Holistic medicine is a system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship between practitioner and patient — leading to optimal physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health. It emphasizes the need to consider the whole person: including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values. It encompasses various modalities of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. Holistic medicine focuses on education as well as personal responsibility for achieving balance and well being. Also called Alternative Medicine, the name Holistic Care is often used by the public and some healthcare practitioners to refer to techniques that are not known or accepted by the majority of conventional medical practitioners. Such techniques could include non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques such as Chiropractic. Reference: The American Holistic Health Assn.(AHHA) ic, Herbal therapy, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Reiki, and many others.