Does holistic medicine have a future?
The meeting “Does Holistic Medicine have a future?” With Dr. Prof. Claudio Pagliara (Family Doctor, Specialist in Medical Oncology, Expert in Holistic Medicine).
Holistic medicine: the meaning of the holistic approach or “holism”.
The adjective holistic, among other things, also refers to the large group of “alternative medicines”, but it is much more. Despite the most advanced technologies and the powerful means available to biomedical research, over time it has become increasingly evident that it is not enough to know the machine and know how to intervene on its individual parts to repair them. A medicine that is able to look at the individual in his or her bio-psycho-spiritual unity has increasingly established itself: holistic medicine.
The meaning of “holistic”.
The term holistic derives from the Greek “olos”, which indicates the totality, the globality of something, in this case of the human being. The concept of a holistic approach and therefore of holism, especially in medicine, appears between the end of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. Often, this topic is talked about inappropriately. It is believed to belong to the multiform cauldron of the so-called “alternative medicines”. Some confuse it with natural medicine, others with psychosomatic medicine, still others identify it with homeopathic medicine.
The holistic doctor does not repair the failures in an organism by suppressing its symptoms, but neither does he limit himself to prescribing natural or homeopathic remedies. In the same way, he will not only be concerned with investigating the unconscious, he will not rely exclusively on needles or psychophysical exercises. Holistic medicine is primarily a clinical methodology. It concerns the way of being of the doctor, the patient and their relationship. For this reason, even if it does not coincide with any of those medicines seen above, he can use them all, without exception. Holistic medicine stems from a specific attitude of every human being towards himself, other living beings, the environment that surrounds him.
Therefore a clinical methodology that focuses on the doctor-patient relationship. By doing so, the holistic doctor, in front of his patient, will be able to grasp, rather than the dryness of a clinical report to be diagnosed, the richness of a life and the beauty of a personal story. The patient will know how to become his own doctor, coming into contact with his own symptoms, which he will grasp as messengers of chronic habits, bodily attitudes, emotional behaviors, mental and spiritual processes.