Holistic care is used throughout the health care industry and implemented in many different ways. The holistic care approach is critical in providing the best care for mental and physical health care plans.
Holism is the idea that natural systems and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts. These parts and their functions can not be fully understood on their own.
Holistic medicine treats symptoms but it also looks for underlying causes of these symptoms. One way of explaining this is by looking for “the story behind the story”.
The term holism is derived from Ancient Greek holos ὅλος, meaning “all, whole, entire, total.”
Holistic medicine means consideration of the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.
In an holistic approach, there is the belief that our well-being relies not just on what is going on in our body physically, but also on the close inter-relation of this with our psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental state. These different states can be equally important. They should be managed together so that a person is treated as a whole.
Holistic medicine is something that alternative medicine practitioners traditionally use as a basis for their treatments. However, it is a common misconception that holistic medicine is just ‘alternative’ or ‘complementary’ medicine.
It is true that holistic medicine allows for a wider range of treatment approaches to be used together and encourages open-mindedness for these different approaches. Some of these approaches may include the use of complementary and alternative medicine but holistic medicine does not dismiss conventional medicine.
It uses conventional medicine as part of the treatment approach. Nutrition, exercise, homeopathy, prayer, acupuncture and meditation are just a few other treatments that may be used together with conventional medicine as part of a holistic approach. Holistic nursing is also recognised as being an important concept.
Clinical holistic medicine actually dates as far back as Hippocrates. A holistic approach to patient care was also suggested by Percival in his book – the first textbook of medical ethics – first published in 1803. Percival stated: “The feeling and emotions of the patients require to be known and to be attended to, no less than the symptoms of their diseases.”
A holistic approach is good practice and has been strongly advocated by the Royal College of General Practitioners for many years.
All healthcare practitioners should aspire to holistic medicine and try to practice it. Recognising the ‘whole’ person may hold the key to some diagnoses for doctors. It may also allow valuable and important help and guidance to be given to the patient.
Further reading & references…..
The British Holistic Medicine Association; A network of healthcare professionals, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and lay people promoting holistic practice in healthcare.
Strandberg EL, Ovhed I, Borgquist L, et al; The perceived meaning of a (w)holistic view among general practitioners and BMC Fam Pract. 2007 Mar 8;8:8.
von Bultzingslowen I, Eliasson G, Sarvimaki A, et al; Patients’ views on interpersonal continuity in primary care: a sense of security Fam Pract. 2006 Apr;23(2):210-9. Epub 2005 Dec 16.
Rawlinson N; Harms of target driven health care. BMJ. 2008 Jul 17;337:a885. doi: 10.1136/bmj.39604.711146.47.
Potter PJ, Frisch N; Holistic assessment and care: presence in the process. Nurs Clin North Am. 2007 Jun;42(2):213-28, vi.
Erickson HL; Philosophy and theory of holism. Nurs Clin North Am. 2007 Jun;42(2):139-63, v.
Ventegodt S, Kandel I, Merrick J; A short history of clinical holistic medicine. ScientificWorldJournal. 2007 Oct 5;7:1622-30.
Medical Ethics or, a Code of Institutes and Precepts Adapted to the Professional Conduct of Physicians and Surgeons. Thomas Percival. First published in 1803.
Clinical Examination. John Macleod. First published in 1964.
Balint M; The doctor, his patient and the illness. Churchill Livingstone; First published 1957, update 1964
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The Origin of Permaculture
Permaculture is a word originally coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid 1970′s to describe an “integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man”
Mollison, B. and Holmgren, D. Permaculture One published by Corgi 1978 and since published in 7 languages (now out of print)
What is permaculture?
A more current definition of permaculture, which reflects the expansion of focus implicit in Permaculture One, is ‘Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs. People, their buildings and the ways in which they organise themselves are central to permaculture. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent or sustainable agriculture has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture.
More precisely permaculture is a “design system based on ecological principles” (see below) which provides the organising framework for implementing the above vision. In this more limited, but important sense it draws together the diverse skills and ways of living which need to be rediscovered and developed to empower us to move from being dependant consumers to becoming responsible producers.
In this sense, permaculture is not the landscape, or even the skills of organic gardening, sustainable farming, energy efficient building or eco-village development as such, but can be used to design, establish, manage and improve these and all other efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.
Permaculture is also a world wide network and movement of individuals and groups working in both rich and poor countries on all continents. Largely unsupported by government or business, these people are contributing to a sustainable future by reorganising their life and work around permaculture design principles. In this way they are creating small local changes but ones which are directly and indirectly influencing action in the wider environment, organic agriculture, appropriate technology, communities and other movements for a sustainable world. After 30 years Permaculture may rank as one of Australia’s most significant “intellectual exports”.
Developmental psychologist Howard Gardner has a theory that each individual has abilities in multiple different intelligences rather than seeing intelligence as dominated by a single general ability. Gardner chose eight abilities that he held to meet these criteria: musical–rhythmic, visual–spatial, verbal–linguistic, logical–mathematical, bodily–kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. Gardner opposes the idea of labeling learners to a specific intelligence. Each individual possesses a unique blend of all the intelligences. In our experience at Amiability, Gardner’s theory explains the unique people on this earth whose very souls light our lives. More Info : http://howardgardner.com/
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