Is complementary medicine holistic?

Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 1997 Feb;3(1):9-11. doi: 10.1016/s1353-6117(97)80027-3.


The term 'holism' is explored using both Smuts' original definition and that developed by the Gestalt theoreticians. It is compared to reductionism and the author posits that holism must encompass reductionalism if it is to study the relationship between parts and whole.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Gestalt Theory*
  • Holistic Health*
  • Humans
  • Philosophy, Medical*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Professional Practice
  • Systems Theory*