Wholistic vs Holistic

We wanted to provide you with a clear explanation about the difference between 'Wholistic' and 'Holistic'. Especially since this site uses both terms. 


Our site uses this term Holistic relating to Holistic Nutrition since the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition provides the designation of Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Wholisticbaby.com aims to consider the whole person, including mind, body and spirit.


"Wholistic" refers to a whole or whole body; taking into consideration the whole body or person. Wholistic means considering the mind, body and spirit.


"Holistic" is defined as, or relating to Holism


The Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine provided the following differentiation.


"Holistic emphasizes the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.  Concerned with wholes rather than analysis or separation into parts. Dictionary.com explains holistic as identifying with principles of holism in a "system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside

the mainstream of scientific medicine, as [homeopathy],naturopathy or chiropractic, and usually

involving nutritional measures."

the word holistic is derived from Holism. Holism is inclusive of wholistic, but also with the notion that reality is an interconnected whole. The term holism was coined in 1926 by Jan Smuts. His definition of holism echoed the concept "The whole is different from the sum of its parts."

That being said the difference in the two words is that holistic has a socio-cultural significance and meaning and should be used in the english language as such. Holistic can be used differently from culture to culture, but it tends to be aquainted with a philosophy or with healthy living. Whereas, wholistic simply means taking into consideration the mind, body and spirit - the whole being."




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