Holism or holistic vision implies a vision of the whole integrated, of the whole and not only the parts that compose of it. The word holism comes from the Greek ‘he’ which translates as ‘all’ or ‘totality’.
The universe is multidimensional and therefore the solutions that we apply to any conflict or problem that we face must also be holistic. Although for practical reasons, we have become accustomed to reducing a subject of study to its parts in order to understand it, there is a risk of losing the vision altogether and if the approach is limited, the true solutions become elusive.
Holism in Health
According to the holistic view of health, the body is intelligent and given the conditions, it has the ability to heal itself. Perhaps the most serious problem facing the medical system is that it is based on a linear and non-holistic understanding of the human body, health and disease. For example, if you go to the doctor with gastritis, the professional will first try to confirm your diagnosis with an x-ray. Once the diagnosis is made, the doctor will prescribe you the specific treatment for that symptom and that specific finding. But a comprehensive and integrated vision of what is happening to the patient (holism) is lacking.
- Why is this symptom present now?
- What is the root of the symptoms?
- What will the body be trying to express?
These are the questions that are seldom formulated. If the doctor explores the context in which the symptoms occur, if the patient was more involved in his or her personal care, the two would find sources of mental, emotional, or chemical stress that might be contributing to the symptoms.
Without eradicating the environmental factors that affect every individual in the society, without prescribing a new diet and implementing a new lifestyle, it will happen that the person will depend on the doctor and the medication for a long time and the same applies to a mental health professional.
If you limit yourself to pharmacological solutions or certain therapies without taking into account the family situation, the patient’s history, lifestyle, you will not succeed in helping the patient in the long run.
A qualified holistic health practitioner avoids making a diagnosis for the reason that he or she sees health as a process and symptoms as a symbol or indication of the body about what changes are needed. Without understanding this, we cannot get good care of our body nor can we reach an ideal state of health at all.