Holistic health is not your conventional kind of health care.
It goes beyond prescribing medicine and planning interventions that might address the physical component of a disease but can never solve the other issues a sick person might be dealing with emotionally or psychologically.
So why might you consider holistic health?
Here are some of the key principles of the holistic health practice which should give you a clear idea what it is all about and why it is worth considering if your health is not doing well.
The body is made up of interdependent parts
There is a law in nature that states that everything is interconnected. When one part of the system is having problems, the entire system is affected one way or the other.
The holistic health approach subscribes to this law of nature and understands that diseases are not only caused by physical factors or can affect the physical body. After all, some (most?) health problems can also have emotional, psychological, and spiritual causes which can affect the entire system of the body.
Holistic health practitioners are therefore more experienced in knowing your overall condition than just asking about your physical symptoms.
What you often receive is a more effective treatment process for your illness.
Health and wellness is not just the absence of sickness
This is perhaps one of the best attributes of the holistic health practice… it does not simply focus on the physical symptoms of an illness.
It also seeks to optimize health – where the absence of sickness can be complimented with peace of mind, healthy life choices, balanced lifestyle, and stress-free existence.
Holistic health is therefore an ongoing process that keeps on moving forward to the overall wellness of a person.
Holism is a committed pursuit to keep on getting healthy and achieve the goal where wellness is perfected in the sense that lifestyle choices do not harm the body or even improves its overall condition.
Lifestyle is the key to holistic health
Research has shown that the state of health of a person is influenced by:
- environment (19%)
- heredity (18%)
- and quality of medical care (10%)
However, the most influential factor seen by the research of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a person’s lifestyle choices.
This has an ongoing impact of the health condition of an individual that when this is addressed early on, a host of diseases can be prevented. There are well known factors that affect our health that are often downplayed by many people, such as alcohol, nicotine, drugs, unprotected sex, and unhealthy diets.
These are often complimented with lack of exercise, bad food choices, and self esteem issues.
With all these in play you can be sure that illness will slowly take hold of a body that is out of balance, suffering from poor nutrition, and other stresses that result from certain choices.
Additionally, people who are suffering from degenerative diseases can often feel a range of negative feelings and emotions that can contribute to the overall health of that person.
Holistic health therefore believes that everyday lifestyle choices holds the key towards good health.
From these principles you can really appreciate what holistic health is all about. There is more to sickness than meets the eye and those intangible things hold the secret to addressing most of the health issues of modern society.