Holistic health and well being is basically the practice of treating the body as a whole - the whole mind, body and spirit. The Western approach to health care is based on the view that the body is seen as a combination of separate parts that form the whole. Therefore a traditional health care provider may seek to treat various symptoms presented without considering other factors which may be at play.A Holistic Wellness practitioner will seek to find the root cause of your symptoms and treat all accordingly.
"The Holistic philosophy is to nurture and nourish the entire being - the Body, the Mind, and the Spirit. If we ignore any of these areas we are incomplete; we lack wholeness. It doesn't matter where we start as long as we include the other areas." - Louise Haye
Holistic medicine and therapy treatments is a form of healing that considers the whole person - body,mind,spirit and indeed emotions. One can achieve optimal health - the primary goal of holistic medicine practice - by gaining proper balance in life. Since holistic practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way if people have imbalances in their lives ( physical, emotional or spiritual ),it can negatively affect their overall health.
Holistic medicine is also based on the belief that unconditional love and support is the most powerful healer and a person is ultimately responsible for their own health and well being. Other principles of holistic medicine include :
- Everyone has innate healing powers
- The patient is a person, not a disease
- -Healing addresses all aspects of a person's life
- Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms.