Worldwide, approximately 65% to 80% of the world’s population use healing modalities that were developed outside of conventional allopathic medical treatments.
In the USA, these non-conventional healing modalities are called “complementary”, “alternative” and “integrative”.
Complementary, alternative and integrative approaches are holistic only to the extent that they are used to support a whole person.
Holism is the approach where the whole person is valued and supported with the best resources available, whether those resources are complementary, alternative, integrative or allopathic.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has categorized most complementary healing approaches into one of two subgroups: Natural Products and Mind-Body Practices.
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