by Jerry Driessen, PhD – Exec. Dir., Assn. For Holistic Health
- It is person oriented rather than disease oriented.
- Its objective is full, vibrant health (positive wellness), not symptom amelioration.
It respects the valid contribution of current medical science and practice.
- It focuses on internal healing as a useful supplement to surgery, radiation and drug therapy.
- It is tri-level (physical, emotional, spiritual), not uni-level (physical body).
- It focuses on primary prevention rather than crisis intervention.
- It places major responsibility for health on the client, not the professional.
It is long-term, not short.
- It is comprehensive and systematic, not fragmented.
- It recognizes that the client is an active and committed partner in the healing process, not a passive recipient.
- It is pragmatic: It recognizes the value of “what works” without having to understand completely the causal processes involved.
- It fully recognizes the value of the rational scientific approach as a tool for discovery, understanding, and evaluation. Simultaneously, it is accepting of a non-rational, non-scientific approach in some situations, especially when this results in a noticeable healthier person.
- It recognizes that not all illness is “bad” and “to be eliminated” at the earliest possible moment. Some symptoms represent detoxification or signal the need for balancing.
- It is more than preventive medicine. It goes beyond the avoidance of illness and accidents.
- It is a process of centering, integrating, balancing, harmonizing, and vitalizing