Recognizing the profound interconnection of mind, body and spirit, the body’s innate healing capabilities and the role of self-responsibility in the healing process, mind/body/sprit medicine utilizes a wide range of modalities, including biofeedback imagery, bodywork, osteopathic manipulation, hypnotherapy, meditation, yoga, and shamanistic medicine, to name a few.
MBS Medicine is a broad approach to understanding health and illness, taking into consideration the many aspects and complexities of an individual’s life as well as their physiology. Some of the principles of Holistic Medicine outlined by the American Holistic Medical Association include the following:
- Searching for the underlying causes of disease is preferable to treating symptoms alone.
- Prevention is preferable to treatment and is usually more cost-effective. The most cost-effective approach evokes the patient’s own innate healing capabilities.
- Illness is viewed as a manifestation of a dysfunction of the whole person, not as an isolated event.
- Optimal health is much more than the absence of sickness. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest qualities of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of the human experience.