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Recent studies confirm that about half of people who are suffering from anxiety and depression are seeking some kind of holistic therapy to help with their treatment.
These people seeking such help are drawn to integrative care for depression or anxiety because of the holistic perspective found in most integrative approaches. This perspective takes into account the complex nature of depressive and anxious disorders and the innumerable reasons why people experience them.
The word holism originating in the Greek which means the whole. It was created by Jan Smuts in the 1930s. It is a comprehensive concept that defends the idea that the elements of a system can not be understood only by their isolated parts and that the whole is always greater than the sum of their constituent parts.
Holism states that any system should be approached as a vision of wholeness, which seeks to integrate the parts into a harmonious whole. It is an approach in the field of human and natural sciences that prioritizes the integral understanding of phenomena, as opposed to the analytical procedure in which its components are taken in isolation.
It is a natural inherent tendency for nature to form “all” that are greater than the sum of its parts, within a creative evolution.
Within the Holistic view, holism as opposed to reductionism, which seeks to reduce wholes in terms of isolated elements, in which in physics they are called “fundamental building blocks.” In this case, it is also opposed to Atomism. As an example, the sum of all the cells of our brain will not be sufficient for the knowledge of the total functioning of the cerebral system.
The division of the human being into body and mind, and the separate study of these factors, can not offer a complete view of the human organism in its complexity.
Holism sees the Universe as an integrated, organic and dynamic whole.
The holistic view is a natural way of showing the world where the Human Being and the Universe become a single thing, completely and intimately associated, so that its properties can not be described by means of the reduction of its parts, because if fragmented the properties lose their real value, because they are only parts, nothing more.
Holism seeks to teach us that phenomena can never be fully understood in isolation, showing that reductionism can only give us a partial and fragmented view of the part studied, which occurs within the Sciences.
As a health practice, holism aims to integrate each person into their physical, emotional, mental and subtle aspects, with a view to their union and their relationships with each other, through a broad vision of health and well-being, addressing the multidimensionality of the human being seeking to promote its balance as a whole. Being Human, nature and the whole Universe is one and not part of it.
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Penha Cristina Mullett
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner