What is Holistic Health

A relative state in which one can function well, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually in order to express the full range of one’s unique potentialities within the environment in which one is living.  In the words of Rene Dubos, “health is primarily a measure of each person’s ability to do and become what he wants to become”.

Current views of health and illness recognise health as more than the absence of disease.  Realising that humans are dynamic beings whose state of health can change from day to day or even from hour to hour, leaders in the health field suggest that it is better to think of each person as being located on a graduated scale or continuous spectrum (continuum) ranging from obvious dire illness through the absence of discernible disease to a state of optimal functioning in every aspect of one’s life.

High-level wellness is described as a dynamic process in which the individual is actively engaged in moving toward fulfilment of his or her potential.

The free dictionary by Farlex [ONLINE] Available at: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/holistic+health/
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Holistic Philosophy – characterised by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

Holistic Medicine – characterised by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.

English Oxford Living Dictionaries [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/holistic/ [Accessed 17 Dec 2017]