|The following is an excerpt from an article by Suzan Walter, President
of the American Holistic Health Association. It provides a quick
introduction to the two main definitions of the term
holistic as it is used in today's society.
Are you confused about the meaning of holistic? Have you ever been
discussing holistic health and discovered that the other person was
defining holistic in a totally different way than you? This is not
surprising, since there are no accepted standard definitions for holistic,
holistic health, or holistic medicine. Most usage falls within two common
The expanded perspective of holistic as considering the whole person and the whole situation allows us to apply holistic as an adjective to anything. For example, we can develop a new project at work or re-organize our life holistically. When illness is involved, the broad definition of holistic allows us to integrate both conventional and complementary therapies. Consider adopting this holistic approach to your life.
The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) promotes holistic health as an approach to creating wellness which encourages you to:
Use of this material requires written permission from the American Holistic Health Association. Contact Suzan Walter at (714) 779-6152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.