What is Holistic? The Definition: A theory stating the fundamental feature of nature is the existence of “Wholeness” not just several parts put together.”
All complementary therapies are “holistic” in their approach. This means that they are looking to treat the WHOLE person and not just a symptom. Any imbalance or interruption to the spiritual, mental or physical aspects of a person’s life can have a contributing factor to ill health. Therefore consideration must be given to all of these when giving any treatment. Holistic therapies are applied to stimulate the body’s own processes enabling it to rebalance and heal itself.
When carrying out a consultation a Holistic therapist should endeavour to gain all this information as well as any medical history. This enables them to treat the CAUSE rather than just the SYMPTOMS.
A General Practitioner may choose to prescribe a topical cream for the treatment of Eczema, thus treating the symptom as a disease.
A Holistic Therapist however should see that the Eczema is a symptom of another underlying problem. By thoroughly consulting the client the therapist would be able to establish what may have triggered the disorder and rebalance accordingly. For example if this reaction is triggered by stress, your treatment would involve a vast amount of relaxation techniques, and extra treatment to the adrenal gland reflex encouraging the body to produce its own steroids.
As holistic therapies affect the entire body, helping all the systems to function more efficiently they help to keep the body in a healthier state therefore the client is less likely to experience the re-occurrence of any problems.