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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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In support of its application, the Center called Bonnie Melnick, a Licensed Nurse Practitioner, with a Master's Degree in Nursing and a Doctorate in Holistic Medicine.
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I believe that the medicine of the future will be a blend of traditional and holistic medicine.
The fact that the Whole Foods chain and holistic medicine have been growing in parallel isn't a coincidence.
Ibn Sina formulated an elaborate philosophy of what is today called holistic medicine.
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In an article that appeared in the January/February 2003 issue of The Physician Executive, health care futurist Leland Kaiser declared, "Alternative or holistic medicine should be called appropriate medicine.
The Crown assured the court the prosecution was not brought to debate the merits of traditional, holistic medicine.
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