The term holistic medicine is characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account many factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease. In this context, we have physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and social. Patients and clients must look for a practitioner that understands and helps them in many areas and not ‘just-food.’ If we eat healthily, but we are toxic relationships or unhealthy physical or mental situations, the body will suffer. Beyond that if we do not stimulate our ourselves intellectually or neglect our spiritual health, then how can we function at our best? It’s difficult.
If you look at healthcare today, it’s all about disease. It’s not about understanding wellness at all.
One of the things I see most when I get on a call with clients is that there are external things that are often causing their underlying chronic health issues — ignored issues like stress with family or friends, work stress, toxic relationships, lack of self-care, lack of proper sleep, genetic mutation, and so on. Often, they can’t see the forest for the trees or don’t even know where to begin. In many cases, they have spent a lot of money on books, supplements, time and searching on Dr Google and have little to no improvement. When we look at the body as a whole and go beyond exercise and food, we can find a lot of holes that may be slowing sinking the boat.
If you are struggling, take some time to look at each of these areas and see what may be a barrier into you feeling from just ‘surviving’ to thriving. Often some quiet time and about 5-10 minutes of journaling can give you clues. If you need help, reach out, please!