Holistic Medicine has been practised over centuries. Holistic Practitioners integrate Conventional and Alternative Medicine, with a view to prevent illness and promote well being. The treatment focuses on the person as a whole - psychologically, physically, emotionally, spiritually and environmentally. It is good practise to take into consideration, the emotional well being of the patient at the time of consultation as it is equally important. The Practitioner is better informed about the patient. The patient is involved in the process which psychologically is healthier for patient as he or she feels empowered, thus more engaging.
Working holistically should be encouraged as good practice across the board, both in conventional and alternative medicine.
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