Definitions of Terms

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Bodymindspirit is the totality of the whole-person system—the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual factors that determine health and wellbeing.

Integrative therapies are therapies and practices that embrace a holistic perspective, addressing the wellbeing of mind, body, and spirit, and offered as a complement to conventional care, particularly in concerning preventive strategies or managing symptoms of chronic diseases. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) refers to these therapies as complementary health approaches, and they are also known as complementary and alternative medicine. Integrative therapies may include mind/body practices (such as meditation, yoga, and biofeeback), natural products (such as vitamins and dietary supplements like fish oil), traditional or cultural healing practices (such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda), or energy-based therapies (such as Healing Touch and Reiki).

Integrative healthcare utilizes the best therapeutic options from conventional Western medicine, as well as complementary therapies and healing practices, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, meditation, and stress reduction techniques. It offers a broad approach to healing that is patient-centered and focuses on the whole person-mind, body, and spirit.

Wellbeing is a state of being in balance or alignment (body, mind, and spirit), resulting in a sense of purpose, energy and engagement, connectedness, peaceful interactions, prosperity, and a feeling of trust and safety. The development and support of wellbeing is essential in maximizing human and system capacity and potential.

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