Also, I don't associate the word "health" with allopathic medicine, so to say that holistic health practices are "alternative health" seems an oxymoron to me. It is my personal belief that most of the conditions which allopathic medicine "treats" are the result of lifestyle and allopathy administers drugs and surgical procedures to suppress or compensate for them. Overall, VERY FEW of the conditions allopathic doctors treat are actual birth defects or accidents not brought on by lifestyle choices, percentage-wise. If your lifestyle choices are causing your body to raise your cholesterol level really high to compensate and patch up the damage, then taking a drug to suppress your body's natural healing process is not going to fix anything. Your body will just try to find another way to send you a message that it's out of balance and it's trying to save your life by doing what it was created to do. If your body has taken on a lot of extra fat because you eat a lot of garbage (food-like substances), the answer is not to take a drug to suppress your appetite or have surgery to make your stomach smaller. Your body is trying to save your life by storing the toxins you're consuming in your fat, away from your organs where they would be more dangerous. Taking away your body's ability to do that will not make you healthy and fit. And your body will fight you every inch of the way.
I use the term Holistic Health to encompass practices (modalities) that enable and encourage the body to heal itself. These would include, but are not limited to, Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture; Chiropractic manipulation; Shiatsu and other forms of body work; Homeopathy; Herbs; Nutrition, including supplements; Exercise; Massage; Reiki; Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology; Body Talk; Aromatherapy; Gemstone therapy, and many other modalities.
Another term that is often misused is Homeopathy. Many people are confused about what it is and many mistakenly use it to mean Naturopathic or Holistic. It falls into those categories, but is a very specific philosophy all by itself. A Naturopath is a degreed practitioner who specializes in several holistic health disciplines, one of which may be homeopathy. Holistic just means pertaining to supporting the whole body in healing, and homeopathy does that. I've often heard people say something is homeopathic, when what they really mean is that it's "all natural". Homeopathy is one of my favorite holistic health modalities and you will learn a lot about it on this site. It is one of, if not THE, safest ways to support your body in healing, and I'll talk more about it later.
Pretty much anything and everything I'll talk about on this website is holistic. You can also find a Glossary of Terms, with more information on common holistic health terms as a sub-page to the Home Page, on the drop-down menu.
(Okay, I'll hop down off my soapbox for now. I love having my very own soapbox. This is so cool!)