A question I hear a lot is “What does holistic actually mean?”.

As a result, I thought I would share a brief insight into the history and beliefs of the holistic approach.

‘ Holistic’ comes from the Greek word holos, meaning ‘ whole’.

The holistic approach is based on the principle that the entire person is considered, rather than a particular illness or symptom. This includes the physical, mental and the emotional state of health, which are all as equally important. If one of these are out of balance (preventing the body to work at it’s optimum), then this may cause a detrimental effect elsewhere within the body. As a result, this can often appear through ill health.

Holistic health is often defined as an approach to life, with the outcome in mind is to enhance the quality of life and help achieve maximum health and wellbeing. Reflexology, Acupuncture, Nutrition and Homeopathy are some examples of treatments that follow the holistic approach.
Holistic medicine does not dismiss conventional medicine and is often used in conjunction in order to assist healing and manage illness.

The roots of holistic medicine are said to date back 5,000 years, before conventional medicine was such a thing. For example, Ayurvadic medicine is one the world’s oldest forms of health care, originally practiced in India. Herbal medicine is a form of Ayurvadic practice, where holistic balance is achieved through the use of the medicinal properties of plants. Ayurveda has evolved over the years and is now integrated with other traditional practices, such as yoga.

I look forward to sharing my therapies soon (keeping everything crossed!) and I hope you may soon experience the benefits they bring!

Katie xx