Holistic medicine is a term which covers a rather wide range of subjects. It can involve everything from herbal medicine to healthy lifestyle choices. There’s usually one unifying factor for all of it though. Holistic medicine is medical practice which sees health as more than a collection of separate processes. Basically, holistic medicine aims to treat the whole person rather than a single isolated point on their bodies.
A recent study provides the perfect example of just how important this holistic view of the body can be. The study focuses on one of the single most important parts of holistic medicine. Herbal cures and medication practices are the most novel part of holistic medicine for most people. But it’s really just general preventive medicine that forms the basic foundation on which any holistic practice should be built.
This preventative medicine is usually fairly simple. Really, it just comes down to avoiding the most extreme health risks while embracing a few healthy lifestyle options. When people think of preventative medicine it’s common to imagine extremes where everyone needs to carefully focus on every single muscle in their body. In fact, this runs counter to some of the basic principles of holistic medicine. Again, holistic medicine focuses on the whole body and how connected biological processes are.
The study showed that simply avoiding obesity, not smoking and drinking in moderation was enough to add eleven or twelve years to someone’s life. That might be reduced to seven years if the moderate alcohol consumption is pushed up or down. It’s also notable that those extra years weren’t simply tacked on at the end of an extended period of biological decline. The extra years were the result of simply being healthier for a larger percentage of one’s overall average lifespan.
The results vindicate one of the basic principles of holistic medicine. Keep the system itself healthy and that health will extend to everything it touches. Healthy lungs translate to healthy breathing. Healthy breathing, in turn, helps to keep circulating blood healthy and oxygenated. This all comes together to prove that working with the body as a whole can improve every single aspect of one’s health.