Holistic is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person. That is, instead of just treating symptoms of an illness, as in orthodox allopathy, holistic approaches look at an individual’s over-all physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being before recommending treatment. A practitioner with a holistic approach treats the symptoms of illness as well as looking for the underlying cause. Holistic therapy also attempts to prevent illness by placing a greater emphasis on optimizing health.
The body’s systems are seen as interdependent parts of the person’s whole being. Its natural state is one of health, and an illness or disease is an imbalance in the body’s systems. Holistic therapies tend to emphasize proper nutrition and avoidance of substances-such as chemicals-that pollute the body. The techniques used to reach optimum health are non-invasive.