Holistic Healing


Holistic Healing - The Shorter Oxford Dictionary defines holism as a "theory or principle of a tendency in nature to form or produce organized wholes which are more than mere sum of the component units", and in particular "the application of this theory in medicine, involving the treatment of the whole person rather than the physical symptoms alone."

Holism says that everything in your life is linked. Your job security, your family relationships, spiritual beliefs and hobbies, the clothes you wear, the exercise you take, and the way you feel about yourself and your life are all relevant to your health. There is no sense in isolating one aspect and treating that alone. Sensible physicians look at the whole person.

The idea of holism is not knew in medicine. The Hippocratic Collection is a series of treatises on health and medical ethics and the source of Hippocratic oath sworn by doctors when they graduate. Their date from before 375 BC. Their author, the Greek physician Hippocrates, taught that patients should be seen as a whole, and that doctors should spend time looking at people rather than diseases.


Definitions of Holistic Healing found on the Web

  • An approach to treatment that involves considering the entire body as a complete system rather than focussing on particular body parts or systems. www.bcaction.org/Pages/SearchablePages/2000Newsletters/Newsletter061O.html

  • Sometimes spelt wholistic. Holistic healing means targeted to the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. Holistic medicine considers not only physical health but also the emotional, spiritual, social, and mental well-being of the person. www.spiritual.com.au/dictionary/dict_h.html

  • That which seeks to take the whole body, soul and mind into consideration in any prognosis or interpretation. www.astrologyparlor.com/features/glossary.html

  • Holistic healing as a term used often in complementary and alternative therapies to emphasize and describe the whole body approach – the integration of mind, body and spirit. pmti.org/PMTI/glossary.htm

  • Looking at the whole person. homepage.ntlworld.com/rochelle/glossary.htm

  • Refers to the practice of using all components of an entity to make it complete. www.mccfl.edu/Faculty/RizkF/Old%20Web%20Site/ISC1143/Glossary.htm

  • Adj. Concerned with or dealing with the whole or integrated systems rather than with their parts. www.dh-systems.com/terms.html

  • Meaning the whole (sometimes spelled wholistic), more specifically meaning that all things are connected, there is cause & effect in a holistic understanding, though we often have to search a little harder for the cause than in a simple newtonian world. www.halonet.org/define.html

  • Viewing a system as greater than the sum of its component parts. ie: 2 + 2 = 5. www.convertingloop.com/pp_mag/paperhelp/15_2_3.shtml

  • Able to perceive and understand the "big picture" without dwelling on individual elements of an idea, concept, or situation. Can see the wood as contrasted with the trees. www.hbdi-uk.com/t_profile/glossary.asp

  • Emphasizing the organic or functional relation between parts and the whole .www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn


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