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At Dolder Health Care & Rejuvenation
with partner institutions, we pursue a holistic approach to health care and wellbeing.

Timeea-Laura Burci and Jörg Wolfgang Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke in Saxony


Holistic medicine means consideration of the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually, in the management and prevention of disease. It is underpinned by the concept that there is a link between our physical health and our more general 'well-being'. In an holistic approach to medicine, there is the belief that our well-being relies not just on what is going on in our body physically in terms of illness or disease, but also on the close inter-relation of this with our psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental state. These different states can be equally important. They should be managed together so that a person is treated as a whole. An holistic approach means that the doctor is informed about a patient's whole life situation.

Holistic medicine treats symptoms but it also looks for underlying causes of these symptoms. One way of explaining this is by looking for "the story behind the story". Holistic medicine allows for a wider range of treatment approaches to be used together and encourages open-mindedness for different approaches. Some of these approaches may include the use of complementary and alternative medicine but holistic medicine as we practice it, is based on academic or conventional medicine. Nutrition, exercise, naturopathy, acupuncture, healing touch and meditation or autohypnosis are just a few other treatments that may be used together with conventional medicine as part of an holistic approach.



Clinical holistic medicine actually dates as far back as Hippocrates. An holistic approach to patient care was also suggested by Percival in his book - the first textbook of medical ethics - first published in 1803. Percival stated: "The feeling and emotions of the patients require to be known and to be attended to, no less than the symptoms of their diseases."

More recently, John Macleod in his book 'Clinical Examination', first published in 1964, also commented that "we should aim to be holistic in our care". Also, the seminal work by Michael Balint, 'The Doctor, the Patient and his Illness', first published in 1957, represents an important landmark in seeing the patient as a whole rather than as isolated pathology. Illness is not just an isolated physical disorder or random event.


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