What Is A Holistic Approach To Health?
Holistic medicine is a form of healing that takes the entire person into account.
Holism is based on the idea of the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts, so that all the elements that make up a human being are considered to promote optimal health and wellness. Holistic practitioners use a variety of treatment techniques to help their patients take responsibility for their own well-being and achieve optimal health
Healing is promoted by treating the entirety of the person based on the principal that when one part is out of balance, it causes the entire system to become imbalanced.
Before getting into how you can improve your health, take a moment to think about the impact of holistic approaches to enhancing your physical and mental health.
Consider how addressing your overall wellbeing with the purpose of promoting good health, is much more effective than waiting to get sick and treating the condition.
Most people believe that wellness is a focus on aspects of physical health such as diet and exercise. These are definitely important factors, however, a holistic approach to wellness also includes the body, the mind, and the spirit. Wellness as a state of health involves many dimensions that make up your whole person.
The holistic approach is both unique and highly functional because instead of targeting the symptoms of a certain disease, as conventional medicine does, it focuses on the whole person, and the root causes of illness and un-wellness targeting the three key areas of a person’s being – body, mind, and spirit.
Holistic approaches use natural methods in promoting good health, and when the goal is overall wellness, lifestyle choices and habit changes focus on prevention and proliferation of good health of mind, body, and spirit rather than the treatment of disease after a diagnosis has been made.
Don’t go to just anyone. As with all professionals, there are those who are good at their jobs and those who are not as good. Do your homework. When selecting a holistic doctor, find out as much as you can about that person’s training, experience, specialty, and association with professional organizations.
How do you feel?
Consider how comfortable you are with the provider. Does he or she make you feel at ease? Is the provider respectful of your concerns and beliefs?
The good news is, these things are possible for you. Within yourself, you have the power needed to create wellness in your life. It’s your choice.