Holistic Medicine relates to or is concerned with the whole or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts. Through this approach, the intent is focused on treatment of the whole person. Thus, the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of one’s life are interrelated in the healing process.
“A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man – he must view the man in his world.”
Harvey Cuching, M.D.,
Father of Neurosurgery, Pulitzer Prize Winner
“Vitality and Beauty are gifts of Nature for those who live according to its laws.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“The cause of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Hellas (Greece) because they are ignorant of the whole. For the part can never be well unless the whole is well. This…is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body”
“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.”
Plato, 356 B.C.E.
Holistic Medicine is known by many names but quintessentially it is distinguished by its relentless commitment to follow the Laws of Nature.
How it works
Holistic Medicine is less interested in finding patentable solutions and more interested in discovering how nature and homeostasis (the inner wisdom or doctor) work synergistically as wise entities in order to better respond to the individual and its needs. In this endeavor, personal experience, patient feedback and empirical evidence are taken seriously. Science plays an important but not exclusive part.
Holistic Medicine does not separate the wholeness of the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of one’s life. The philosophy and practice of the holistic approach are best explained by the quantum theory of existence rather than the Newtonian mechanicistic model.
Holistic Medicine utilizes physical and nonphysical modalities and essentially tends to be non adversarial. It relates to the body as The Source of Wisdom that is superior to all the brains of all the doctors and scientist-researchers that ever lived, put together, and therefore the greatest ally in healing.
“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.”
Albert Schweitzer, M.D.
The Art of healing
Acknowledging that Nature doesn’t need to be told how to heal itself, holistic medicine practices are oriented toward elimination of toxins, release of traumatic imprints and realigning the body around the embryologic forces of development and regeneration, thus creating the best environment for this Wisdom to exercise its own prerogatives of healing.
“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
Francois Voltaire (1694-1778)
The Physician-Healer is never the only aspect of the healing process. It is rather a symbiotic, co-creative journey that the patient and the physician-healer engage upon.
The Patient is invited to:
- Fully assume responsibility of ALL their thoughts, feelings and actions.
- Gradually replace low-vibration, non-supportive thoughts, feelings and actions with life affirming ones, according to the Laws of Nature.
- Assume the leadership of the health team practitioners.
- Alternative Medicine is as diverse as nature itself and may involve nutrition, nutrient supplementation, yoga, herbs, detoxifications, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, ayurveda, naturopathy, breath work, massage, energy work, osteopathic manual medicine, faith healing, indigenous rituals and ceremonies, lifestyle changes and many other traditional methods that support people in creating lives more consistent with health, healing, ease and well being.
- Since these practices are fully aligned with the nature’s laws, wisdom and design for healing, Holistic Medicine is actually The Natural Medicine.
The Future of Medicine
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”
Thomas A. Edison
Each area of knowledge and expertise has something of value to offer on the road to healing and well-being. The healing potential is expanded by the synergy of various methods joining in a common interest determined to serve a healing purpose. It has a greater effect when people work together, rather than competing. Even if their focus is diverse, their common integrity and intention to heal creates a sense of community that is in itself healing. That alignment is consistent with how the body operates, many parts serving the healthful interests of the whole, each doing its share and contributing where its expertise is most valuable and appropriate in achieving a successful healing.
The successful physician of the future will be the one who sees her/himself as a humble facilitator of natural remedies and divine interventions.