The term 'holistic' has been thrown around a lot in the internet world lately. With the increase in popularity of alternative health and healing modalities as go-to therapies, I've found it's definitely a keyword that is starting to grab attention. But what exactly is holistic and what does it even mean? It obviously has something to do with what it sounds like, being "whole", but it's actually a bit more complex than that.
'Holistic' can be described as a comprehension of parts to something whole. In health and medicine, it means looking at the entire body in not only its physical anatomy and physiology, but a person's mental, spiritually, and emotional body. It takes into account every single factor influencing a person, whether tangible or not, to conclude a theory and put a treatment into place.
What happens is that the main problem was masked, and in masking problems it is undeniable that new problems will come into play. It can be a scary spiral downward if not watched carefully. And how did all of this happen? An approach to medicine that is too zoomed in and hyper-focused at solving one problem without paying attention to the health and well-being of the entire body, including the mental, emotional, and spiritual factors of influence, can have drastic consequences for the rest of the body.
Why is holistic medicine remarkable? It solves the problem, it's long lasting, it has ZERO side effects, and it works.