Holistic Care


Principlesof Holistic care


Optimalhealth is the chief objective of the holistic care. It plays asignificant role in providing a balance among various aspects ofhuman experiences, like mental, spiritual, environmental, andphysical aspects. This, in turn, creates a state of well-being forall individuals, with or without a disease (Ventegodt,Kandel, &amp Merrick, 2005).

Thehealing power of love

Thehealth power of love play an immense role in helping the holisticcare professionals relate with the patients in the most caring way.To achieve this, this professionals show all patients unconditionallove and kindness, which are regarded as the most powerful healer intheir lives.


Thisprinciple helps health care practitioners view all individual as theunity of mind, body, and spirit. Hence, people are able to understandthat illness is not only a physical disorder but also affects thepatient as a whole from every perspective, that is, body, mind,spirit and the environment.

Preventionand treatment

Preventionand treatment help individuals understand that the holistic care isaimed at preventing any form of disorder to all patients as well asoffering quality treatment to attain the total physical fitness ofthe patient. Further, this helps such patients regain their energy aswell as carry out their normal duties in their lives.

Innatehealing power

Innatehealing power plays a vital role in helping the health professionalsassist patients in their healing process. This is because allpatients have the ability or some innate powers of healing in theirspirits, bodies, and minds (Ventegodtet al., 2005).

Integrationof the healing systems

Thisprinciple help health practitioners and providers embrace and adopt alifetime way of learning about effective and safe methods ofdiagnosis and treatment. This, in turn, helps meet unique need ofeach and every single patient. To achieve this, health practitionersmay recommend lifestyle modification, conventional drugs, andsurgery, as well as complementary approaches.


Thisscheme aims at building the best relationship between the patient andthe physicians hence, it constitutes quite a good percentage of allmethods aimed at the healing power of the patients.


Thisprinciple helps health practitioners pay attention to the uniqueneeds and nature of every patient.

Teachingby example

Wheneverthe health practitioners work towards attaining all the principles ofholistic Medicare, they embrace the personal quality of a healingrelationship.


Allthe activities taking place in the holistic care are learningopportunities to both the patients and the health care professionals.

Principlesof holistic caring process

Evidence-basedMedicine by Age Group where the care is based on recent standards.

Multi-disciplinarycare team support where the health care team works collaborativelywith the patients and other relevant stakeholders.

PersonalizedCare Plans where best practices and application of evidence-basedmedicine is adopted.

ReferralManagement where they can be efficiently managed for the good of thepatients.

Differencesin patient need

Differentpatients have different needs. This holistic care takes care of theneeds of the patients in making decisions and the patients are atliberty to agree or disagree with the kind of treatment offered tothem. The needs of every patient are taken care of.

Similaritiesand differences between complementary and alternatives medicine (CAM)

Thedifference between them is that complementary medicine can be used inconjunction with the traditional medicine practices whereas thealternative medicine can only be used by itself and not as asubstitute of traditional medicine.

Themain similarity is that both medicines depend on the integrativemedicine by combining them with the conventional western medicine.

Roleof nutrition, exercise, humor and music therapy

Humorcontributes effectively to change the moods of the patient and thecoping mechanisms. It makes most unreal situations appear positiveminimizing the risks of death and depression. Diet contributes to thephysical wellness of the patient. Balanced diet help boost the immunesystem of the patient so that the vulnerability to most diseases willbe minimized. Sufficient nutrition is absorbed to the body tominimizing the risk of deficiencies. An attack from a variety ofdisorders will be eliminated or minimized. They help improve the moodby stimulating various brain chemicals that leave the patient happy.Exercises help boost the energy of the patient. Music is effective inrole cognition, memory, motivation and learning.


Visionthe health care system comprises of a limited number of models ofcollaboratories that are not well known so that a more integrativeapproach can be adapted to the health care system.

Rewardsfor proper establishment of an integrative health system, thereshould be an enough incentives and resources for coming up withcollaboratories the current systems does not have such resources(Ventegodtet al., 2005).

HealthInsurance Act and Security all the privacy and security issues needsspecial attention that may not be easy for the developers of thesystem.

of a case file

Asurvey conducted on the patient regardless of gender and ageconcerning the complementary and alternative medicine by the healthprofessionals found similar results on the role of nutrition,exercise, and humor and music therapy.

Comprehensivereview of needs and interventions

Thesemethods are more of private thereby violating the rule of equity. Theservices should be made accessible to all people regardless of theirfinancial capability. The providers of such services are notmedically trained a problem that should be solved by offering medicaleducation to them. The methods are also short of research funds aproblem that can be solved by funding their research activities.

Implementationand evaluation of CAM within the plan of care

Themedical practitioners lack the necessary knowledge to offer guidanceon the use of complementary and alternative modalities. But thefederal government, research institutions and other bodies havestarted to give the modalities the necessary support and research sothat the system will be implemented in the plan of care.


Thiscourse has broadly explained the principles I will be observing inperforming my duties as a health care professional. The principlewill serve as a guideline to work efficiently and effectively in theprofession by observing the necessary code of conduct. It has helpeddefine both the rights of the patients and the rights of the healthcare professionals.

Thecourse has also helped me understand the core values of complementaryand alternative medicine. It has explained how important theseschemes are and why they should be incorporated in the health careplan. It has also tried to explain why individually as the healthcare professional I need to have knowledge in this field.


Ventegodt,S., Kandel, I &amp Merrick, J. (2005).Principles of Holistic Medicine. The Quality of Life and Health.Trafford Publishing.