The term holistic comes from the Greek word holos, which means whole, complete, or full. The general principle of holism was summarized by Aristotle in his writings regarding metaphysics, expressing that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Therefore, the dealing of an issue or a problem ranges from all of its components through the five senses, including their invisible associations that are nonetheless equally evident or existing.
The human being is also seen as a holos to the Philosopher; a union of body, mind and spirit that interacts with their environment and social surroundings.
In that context, which functions as a system, no fact, phenomenon or circumstance can be the direct cause of the event in its entirety. Illness presents itself as a crisis and therefore, becomes an opportunity to take action in order to regain balance, making the necessary changes to restore well-being.
The healing of any imbalance produces, at the same time, an expanded awareness and spiritual evolution. The human being is responsible for its health and also has the potential to selfheal.
To talk of holistic health is nothing more than to talk of comprehensive health, a health expressed in the frequent and relatively stable experience of well-being; in the levels of the body, the mind, the spirit, the bonds, the duties, the feelings and the emotions.
- Title: “What is…Holistic Health”
- Author: Alicia López Blanco
- ISBN: 9789875821071
- Pages: 192
- Publisher: Devas
- Category: Health and Self-help