The Power of Holism - Lucy Barrett

Sick of being sick and not getting the answers you need? You may need a Holistic eye.

But what does Holistic mean?

There are two basic schools of thought in medicine: Holistic and Reductionist.

The Holistic approach examines the body as a whole, and acknowledges the relationship between different body systems. The reductionist approach tends to see body parts as isolated and will treat one part of the body without exploring the impact on the other parts.

Holism argues that if you change one part of the body, it will affect the other parts. Reductionists would say that each body system is complete within itself.

Holism and modern science

Holism is now coming to the forefront of many areas of scientific investigation. For example, research has now confirmed that the immune system and brain talk to each other. That psychological stress and illness are linked. That gut health impacts our mood. That skin problems like acne and psoriasis mostly begin in the gut.  

These are all findings that holistic medical fields have professed for years.

Why is it important to understand this when it comes to your health?

Well, different health professionals will assess your situation in different ways. And this impacts the treatment approach. And this, ultimately, impacts your health and wellbeing.

So, why is Holism so effective?

Well, the holistic approach can apply to HOW we understand disease and also WHAT we do to treat disease.

For example, if you have recurrent headaches, doesn’t it make sense to look beyond the brain or head for the cause of the headaches? Sure, you may have muscle tension and there may be stress in the mind. But in some cases it may be connected to your hormones, or perhaps linked to your fluid and kidney health. Maybe the additives in your food are triggering the pain? Or perhaps you have a recurrent virus that needs to be addressed?

The answer will be unique and complex. Because you are exactly that.

Holistic medicines

This is where practices like Naturopathy come into their own.  A naturopath can utilise the best plant and food remedies, which in themselves are complex. One single herb will have more than one simple action. When we put four herbs together, you may receive over 16 different healing actions! Now, that is powerful.

The same goes for utilising food as medicine. Foods from nature are recognised and assimilated by the body in a holistic way. They balance the body. They heal disease. We are complex, so it makes sense that the body responds so well to treatments that are naturally multi-action.

Ask yourself if you are exploring your health holistically and if you have received the answers you need through your previous doctors and health practitioners. If the answer is no, you may need to consider a true holistic approach. Try Naturopathy.