Holistic healing addresses the underlying causes of illness or disease from the perspective of the whole person as opposed to addressing the symptoms only.
This type of healing incorporates the concept of holism—the idea that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts.
Thus, holistic medicine is a system of healing therapeutics, typically outside mainstream scientific medicine, which might involve various modalities such as naturopathy, homeopathy, psychotherapy, nutrition therapy, as well as various stress relief aids.
You might be wondering what constitutes a “whole person” anyway? This term will obviously mean different things to different people, but I think most people will agree that we all experience life in at least four different aspects of being.
The four key aspects of being include the spiritual (fire), mental (air), emotional (water), and physical (earth).
According to quantum physics, the essence of all life is energy. This is not theory; it is fact.
We also know that to a large degree, whether energy flows freely within us or not determines our health, happiness, success, and longevity.
Thus, blockages in the physical body, the psyche, or even the spirit can lead to disturbances in the natural energy flow in the body.
According to ancient Chinese medicine, these blockages of energy, in the most simplistic terms, are the cause of disease.
The flow of energy in our physical body has a lot to do with water. Since most adult bodies are composed of at least 70% water, it is easy to understand how important it is to stay hydrated.
Just think of the difference between a flowing stream of water in the mountains compared to a stagnant pool of water that is drying up. The flowing stream is clean and charged with electrical energy, whereas the stagnant water is dirty and harbors unhealthy microorganisms.
When our bodies are dehydrated, the tissues become dry, the colon becomes constipated, the blood becomes sticky and thicker, and cells do not get adequate hydration, nutrients, and oxygenation.
Water is a solvent and the primary means of transport in the body. Water regulates all functions of the body, including the activity of the solutes it carries throughout the body.
Water delivers key nutrients, enzymes, hormones and other essential substances to tissue and cells, and adequate water is needed to safely and effectively remove toxins through the processes of detoxification.
This means that we need to be drinking enough water on a daily basis to stay hydrated and to facilitate movement and energy flow in the physical body.
Medical researchers estimate that about 80 percent of all doctor visits are stress related!
The stress response in the body often arises out of habitual patterns of thinking that create undesirable emotions such as anxiety, depression, unhappiness, fear, and agitation.
These emotions, in turn, produce chemical messengers in the body that wreak havoc at the cellular level and decrease immunity.
As human beings, we cannot escape stress, but we can manage stress factors through lifestyle choices and retrain our minds to perceive stressors and life challenges differently.
Thus, a holist healing approach will incorporate various modalities to support the body’s response to stress, or even to help change levels of self-awareness, limited perspectives, unhealthy relationships or deep-seated psychological issues.
The spiritual aspect of holistic healing is not determined so much by religious beliefs as it is by one’s inner sense of purpose and oneness with life.
Some define that life as Love or God or Spirit or Universal Light. Whatever we call it, the spiritual connection for many is at the core of one’s “wholeness” or sense of well being.
I believe ALL healing naturally spirals outward from the spiritual center of being, through our thoughts and feelings, and finally into the physical body.
From the holistic health perspective, if we are truly looking for healing, the first place to look is within.
The current medical term for this type of guided introspection, which is being used at a few well-known cancer clinics, is psycho-spiritual therapy.
From my experience, I surmise that the psycho-spiritual aspect contributes at least 75 to 80 percent to one’s health—and yet it is largely ignored!
The remaining 20 to 25 percent is the physical aspect, which involves focusing primarily on removing toxins and giving the body the essential nutrients it needs to do what it does best—to thrive.
In summary, the holistic healing approach is not a quick fix and thus it’s probably not for everyone.
It’s for people who are willing to take responsibility for their health and are looking for long-lasting results.
A qualified holistic health practitioner can help guide someone on their journey and provide valuable resources.