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The holistic approach
(from introductory booklet)
There is more understanding, more help, more hope for
cancer patients today than ever before. Cancer is talked
about, publicised; its conquerors and patients tell their
stories on television and in the press. The old taboos
But public awareness of medical matters has put under
the spotlight the rift between traditional methods and
the increasingly popular holistic approach. This sees
the person as a multi-dimensional being, not a machine;
the protection of health as a matter, not only for the
body, but also the mind and spirit. Each depends upon
the other and sickness occurs when that inter-
relationship goes wrong. This is not a new idea. It was
urged by the father of medicine, Hippocrates, two and a
half thousand years ago!
The holistic practitioner believes that traditional
medicine can be greatly enhanced by the knowledge of
complementary therapies. Acupuncture, homoeopathy,
herbalism, reflexology and so on are not necessarily
"alternative", they can be complementary to surgery,
radio and chemotherapy. There is no need for patients to
abandon their family doctor when they decide to utilise
complementary therapies and natural medicines. The
largest cancer hospitals use diet and meditation as an
optional therapy for cancer patients. Medical experts of
all persuasions should pool their knowledge and encourage
the patient to join the team and assume responsibility
for his/her own well-being.
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