Holistic Health: Nutrition and General Information

Author: Disabled World
Updated/Revised Date: 2022/04/13
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Synopsis: Information on the alternative medicine of holistic health a harmony and balance within all aspects of self body mind and spirit. The holistic approach takes the broadest possible view of illness and disease, identifying multiple internal and external causes and offering multidimensional healing rather than specific cures. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 65 to 80% of the population use holistic naturopathic medicine as a primary form of health care.

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What is Exactly is Holistic Health?

Holistic health is a philosophy of medical care that views physical and mental aspects of life as closely interconnected and equally important approaches to treatment. While frequently associated with alternative medicine, it is also increasingly used in mainstream medical practice as part of a broad view of patient care.

The holistic approach takes the broadest possible view of illness and disease, identifying multiple causes (both internal and external), and offering multidimensional "healing," rather than specific "cures." Holistic health is as concerned with one's propensity towards disease as it is with its transmission. These include:

Holistic health addresses not only symptoms, but the entire person, and his or her current life predicament, including family, job, and religious life. Holistic Health is harmony and balance within all aspects of self:

The whole lifestyle of the person is addressed, taking into consideration diet, exercise, the mind, and emotions, one's spiritual outlook, and the interaction between family, friends, co-workers, society and nature. The goal is a wellness that encompasses the entire person, rather than just the lack of physical pain or disease. This means that not feeling sick, does not necessary mean you are well, just that you are between well and sick.

Holistic health is not itself a method of treatment, but is an approach to how treatment should be applied. Holistic concepts of health and fitness view achieving and maintaining good health as requiring more than just taking care of the various singular components that constitute the physical body, additionally incorporating aspects such as emotional and spiritual well-being.

Historically, Holistic health has not been widely practiced in North America and has not been legitimized as a valid process. According to Robbie Davis-Floyd in "Medical Anthropology- Modern Midwives, Issue 20", she states that there are "links between tradition, ancestry, home remedies, the earth and the biomedical systems".

Image depicts various herbs and spices in a mixing bowl and oil bottle.
Image depicts various herbs and spices in a mixing bowl and oil bottle.

Holistic Health Facts and Statistics


Holistic health (holistic medicine) is a diverse field of alternative medicine in which the complete person is focused on, not just the malady itself. Holistic Health is actually an approach to life. The holistic concept in medical practice, which is distinct from the concept in the alternative medicine, upholds that all aspects of people's needs including psychological, physical and social should be considered and seen as a whole. With Holistic Health, people accept responsibility for their level of well-being, and everyday choices are used to take charge of one's own health.

Holistic Health Care Facts and Statistics - Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD.


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