holistic medicine

   Holistic medicine is a term used to cover a spectrum of treatments available as an alternative to traditional allopathic medicine. Its practitioners diagnose and advise treatments from the perspective of the patient as an individual, rather than prescribing a remedy to cure the patient’s symptoms. Holistic health centres offering a range of alternative therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and aromatherapy can be found in most towns and cities in the British Isles. Although the Royal Family had long been supporters of complementary medicine, a general upsurge of interest occurred during the early 1960s, caused in part by a disenchantment with traditional medicine following cases such as that of the drug thalido-mide, which had been found to cause birth defects.
   See also: homeopathy; NHS
   JAN EVANS

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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