Managing wellness and dis-ease with holistic approaches means no longer assuming a dominant role over the human body, but an equal one, providing the patient with the right amount of care and all round healthy treatments which in combination improve self esteem, outlook, reduce stress, and aid healing.
In the past, claims of placebo have caused people to scoff at the entire concept of holistic therapy. This is an arrogant standpoint. From where I see things, if a person is able to get better, how dare another person refuse them that? Placebo basically means “we don't know how it works, so we will assume they're making it up”. This explanation completely undermines the body's amazing ability to heal itself. So what if they don't understand it, or if rudimentary material sciences cannot explain away the immediate and beneficial effects of such treatments, it doesn't give anyone the right to deny that the results are true, or that no one is allowed to make use of the fact this really works.
For many people, holistic approaches work very well. For myself, I like to use meditation and Reiki. Having been trained as a Reiki practitioner and established good meditation routines, this combination works well. Other people like other things, and this is fine. Homeopathy has been a successful way of treating people with various complaints for many years, and seeing as it works, and has been proven to work, placebo or not, it must be a good thing.