You may have heard of holistic health, as it is a lifestyle approach that is becoming more popular. Interestingly, the majority of holistic health practices are traditional and ancient medicine that have been around for centuries.
What Is Holistic Health?
Holistic health takes a whole-person approach to health and healing that includes body, mind, and soul as well as environmental qualities of everyday living. A holistic approach reminds you that the whole is made up of many interdependent parts. In the case of the individual, when one part is out of balance or neglected, it affects the other parts.
Holistic health puts the majority of health in the hands of the individual, through mindful and informed choices, self-study, education, and a way of life that is in harmony with nature. Holistic health practitioners and modalities are constructed to support the individual in a whole-person healthy way of living.
Health and healing take personal choice, observation, and commitment—learning to tune into your experience and learn what works, what exacerbates symptoms, and what nourishes your whole being.
Learning the basics of holistic health may help you navigate your health and healing with mindfulness and inspiration to strongly guide you on your quest. Keep reading for a beginners guide to holistic health!
Benefits of Holistic Health
There are many benefits to integrating holistic health practices into your daily life:
- Treating the common cold
- Decreasing inflammation in the body
- Alleviating daily stress
- Adding in supplements, foods, or daily practices that are helpful additions to accelerate feeling your best
For example, zinc and elderberry, two natural remedies, have been shown to shorten the duration of the common cold. Turmeric, a well-known root, has been shown to lower systemic inflammation and symptoms in patients with arthritis. Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic pain. Aromatherapy has been shown to support healthy sleep and reduce levels of anxiety of cardio stent insertion patients in an ICU.
There are a wide variety of holistic health treatments and protocols from many traditions around the world. Finding a modality that works for you and that works with any other medical treatment or medication you are taking is surely worth looking into.
Many folks choose to add in holistic living practices along with more conventional treatments—this is known as complementary or integrative medicine. In many cases, some of the more ancient holistic health practices have even been incorporated into standard medical care.
Some holistic health modalities require a trained practitioner, while others can be self-taught mind-body practices to explore on your own—such as meditation or yoga. Here are a few holistic healthcare modalities for you to explore.