In a world dominated by big pharmaceutical companies and processed food manufacturers, a growing number of people are seeking out natural health alternatives and many have been turning to “holistic medicine.” This is technically a misnomer because the holistic approach does not use what most people think of as medicine. Instead, this broad field of natural and naturopathic alternatives focuses on such things as nutrition, herbs, plant and flower essences, essential oils, spiritual guidance, a variety of methods that can help open an individual’s energy channels, and coaching the client to understand themselves better as a whole being. We therefore use the phrase “holistic medicine” as shorthand for a holistic approach to a variety of natural healing protocols.Hippocrates, widely respected as the father of all modern healing and medicine (both natural and pharmaceutical), said, “Let food by thy medicine and thy medicine be food.” In other words, Hippocrates himself focused upon a holistic medicine approach. Further, in the Hippocratic oath, still taken by both medical doctors and various fields of natural healers around the world, Hippocrates announced such principles as “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone,” and “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” In modern holistic medicine practice, those we serve are referred to as clients, rather than “patients” (now a pharmaceutical medicine-specific term).Christal Quintasket said that, “Everything on the Earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.” In the field of holistic medicine, we truly believe and espouse this philosophy: that nature, inspiration, and intuition, combined with intelligent study of the effects of foods, herbs, and other natural remedies, provides us with everything the individual needs for healing without doing harm or giving any deadly medicine to anyone.It is curious to note that the Greek derived word physician, now legally reserved for only those who have passed through pharmaceutical training, actually means ‘a person who encourages the healing power of nature’. So the holistic approach to healing mind, body, and emotions as a single unit may not fall under the current legal definitions of “medicine”, but it undoubtibly qualifies as such in that it brings true healing to an individual on all levels without causing harm.