Understanding the Holistic Care Approach & Why It Matters
The holistic care approach is becoming more understood and acceptable by many people around the world. People now are running after holistic healing more than ever before.
The problem though is that there are many people that still don’t get what it is. As a homeopath, I hear so many misconceptions of what holistic healing is and how it works from clients, other people, and even doctors!
What Many People Think Holistic Care Is
Most people get that holistic care involves treating the “entire person” and not just one “part” of the person. The problem with this though is that this definition is very unclear, which leads to the wrong conclusions.
This leads to questions. Is it the entire physical body? Or just an entire system of the body? Maybe it’s referring to just the entire mental or emotional realm of a person.
If you want to get spiritual, maybe it refers to the entire energetic aspect of the person?
Because it’s so unclear, people get confused and label certain medicines as holistic when really they aren’t at all.
I see this all the time. Every time I meet a new person and they ask me what I do, I explain to them that I’m a student-homeopath. Their response: “oh cool, it’s like holistic, like herbal medicine, right?
I wrote about this similar issue regarding the misconception that homeopathy is similar to herbal medicine. I wrote about how homeopathy is truly holistic, whereas herbal medicine is basically the complete opposite approach.
When I give my explanation of what true holistic healing is, the listeners are usually amazed, as if they heard something like this for the first time in their lives. Actually for some, it is.
Now let’s get to the bottom of this….
The True Meaning of Holistic Care
Holistic care or healing means that the therapy promotes health on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally, and even energetically.
In other words, the goal isn’t just to fix one’s depression, or back pain, or ear infections. The goal is to rebalance the entire person so that all of the physical, emotional, and mental derangements are put back into place.
Think of it as a puzzle piece.
If you only focus on a single piece, you will miss out on solving the entire puzzle. When you realize that all of the individual singles are part of a greater whole, then it makes it easier to put the pieces back together.
The same is true for holistic healing. Holistic healers don’t focus on individual aspects of a person; they examine the person as a whole on all different human levels as mentioned before.
They take every single issue a person has (in detail) and with that information they apply their healing method in a way that supports physical, mental, and emotional healing all at once.
Whether it’s with homeopathy, acupuncture, osteopathy, or other actual holistic approaches, this is the basic philosophy behind the holistic care approach.
Growing scientific research from the past several decades have shown that holistic mind-body healing is real.
It also shows that nearly all chronic ailments have a direct connection to a mental or emotional based issue.
I actually wrote about about this growing phenomenon a while ago. People are amazed and shocked when I talk to them about this. In some cases they even give me their own life examples.
This is major as most conventional doctors ignore this aspect of healing. This explains why many of their patients aren’t always satisfied, even if their issues are managed by drugs.
An Example Plus My Experience
You can read many books on this mind blowing topic. One of my favorite ones is “The Biogenealogy Sourcebook” by Christian Fleche, a noted researcher and practitioner. He demonstrates how different chronic conditions correlate to specific mental or emotional disturbances.
Here’s one example with eczema:
Eczema is related to a conflict of simple separation, often a fear of being left alone. Children most often have eczema that is spread over the whole body (in the repair phase) following a conflict of separation, because the separation affects the child’s whole being. Adults are more likely to have a localized pathology in a specific part of the body, because the experience is more subtle. Eczema on the scalp relates to the conflicting needs to be both seen and hidden— for instance, wanting your work to be seen and recognized, but not being able to stand being noticed. I’ve seen patients with this disorder who mentioned having one extroverted parent and one introverted parent.
Flèche, Christian (2008-06-18). The Biogenealogy Sourcebook: Healing the Body by Resolving Traumas of the Past (Kindle Locations 804-814). Inner Traditions/Bear & Company. Kindle Edition.
I actually had a similar experience with eczema with a client of mine. Click here to check it out.
The Holistic Care Approach – Bottom Line
If you get anything out of reading this post it should be these 2 things:
- Holistic healing involves treating the person as a whole. This works by tackling the mental, physical, and emotional issues of a person. The holistic method must address all of these ailments at once.
- Holistic healing is important. Research is starting to show the connection between chronic physical conditions to specific mental or emotional disturbances.