Holistic healing is an approach to health and wellness that takes into consideration the whole person, addressing their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being, spiritual values, social lifestyle, and interaction with the environment. Holistic (or “wholistic”) health is based on the natural principle that the whole is comprised of inter-reliant parts, and that when one part is not functioning at optimum levels, it impacts all of the other parts.
Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health — the primary goal of holistic medicine practice — by gaining proper balance in life.
Holistic medicine 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 (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.
Principles of Holistic Medicine
- All people have innate healing powers
- The patient is a person, not a disease
- Healing takes a team approach involving the patient and doctor, and addresses all aspects of a person’s life using a variety of health care practices
- Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms
Homeopathy is a science following the principles of wholistic healing and considers an individual’s disease as indication of an imbalance in our system and considers all aspects of a person in evaluating the condition and appropriate treatment, rather than merely looking at outside sources as the cause of the problem. Imbalances can stem from unhealthy lifestyle choices such as a poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep deprivation as well as from unfulfilled emotional, mental and spiritual needs.