Why can't being holistic take a western medical diagnosis into account, if by definition it includes consideration of all things. I don't mean a western diagnosis should form the basis of any TCM treatment, ever, but if it could help it should be given a hearing. An example: at uni in the herb clinic a patient came in with a stomach ulcer. The diagnosis and herbs were based on TCM, but one herb was also added because it had been shown to be effective against the bacterium in question. That one herb was based on the western diagnosis, and the practitioner is a brilliant practitioner, does this mean she wasn't being holistic?
I actually really don't like the term holistic, for me it has too much of a hippy connotation. For some reason I just don't see TCM moving into hositals or main stream medicine with the term "holistic" attached to it.