- incorporating the concept of holism, or the idea that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts, in theory or practice: holistic psychology.
- Medicine/Medical. identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involving nutritional measures: holistic medicine.
Origin of holistic
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Examples from the Web for holistic
The plan is to build a holistic cloud operating system for businesses and individuals, enabling a new generation of work and play.Bill Gates’ Internet Doomsday Prophesy Comes True
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The appeal of this holistic medicine culture does need to be understood better by the modern medical establishment.Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients
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Re-evaluating the placement of products in exchanges is just one aspect of this holistic approach to strengthening values.Gagging the Corps: A Marine Commandant’s War on Newsprint
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He decided to look for an alternative, holistic, and cheaper way to improve his soil and boost the health of his farm.Big Idea: Farming Treats Cancer?
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But to be credible, it will have to be holistic and persuasive, to address our fears as well as our hopes.Why the Left Should Not Call for Talks with Hamas
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This is a gain, but also a loss: the holistic meaning of experience vanishes.
Holistic therapies, like meditation, are "fringe" therapies.
Education needs to shift from the atomistic view that isolates subjects from the whole of reality to a holistic perspective.
Although holism sees human beings as integral organisms, holistic approaches are inclined to have this physical focus.
Of these holistic therapies, bioenergetics is perhaps considered the most respectable because it is used by some psychologists.
- of or relating to a doctrine of holism
- of or relating to the the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease
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Word Origin and History for holistic
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