There are different schools or systems of holistic medicine. Traditional Health Systems, are the health systems of a certain region and typically ethnic group , ie Traditional Chinese medicine , African Holistic Medicine. Historically, information was passed on from generation to generation. Traditional health systems used a  combination of cultural beliefs, religion,  social support and the food or herbs from their local environment to heal. Traditional Healing systems do not look to other regions or communities to heal, believe God has provided everything locally. Healing comes from using multiple modalities and isolating certain components ( ie only yoga, just herbs) was not considered appropriate historically speaking.
Because there has been disruption of ancient societies; through war, colonization, displacement and relocation, the methods used to ensure a healer was legitimately recognized by the community, no longer exist. Most healer are self -learned and it can be difficult to distinguish between those who truly have studied effective remedies versus those who make up their own.

Schools of holistic medicine , which includes integrative medicine , naturopathic medicine etc,  are specifically created to train healers . They require learning from an accredited institution. They generally exist in Westernized societies and therefore the holistic methods they teach or used have been considered alternative medicine. They believe in treating the whole person ( physical , emotional and spiritual) and therefore consider a  greater variety of treatment options, which can include meditation, herbs, diet etc. Schools of holistic medicine , will often mix and match treatments, meaning they may suggest an exercise that was part of Traditional Chinese Medicine , and an herb used in Native American cultures. This is more appropriate in westernized societies that contain different ethnic groups.
The biggest problem with most schools of holistic medicine is that they disconnect healing methods from its history and origin. They do not recognize that certain methods may not be universal and may be harmful to different groups. For example when St John's wart,  a natural medicine used in Europe was introduced in South Africa, the plant made cattle sick and also led to damage to neighboring plants. This was due to the photosensitivity of the plant , which was not made for hotter climates with more sun exposure. Because these schools exist in westernized societies, they also have a tendency to have very little knowledge of African , Caribbean, and South American (Indigenous) holistic medicine. This is largely due to a history of Western societies to minimize these civilizations and only recognize European and Asian civilizations and history.

At HEAL we are trained in integrative medicine , but take a traditional health philosophy. We try to keep recommendations culturally relevant . We are bringing wellness and holistic options to communities of color. Learn more at www. See Infogram below