Holistic, (from the words "whole" and in Greek "olos", meaning "all", "entire", or "total") is the idea that all the properties of a given system cannot be determined or explained by its parts alone.
Holistic health care and medicine understand the human as a multidimensional being, part of the living organism that is the whole - the cosmos. Every single part within the cosmos interconnects and interacts with everything else, and functions according to the laws and order that govern life itself. In seeking to restore the health of a patient, holistic health care and medicine consider both the symptoms and their underlying cause, to restore and balance the whole health of the person.
This will include looking at the patient's nutritional, emotional, mental, environmental, social, spiritual and genetic background, as well as their age and the development of their symptoms. All these are important factors that need to be taken into account to rejuvenate the health and well-being of the individual as a whole.
Furthermore, the holistic health approach looks at the long-term health of a patient, by encouraging an awareness of ways and techniques they can empower themselves to improve their health, and tools to achieve this aim.