The holistic approach to health and wellness. Holistic this and holistic that. You hear the term “holistic” bantered around more nowadays than the next plot twist in a “Twilight” film. That’s great, but what does it REALLY mean, anyway? Good question.
Holism is the philosophy that recognizes the interrelation of all things – the sum of the parts that can’t be seperated. We are now seeing a return to this viewpoint within our Western philosophy and not a moment too soon. The rate of “incurable” diseases is growing, less and less people are satisfied with their level of healthcare, and we continue to pollute our Earth which is responsible for our entire existence. The holistic way of life offers us another way to look at things. The holistic approach to health and well-being is wonderful because it encompasses so much more than just treating symptoms, or becoming statistics. The holistic view sees the whole individual – body, mind, and spirit. It recognizes that we exist on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels as well.
Let’s use Hives as an example. Hives are an allergic reaction that occurs causing small, itchy, annoying red bumps on the skin. YUCK! They can be both acute or chronic and the physical cause is often never identified. The holistic philosophy sees the hives as a physical symptom which is also a reflection of the other levels of being. Holistic has become synonymous with “natural” treatments and remedies, and they can offer many alternatives that resonate (energetically) more closely with our bodies than drugs do. They may include Herbs, Homeopathy, Energy Medicine, Supplements, Yoga, Meditation, etc. Natural interventions are not to be taken lightly, but there is something very nurturing about being supported by that which comes from the Earth itself. For hives there is ginger root tea to bathe in, or chamomile tea as a wash to help alleviate the itch-and-scratch-and-itch-and-scratch, or alfalfa or stinging nettle leaves internally to help the body recover.
Homepathy looks at the individual circumstances and symptoms that are occuring along with the hives and addresses them just as uniquely. Going even further, the holistic approach questions the mental and emotional causes of the condition or symptoms (You know the old expression “It’s all in your head.”? Well, it’s actually more truthful than you might have imagined!). In this case with the hives, there is often a correlation between feeling fear over all the little things in life and letting them bog you down emotionally. If this emotion and the thought pattern surrounding it is not dealt with, the hives will either continue or even get worse. When it it addressed and released (consciously or unconsciously), we heal. Our bodies are wiser than we give them credit for and they are completely capable of healing themselves in miraculous ways as long as we remember to see ourselves as more than just the sum of our parts.
In the holistic view of life, there is agreement that we are all one (humans, plants, animals, and minerals alike) and share the connection of being alive and going through this experience together, so the way we treat others is the way we are treating ourselves. As we continue to move forward into what can sometimes feel like a scary and uncertain future, adopting a holistic view can certainly enhance your health and wellbeing! Peace!