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The Holistic Approach to Physical Healing

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In the conventional biomedical model, physical healing is often viewed through the lens of individual body systems and biochemical processes. However, a holistic perspective recognizes that the human body is a complex, interconnected system where physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements work together in the healing process.


According to the holistic health framework, physical healing does not occur in isolation, but is influenced by a variety of factors beyond just the physical symptoms. This includes an individual's overall lifestyle, emotional state, stress levels, social support, and spiritual beliefs, among other elements.


One of the core principles of holistic healing is the idea of "mind-body connection." This refers to the profound influence that our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can have on our physical health and wellbeing. Numerous studies have demonstrated the physiological impacts of chronic stress, negative emotions, and limiting mindsets on the body's systems and ability to heal.




Soul guidance is also important. The difference between a body that heals with the assistance of holistic support and the body that does not, is the willingness of the soul to receive the prayer or healing methodologies. In my experience, around 90 percent of clients do receive the holistic benefits on a soul level.


For example, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients with major depressive disorder showed impaired immune function, leading to increased inflammation and reduced ability to fight off infections (Irwin & Miller, 2007). Conversely, practices such as meditation, positive visualization, and cognitive-behavioral therapy have been shown to boost immune function and accelerate physical healing (Carlson et al., 2007; Rosenkranz et al., 2013).


From the holistic perspective, true healing requires addressing the root causes of dis-ease, not just managing the surface-level symptoms. This means looking at the whole person - their lifestyle habits, emotional state, belief systems, and life circumstances - and developing a customized holistic plan that supports the body's innate self-healing mechanisms.





Some key holistic modalities used to facilitate physical rejuvenation include:


  • Nutritional therapy to provide the body with essential nutrients and support detoxification

  • Mind-body practices like yoga, meditation, and tai chi to reduce stress and cultivate a positive mindset

  • Energy healing techniques such as acupuncture, Reiki, and qigong to restore balance and flow in the body's energetic systems

  • Bodywork therapies like massage, chiropractic, and osteopathy to address physical imbalances and restrictions.


Ultimately, the holistic approach recognizes that we are more than just our physical bodies. By addressing the interconnected physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our being, we can activate the body's innate healing potential and achieve optimal health and wellbeing.






References:


Carlson, L. E., Speca, M., Faris, P., & Patel, K. D. (2007). One year pre–post intervention follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine and blood pressure outcomes of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in breast and prostate cancer outpatients. _Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 21_(8), 1038-1049. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17521871/.


Irwin, M. R., & Miller, A. H. (2007). Depressive disorders and immunity: 20 years of progress and discovery. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 21 (4), 374-383. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17360153/.


Rosenkranz, M. A., Davidson, R. J., MacCoon, D. G., Sheridan, J. F., Kalin, N. H., & Lutz, A. (2013). A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 27, 174-184. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23092711/.



DISCLAIMER:

Holistic medicine is for stress management only. Please see a medical doctor for any treatment, diagnosis, or cure. Thank you.




Louisa Mastromarino is the CEO of Holistic Consortium, LLC, a distant holistic and life coaching practice worldwide. Louisa is a Licensed Spiritual Health Coach, Licensed Ecclesiastical Health Practitioner, and certified counselor educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, a Master of Science Degree in School Counseling, and a post master’s degree in Supervision and Educational Leadership.  She is also certified in Intuitive Consulting, Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy, Esoteric Healing, Matrix Energetic and a host of holistic programs. Louisa is the author of Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to Washington, D.C., Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to New York City, Spifford Max and the Cycle Pups Go to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brizzley Bear Loves Poetry and additional publications.  Louisa's work has been highlighted in the noted publications Careers from the Kitchen Table by Raven Blair Davis and Miracles in the Divine by Beverly Pokorski. Louisa is also an intuitive artist and writer with works found at LouisaMastro.com. Please email Louisa at distantholistic@gmail.com to schedule a private holistic or spiritual life coaching session. Thank you.

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