In philosophy holistic is the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. With holistic healing or holistic medicine we look at the bigger picture. Jan Smuts the great South African statesman coined a phrase in 1926 expressing the essence of ‘holism’ as; “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
In medicine and health ‘holistic’ refers to the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of disease, and as such, the approach is to treat the whole person and not just one specific organ or body part.
Rather than focusing too narrowly on specific symptoms, holistic medicine attempts to treat the ‘whole person’ with an emphasis on the connections between body, mind and spirit not as separates but as a whole or complete system and with a strong connection to practices from eastern traditions such as yoga and acupuncture etc.
There is now an increasing awareness of the importance of taking responsibility for our own health and well-being. With the increasing popularity of alternative healing practices and complementary medicine plus the wide range of self-help courses, books, workshops and social media information, people can now avail of information and have a clearer understanding of the importance of addressing what they can do for themselves in the line of preventative measures to avoid sickness, disease and ill health and maintaining wellness and better health.
What is Holistic medicine?
Holistic medicine is a form of healing whereby the person with a health issue or health concern is treated not for a particular symptom but as a whole – holistically. With this approach it is not only the physical body that is considered but also the importance of taking into consideration the emotional body and mental body in relation to the connection between a physical injury, trauma or an event that may also have an effect on the person emotionally, mentally or spiritually.
What is the primary goal of holistic healing / medicine?
The primary goal of holistic medicine practice is to achieve optimal health. When our life-force energy is flowing freely and uninterrupted we are healthy, however illness, sickness and disease may set in if our energies become blocked on any level of our energy field. This is why it is so important to try and achieve and maintain balance in all aspects of life; physically, emotionally and mentally.