I have recently come across several people who had heard the word "holistic" but hadn't actually grasped what it means or what holistic health is. So I took this as a prompt to try and clarify it in a simple way.
Let's start with the definition of the word "holistic".
characterized by the belief that the parts of something are interconnected and can be explained only by reference to the whole.
characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of an illness.
In today's fast-paced and increasingly mentally and emotionally stressful world, more and more people are seeking to create a balanced and holistic approach to their well-being. Holistic health focuses on treating the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - rather than just the symptoms of a specific physical issue. It recognises the interconnectedness of our physical, emotional, and mental worlds, and aims to restore and create overall balance.
What is holistic health?
Holistic health consists of a wide range of practices and therapies that address the root causes of imbalances rather than just focusing on the symptoms of an illness. It emphasises the importance of self-care, prevention, and self-healing. Some key areas of holistic health may include:
Benefits of holistic health
Some of the main benefits of holistic health may include:
Incorporating holistic health practices into your daily life doesn't have to be overwhelming. Here are a few practical tips to get started:
Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Ancient systems like Ayurveda (ancient Indian natural health system) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that have been used for thousands of years are based on a holistic view of the individual but also the world around us. They promote the interconnectedness of everything and empower us to take our health into our own hands and become responsible for our well-being.
This doesn't mean that we should exclude Western approaches to health and we should without a doubt seek medical help when needed, but we can learn a lot from these systems that can help guide us back to ourselves and to the natural world.
If you're interested in learning more about holistic health and how to restore and create more balance in your body, mind and spirit, get in touch.
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