What Is Holistic Health Care, Anyway?


Some examples of holistic therapy or discipline
The word “holistic” is often associated with massages of various kinds. But to what extent is it correct to use this word to describe certain treatments?

There are many holistic therapies and each has its own rules. All of them, however, have one thing in particular in common: making the patient achieve well-being on a global level, each with its own and specific approach. Some techniques are more oriented to work on the physical plane, others on the emotional one and still others on the energetic and spiritual one. The holistic disciplines have at the base of their system a research aimed at identifying the true causes of the problem, without dwelling on the symptom.

The great oriental medical traditions, such as traditional Chinese medicine with its emotions and Ayurvedic medicine, contain a wide range of holistic therapies in their medical corpus. Here the vision of energy is fundamental, as is the spiritual aspect, which leads to more or less specialized meditation. There is also another series of holistic disciplines, such as chiropractic and a large part of osteopathy, which focus on the physical-structural component and again, Global Functional Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy, which focus on the three areas, structure-biochemistry-psyche, of the patient.

The holistic approach to the patient or to dysfunction
Holistic approach to the patient More than holistic therapies, it is therefore essential to talk about a holistic approach to the patient, which must not be seen as exclusive and far from the intervention methods of traditional or “scientific” medicine. First of all, because the holistic approach is not finely therapeutic, that is, it is not limited to treating the symptom. There is also an important prevention dimension and an equally important component of conservation and improvement of the state of health.

Furthermore, holistic medicine is not opposed to traditional medicine and does not exclude the medical care necessary for each type of pathology, but is added to the search for a balance that can improve the general state of the patient’s quality of life.