Holistic healing indicates taking a holistic approach when seeking treatment for imbalances and choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle. What mainly distinguishes holistic healing apart from complementary medicine, alternative medicine, and integrative medicine are that physical health is not necessarily the primary focus. However, it is often the experience of physical discomfort that will first prompt a person’s pursuit of holistic healing.
It is true that our discomforts and other physical discomforts demand our attention. This is where the saying is standing out like a sore thumb from originated. It is challenging to ignore when we are physically hurt. Common sense informs us that we should seek help to alleviate our discomforts. Holistic healing is not an alternative to standard medical care. In some cases, going to a medical professional is the best solution to addressing a disease.
Physical illnesses are the signs of a more significant imbalance that may not or may have a root cause. “Wholistic” or Holistic healing addresses all parts of the person, not only the physical aspect but manifested illnesses are also most apparent. Holistic healing is not intended to act as a band-aid or a onetime fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery looking for more answers and ultimately; living better, being healthier, and striving for wholeness.
Holistic Healing Exceeds the Mind-Body Connection
Holistic healing is truly a lifestyle approach. The holistic approach goes beyond the Mind-Body connection of finding and keeping wellness. Overall wellness and “wholeness” is extremely valued. Physical healing, mental health and wellness, emotional wellness, value, and spiritual beliefs are considered. Taking a holistic method involves seeking the tools that will help us attract our desires and find personal power.
A person who accepts the desire to find wholeness within his being learns the importance of tending to relationships, having compassion for humankind, caring for the planets and our environments and tolerating and accepting differences among a diverse population of people.
Role of the Holistic Healer
The holistic healer acknowledges that our discomforts or pains are merely symptoms of an imbalance. The imbalance could be a physical problem, the result of abusing the physical body through lack of workout, an unhealthy diet, or too little sleep. Or, the imbalance may be a result of emotional, mental, or spiritual needs not being satisfied. No element (mind, body, spirit, or feelings) of a person is neglected when a holistic treatment is sought.
The holistic healer looks the “whole person” to make his or her complete evaluation and uses all details gathered from suggested treatments to the client are offered. Remember, not all holistic healers are equal; each has his or her own expertise or specialty to offer. It will benefit you to search for a good fit. Choosing to go a holistic healer is no different from selecting a medical professional. You decide.
Types of Therapies and Treatments
The types of holistic treatments available are diverse and extensive:
- Ayurveda medicine
- Natural diet
- Vibrational medicine
- Spiritual counseling
- Naturopathic Medicine
- Energy-based therapies
- Chinese Medicine
- Prayerful intention
Definition of Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medicine is a word used when therapies exist as an option to Western or conventional medical treatments.
Definition of Complementary Medicine
Complementary Medicine is a word used when therapies are being used in conjunction with western or conventional medical treatments.
Definition of Integrative Medicine
Integrative Medicine was the new “buzz” term used mainly by mainstreamers in the 1990s. This was the time when more medical professionals were opening their eyes to the Mind-Body connection. Alternative therapies were no longer automatically evaluated as quackery or far-afield from acceptable. Some treatments were integrated into the mainstream. Massage therapy, acupuncture, visualization and meditation, and chiropractic medicine were among the first therapies to be incorporated into established medical care programs.