox for medics to take into account broader psychosocial elements to a pathology.
DISCUSSION: We observed that ergomedicine vigilance was maximum amongst the therapist (88.88%), Low scores of assessment amongst medical graduates; rural (15%) urban (35%), and practitioners in modern and holistic medicine (4.4%) might be due to non-inclusion of ergomedicine syllabus in their study curriculum.
Linkner, a founder of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and current member of their board of directors.
The first issue includes articles on: pain theory, clinical holistic medicine, patient insensitivity, chronic pain treatments, gender differences for chronic pain, the management of lower back pain, and pain syndromes.
The term "complementary medicine" has evolved into "integrative holistic medicine," because "complementary" assigns an adjunctive role to nonconventional medicine, Dr.
Tirelli is an expert in eastern holistic medicine, meaning Essien has under taken a course of acupuncture to try to ensure he is at a mental and physical peak before he goes on to the pitch.
Holistic medicine is an ancient healing approach that emphasizes the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
Holistic therapies can be split into two areas ( holistic medicine, such as Chinese herbal medicine and complementary therapies such as homeopathy, accupressure, aromatherapy, reflexoloy, reiki and acupuncture, to name but a few.
Inspired by her grandmother, who practices holistic medicine called ayurveda, Gavini, 16, examined extracts of the herb Terminalia chebula, a relative of the walnut that has been used as an antiseptic.

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