Holistic Health

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“Holistic health is defined as a state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, nutritional and sociological well-being. “

From the above it is evident that mere bodily health is not considered as complete health. We believe that the actions and condition of the mind. Body and spirit are strongly inter-dependent. Though the symptoms are presented in one part of the body, the cause could be elsewhere. So a complete holistic evaluation is done to elicit the history in detail with special emphasis given to the childhood, mind, emotions, social interaction, etc.

Disease does not arise suddenly, from a state of balance, the body (as a whole), and gets into a state of imbalance after which illness set in and then comes the state of disease. These changes happen because of change a life style related to food, exercise, pollution exposure, stress, etc. in intrauterine life too, the balance could be disturbed due to the stress and habits of the parents. It’s easier to revert back to the state of balance from imbalance or illness through proper treatments, life style changes etc., whereas from a state of disease to balance would be a longer journey and may not always be possible.

So we believe the age old saying, “Prevention is better than cure.”

Holistic physician believe in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. He believes in the innate capacity of the body heal itself. For this, dietary changes, yoga techniques, stress management tools, counselling etc. are advised, other than treatments from Ayurvedic and naturopathic discipline, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, energizing techniques etc.

Holistic physician spends a lot of time with the patient. He is interested in knowing even the simplest detail pertaining to the life of the individual, as this helps him diagnose and treat the patient better. Holistic physician can give various options, as he integrates treatments from different traditional systems. This will give the patient a scope to reveal his likes and dislikes pertaining to the treatment plan.

Though each of the traditional systems is by itself a full-fledged medical system, each of them has their areas of strength and weakness. By integrating various systems we get to incorporate the best of each that would complement the effect of the other. Since the physician from each of the discipline work in unison, without considering themselves belonging to different departments, it’s easier to put in their best and give a holistic remedy.

We also take the help of the western medicine as and when required. The advanced diagnostics and emergency care of the western medicine is sought for especially in diagnosing certain conditions and in the treatment of cancer, certain renal and cardiac conditions, etc. Traditional medicine works well for chronic conditions, lifestyle and stress related disorders.

Integrated Medicine is the methodology of integrating different systems of medicines (Ayurveda, Allopathy, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Siddha, Unani, Herbal medicines, Chinese medicines) from different parts of the world. It is not the concept of a doctor in one system of medicine practicing all other systems of medicine incorporating one or two therapies eg: yoga therapy, aroma therapy, etc. a doctor being an expert in one system of medicine with awareness in the benefits of other systems of medicines and having an attitude of openness for accepting and respecting the benefits of other system of medicines would be an ideal integrated doctor. Integrated medicine or healthcare is not another term for complementary medicine, nor does it represent an alternative to western medicinal care. An integrated approach is much wider. It has a focus on health and healing, not just disease and treatment.

Seven Steps to Holistic Health

1.     Mediation

Meditation has been successfully proved to be the most effective tool for stress relief along with several physiological effects. It enhances a person’s mind and improves memory and concentration. A minimum 15-20 minutes daily at least 5 times a week is ideal.

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2.     Diet

Healthy eating habits, timely eating and drinking plenty of fluids are important. Each person’s eating habit should be based on his ancestors eating habits with high amount of fresh vegetables and fruits. Overeating, fast food and high amounts of sugar, salt and fat are the causes of majority of today’s illness.

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3.      Exercises

A regular exercise pattern for 30-40 minutes will keep anybody healthy. Yoga is the best choice or a combination of 3 days yoga and 3 day walking, swimming, jogging, cycling or aerobics would be the best combination.

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4.     Work

A healthy working environment and good working tie and mental satisfaction at work are important. A majority of lifestyle related conditions are caused by stress from work and unhealthy working hours.

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5.     Relationship

A good personal and emotional relationship with family members, colleagues, and social life is important for a healthy life. It will enhance anybody’s quality of life and be an immune booster.

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6.     Rest

Proper regular sleep and rest is very important. The person should feel fresh and energetic after a good sleep. 7-8 hours of sleep and early rising is ideal.

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7.     Play and Holidays

Playing games and spending time together with friends and family members, watching movies, going for holidays on a weekend break or spending time for personal hobby which you enjoy is important for enhancing health.

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