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Whole Medical Systems and Autism

Whole medical systems are complete systems of theory and practice that have evolved over time in different cultures and are separate from conventional or Western medicine.

There are many different systems including Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.

Each of these systems is used to treat a wide range of people with a wide range of conditions. For example, homeopathy is used to treat numerous conditions including asthma, depression
and arthritis.

Whole medical systems are based on the idea of healing the whole person in a holistic manner, rather than just dealing with the immediate symptoms. So, for example Ayurvedic medicine stresses the importance of universal interconnectedness (among people, their health, and the universe), the body's constitution (prakriti), and life forces (dosha). Ayurvedic physicians prescribe individualised treatments, including compounds of herbs or proprietary ingredients, and diet, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations.

  • Ayurveda: an holistic system of medicine that seeks to help people achieve and maintain balance of mind, body and spirit.
  • Homeopathy: an approach which involves giving extremely small doses of substances that produce characteristic symptoms of illness in healthy people when given in larger doses
  • Naturopathy: an holistic system of medicine based on the belief that the body is capable of healing itself.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: an holistic system based on ensuring that opposing energies, called yin and yang, are in balance and that the life force or energy in every body, called qi, is also balanced and flowing freely.

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Updated
11 Sep 2015