The Principles of Holistic Health

Canna lillyHolistic Health is based on a series of propositions subscribed to by an increasing number of professionals and laymen.  The following ideas, still new to many people, are at the core of Holistic Health:

  1. Human beings are living energy systems rather than an arrangement of parts.  Any disturbance in the body, mind or spirit reflects a disturbance in the whole system.
  2. There is no illness of the body without a corresponding disturbance in the mind and spirit. Conversely, every spiritual and emotional illness is reflected in the body.
  3. Holistic Health is not a religion, but it does recognize that there is a spiritual dimension of man, which connects him to all other beings and to the universe.  When his relationship to other people, to nature and to the universal forces become disturbed, man is disturbed.
  4. Holistic Health means recognizing the spiritual dimension of healing as well as the power of the body to heal the mind and the power of the mind to heal the body.
  5. The most sensible approach to illness is to maintain health, which means realizing one’s physical, mental and spiritual potential.
  6. Healing is a natural process. The practitioner provides the conditions, under which the person’s natural healing ability is strengthened.
  7. Every possible way of helping and healing, from conventional medicine to faith, may be a tool for holistic treatment.
  8. Recognizing that a disturbed part is reflecting a disturbance of the person as a whole, the holistic practitioner employs the resources of others, where possible, to provide complete health care for the individual.
  9. Natural, low-risk methods, which mobilize the individual’s healing resources take precedence over drugs, surgery and other hazardous therapies wherever possible.
  10. Holistic Health practitioners do not deny the value of conventional therapies and treatments.  Rather, they see them as one way, among others, to be utilized according to the nature of the problem.
  11. Self-help and self-care are fundamental principles of Holistic Health. Each individual has responsibility for maintaining his/her own health. Dependence on the practitioner is minimized, and every holistic practitioner must help the person learn how to help themselves.
  12. There are many paths to self-realization.  The Holistic approach recognizes that each person is unique and it attempts to provide the information to help each individual find his/her own way.