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What Do I Mean by a Holistic Approach to Health and Healing?

· Healing,Holism

The idea that the mind and body are connected and interdependent is ancient wisdom. The idea of 'holism' has it's roots in ancient Greece; however, this term was coined in 1926 by Jan Christaan Smuts, author of Holism and Evolution. Holism is a theory that suggests the whole is regarded as greater than the sum of its parts (the parts being interconnected and viewed in the context of the whole). Hippocrates was a healer who treated patients as a whole, and cultivated the idea that the body really has a natural and innate ability to heal itself.

Holistic health arose out of the idea of holism. Holistic health implies focusing on the whole of a person--the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of who we are, and also the interplay between these parts. Holistic healing is an approach that encompasses the whole of a person and that seeks to find the root causes of unwellness in order to help you live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Holistic health is often associated with therapies, but it is not, in itself, a modality. Holistic health therapies include: chiropractic; naturopathic medicine; massage; yoga; meditation; reflexology; Reiki; nutrition counseling; meditation; accupuncture; accupressure; and, other similar therapies which are termed 'alternative' or 'complementary' to conventional and mainstream health practices.

While quick-fixes are appealing to many in the short-term, they rarely offer enduring relief. A holistic approach is one that empowers you to seek the root causes of what ails you; and, allows your innate healing abilities to help you find balance in mind, body, and spirit. Holistic healing is a lifestyle. It's about feeling good, living good, and finding wholeness in the healing process.

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (The Teaching of Buddha)


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