What is the definition of holistic health?

It’s a wellness approach that addresses the body, mind and spirit or the physical, emotional/mental and spiritual aspects of an individual. By spirit or spiritual, I am not making a reference to anything religious. We’re talking about the essence of who you are — the core self.

Traditional medical doctors treat the body and ignore the mind, conventional mental health professionals treat the mind and ignore the body. Neither one of them address the spiritual. Both of them treat symptoms with drugs or surgery rather than looking for what causes the symptom.

A holistic health approach doesn’t view the body, mind and spirit as separate entities and promotes drugs and surgery only when absolutely essential and after other solutions have been sought. It looks for the underlying causes of symptoms, rather than just covering up the symptoms with a drug.

The body, mind and spirit are not independent of one another. They are intertwined. What affects one affects the others. A philosophy that focuses on only one aspect is an incomplete approach.

The definition of holistic health may encompass many different elements depending on which field of thought you’re dealing with. It is sometimes referred to as complementary health, alternative health or natural health. These terms are often, but not always interchangeable. A treatment approach can be complementary, alternative or natural without necessarily being holistic. However, most holistic approaches are considered to be complementary, alternative or natural.