Answer: What is holistic health?

In this article, we answer the question, what is holistic health? You’ll find out when it started, who uses it, how it works and where you can go for help with implementing this approach in your life.

In this article, we answer:

  • What is holistic health?
  • What is holistic medicine?
  • Where do I find natural therapies?

What is holistic health?

Holistic health is the ancient idea that the mind, body, soul and environment are connected to our physical health and wellbeing.

The key difference between Western medicine and the holistic approach, is that Western medicine focuses on intervention, while the latter looks at support by balancing physical health with emotional and environmental impacts. 

“Wellbeing is made up of physical health, emotional nurture, mental stimulation, focus, clarity and spiritual nourishment. Therefore, in order to feel at our very best, we need a complete approach that meets our needs in each of these areas.” Nicole Schaerer (Ivy College, November 2015).

Holistic health can be traced back through history in India, Rome, Greece and China with records dating from as early as the 6th century B.C. Today, you may hear holistic health care professionals (like holistic dentists) be referred to as integrated health practitioners or by one of a number of natural therapy titles.

What are natural therapies?

There are numerous types of natural therapies, including acupuncture, which may be used in holistic treatment.

Naturopathy is the general term used to describe natural therapies. Holistic health practitioners will often use natural therapies as part of a treatment plan to balance all elements of the mind, body and soul. 

On 1 April 2019, the Australian Government removed 16 natural therapies from the list of complying health insurance extras/combined policies. These therapies are:

Therapies such as remedial massage, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture were not removed.  

Disclaimer: This article is for general informational purposes and should not replace advice from a medical professional. Localsearch, nor the author, are responsible for any misuse of this information.

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      A History of Holistic Health,

      Removal of 16 Natural Therapies from Private Health Insurance, Australian Unity Limited, 2019. 

      Sarah Russo

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      Sarah Russo is a UX Content Writer at Localsearch with a decade of experience in traditional and digital marketing. She has written for and assisted in the social media and marketing strategies for many different industries, including real estate, medical, health and fitness, trades and beauty. When she isn’t nose deep in data, SEO research or her content strategy, Sarah is a gym junkie, foodie and gamer with a brain full of random facts that come in handy far more often than you would think. As a digital marketing all-rounder and lifestyle specialist, her articles provide insight into marketing, advertising and branding for small businesses on the Localsearch Business Blog, as well as some handy lifestyle tips on the Localsearch Blog.