Holism emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit. The principles of holistic health are based on the law of nature that a whole is made up of interdependent parts. The earth is made up of systems, such as air, land, water, fire, plants and animals. If life is to be sustained, they cannot be separated, for what is happening to one is also felt by all the other systems.
In the same way, an individual person is a whole made up of interdependent parts, which are the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. When one part is not working at its best, it impacts all of the other parts of that person and their life experience.
The goal of holistic health is to achieve maximum well-being, in which every part of a person’s life is functioning as best as possible. The principles of holistic health helps people to accept responsibility for their own level of well-being, and everyday choices are used to take charge of one’s own health. The premise of holistic health is so much more than just not being sick. Holistic health as a lifestyle includes a personal commitment to moving toward overall wellness, even when there are temporary setbacks.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the key factors influencing an individual’s state of health are:© Quality of medical care is only 10% © Heredity accounts for 18% © Environment is 19% © Everyday lifestyle choices are 53%.
The decisions people make about their life, thoughts, emotions, relationships, and habits are therefore, by far the largest factor in determining their state of wellness.
When disease and chronic conditions do occur holistic health principles can also be applied. The term is usually changed to Holistic Medicine or Complementary and Alternative Practices and additional factors are added. The healthcare professionals using the holistic approach work in partnership with their patients. They recommend treatments that support the body’s natural healing system and consider the whole person and the whole situation. Such techniques could include non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical techniques such as Medical Herbalism, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Reiki, Coaching, and many others.
A holistic approach to healing goes beyond just eliminating symptoms. For example, taking an aspirin for a headache would be like disconnecting the oil light on the dash of a car when it flashes. The irritation is eliminated, but the real problem still exists. In holistic medicine, a symptom is considered a message that something needs attention. The symptom is used as a guide to look below the surface for the root cause. Then the source or sources of the issue can be addressed.
The Limitations of Holistic Health
Just as conventional medicine has its limitations so does holistic medicine. People with acute trauma or chronic illness that do not attempt to integrate traditional allopathic medicine in their treatment plan may increase their healing time or shorten their life span.
The Benefits of Integrated Medicine Utilizing Holistic Health
By integrating allopathic and holistic modalities, you may be able to reach higher levels of all over wellness as well as prevent illness completely. By integrating these practices and choosing positive lifestyle changes, your chances to enjoy vitality and well-being till the end of life is greatly increased. There is no reason to be old and ill if you begin to adopt a holistic approach to wellness. Even if you are experiencing a chronic illness it is never too late to adopt holistic health practices! The emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits may be just what someone needs to manage chronic physical challenges. If you stay motivated to continue this process throughout you life, chronic illness may decrease in intensity and length or disappear altogether with the integration process.
Be sure to meet and visit with the practitioners at HWY108 to discover the benefits of each modality offered! Open up your heart and mind and be prepared to be HEALTHY!
Elizabeth Sabet is a Life Coach at HWY108. She continues to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the principles of holism in the fields of integrated health, parenting, community relations, team building, business, and spiritual development. Her background is in administrative law dispute resolution, training and the management of early childhood programs.