What is Holistic Health?
W/Holistic* health according to the free dictionary is a system of preventive care that takes into account the whole individual, one's own responsibility for one's well-being, and the total influences—social, psychological, environmental—that affect health, including nutrition, exercise, and mental relaxation. Holistic medicine encompasses a wide range of approaches, including integrated treatments, self-help, communication, environmental, spiritual and education. Holistic (and sometimes wholistic*) approaches are general terms used to describe whole care systems including the modalities provided by a Complimentary and Integrative Medicine Practitioner or Holistic Health Practitioner. (See difference between Holistic and Wholistic below)
Where is the intersection between holistic health and spiritual health?
According to the American Holistic Health Association, spiritual health is often the most overlooked aspect of healing. It is the ultimate goal of holistic medicine which leads to a heightened awareness of the Divine Spirit referred to by all religions. For metaphysical practitioners, we see spiritual health as the most foundational aspect within a complimentary and integrative healing practice.
What is Complimentary and Integrative Medicine?
There are countless practices in the US which are categorized as Complimentary and Integrative Medicine (CAM). These include a wide variety of systems and products that are not currently considered within the scope of conventional Western medicine. They include Reiki, massage therapy, chiropractic care, sound therapy, movement, color and a host of other modalities both ancient and new.
How common is Complimentary and Integrative Medicine (CAM)?
The World Health Organization states that roughly 65-80% of people worldwide use some form of Complimentary and Integrative Medicine or CAM. The use of CAM is much higher in parts of the world where these systems have thrived more freely for centuries such as the far East, Africa, and part of Europe. Keep in mind, these therapies are not new to the US. They have always been part of the medicine toolkit of some households. In others they may have been suppressed, overlooked, or under-utilized. Today, because of skyrocketing healthcare costs, workforce shortage, and the growing acceptance of evidenced-based research, CAM is increasingly becoming more accessible and mainstream.
In addition, some view CAM and holistic practices are naturally more integrated healing practice that treats the whole person instead of individual parts. Regardless of the reasons, CAM can be part of your toolkit as well. Because, I've always practiced some form of CAM since birth. Both as a necessity and by choice. I've also worked with parts of CAM as a fitness trainer, spiritualist, and mentor. It was a natural fit for me to establish a professional practice to help others do the same.
What are the types of CAM available in the US?
To make sense of the various practices available, The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) break CAM down into the following categories.
WHOLISTC or holistic – which is correct?
According to English Language & Usage Stack Exchange, "Holistic" is the formal academic spelling of the word, while "wholistic" is an Anglican version of the spelling. Both spellings are informally recognized, and both have the same effectual meaning.
Please note: *It's generally agreed that holistic is the correct spelling. However, as someone who practices mind healing and know that words and the spelling of a word has power, I have chosen to use the spelling which denotes WHOLENESS instead of HOLENESS. You can use whichever is most appropriate for you.
Copyright 2018 by Irmina Ulysse
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