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Research Article

Clinical Holistic Health: Advanced Tools for Holistic Medicine

1Nordic School of Holistic Medicine, Teglgårdstræde 4-8, DK-1452 Copenhagen K, Denmark
2Quality of Life Research Clinic, Teglgårdstræde 4-8, DK-1452 Copenhagen K, Denmark
3Quality of Life Research Center, Teglgårdstræde 4-8, DK-1452 Copenhagen K, Denmark
4Scandinavian Foundation for Holistic Medicine, Sandvika, Norway
5Vejlby Lokalcenter, Vejlby, Denmark
6National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
7Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
8Zusman Child Development Center, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
9Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
10Office of the Medical Director, Division for Mental Retardation, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel

Received 1 September 2005; Revised 7 January 2006; Accepted 8 January 2006

Academic Editor: Daniel T.L. Shek

Copyright © 2006 Søren Ventegodt et al.


According to holistic medical theory, the patient will heal when old painful moments, the traumatic events of life that are often called “gestalts”, are integrated in the present “now”. The advanced holistic physician’s expanded toolbox has many different tools to induce this healing, some that are more dangerous and potentially traumatic than others. The more intense the therapeutic technique, the more emotional energy will be released and contained in the session, but the higher also is the risk for the therapist to lose control of the session and lose the patient to his or her own dark side. To avoid harming the patient must be the highest priority in holistic existential therapy, making sufficient education and training an issue of highest importance. The concept of “stepping up” the therapy by using more and more “dramatic” methods to get access to repressed emotions and events has led us to a “therapeutic staircase” with ten steps: (1) establishing the relationship; (2) establishing intimacy, trust, and confidentiality; (3) giving support and holding; (4) taking the patient into the process of physical, emotional, and mental healing; (5) social healing of being in the family; (6) spiritual healing — returning to the abstract wholeness of the soul; (7) healing the informational layer of the body; (8) healing the three fundamental dimensions of existence: love, power, and sexuality in a direct way using, among other techniques, “controlled violence” and “acupressure through the vagina”; (9) mind-expanding and consciousness-transformative techniques like psychotropic drugs; and (10) techniques transgressing the patient's borders and, therefore, often traumatizing (for instance, the use of force against the will of the patient).We believe that the systematic use of the staircase will greatly improve the power and efficiency of holistic medicine for the patient and we invite a broad cooperation in scientifically testing the efficiency of the advanced holistic medical toolbox on the many chronic patients in need of a cure. The level-8 tools can traumatize the patient if used incorrectly. Some of the level 9 tools and most of the level-10 tools can be severely traumatising for the patient, even when used correctly, so there must be compelling reasons for using them, and the patient must know, understand, and accept the risk before the onset of treatment.