Holistic medicine, similar to Functional, is distinct from traditional medicine in that it strives to consider the whole body in an approach to health. Treatment is focused on considering that the mind, spirit and body are all interconnected in respect to health. It is felt that by evaluating the physical, emotional and spiritual contributions to health, the whole body is brought into a state if coherence. I feel that the term holistic has too broad of an application to root itself in a defined identity. A Qigong practitioner may practice in a “holistic” style, but is not addressing the metabolic abnormalities; a nutritionist may similarly have a “holistic” practice, but may not address the mind/body components. I have seen ‘holistic’ used with sound therapy, meditation and yoga, nutritional energetics, and aromatic therapy. The problem is not that these different therapies have no value, in many cases each of these categories may be greatly beneficial to an individual seeking a greater state of health. The problem is that it is difficult to know what modality really defines a “holistic” practitioner, and what “holistic” will impart to your care plan.