Many people live under misconception that practitioners of holistic healthcare are all herbalists. Yes, they do have a knowledge of herbs and it’s healing powers, but they do not exclusively use herbs.
Holistic healing is a complete experience for the patient (or client). With ‘complete’ I mean: physically, mentally and spiritually.
This ‘whole-listic’ approach addresses the person as a complete being. Holistic practitioners do not focus on the mental picture alone. The aim in treatment is to seek balance between the different levels within AND without. Consideration is therefore not only given to the patient’s holistic being, but also to his or her environment and relationships.
Michelle O’Toole, founder of Healthy Holistic Living explains: “One definition of Holistic Health that I found interesting was that it is a non-medical philosophy of well-being that considers the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life as closely interconnected and balanced. The quote by Gestalt “the whole is more than the sum of its parts” in my opinion sums (no pun intended) it up perfectly.” [HHL:2016]