Holistic medicine is considered a “complementary and alternative” method of evaluating and treating a variety of health problems. These methods are not generally taught in conventional medical schools nor are they considered to be “the standard of care” or a substitute for conventional medicine diagnostic and treatment methods.
Complementary and alternative medicine approaches should always be balanced with what are considered standard medical diagnostic and treatment methods as recommended and determined by various academic and governing bodies such as The American Medical Association, The American Pediatric Association, The American Academy of Family Physicians and local medical licensing boards.
Ultimately, it is the informed and consenting decision of the patient or his/her guardian to decide which method or combination thereof (Holistic and/or Conventional) is pursued. Patients and their guardians are encouraged to have all their health conditions and treatment options fully explained to them by their physician(s), including proposed benefits, risks and expected out-comes of treatment. In this way a clear and honest appraisal of the potential benefits or risks of both conventional and alternative/holistic care may be understood and expectations of care fully understood.