The word holism comes from the Greek olos (all, whole). Holism is based on the idea that living beings should be considered as oneness, not as a set of their component parts. A tree is made of leaves, branches, sap, and so on, but it is a unit; to be kept alive it needs all its components.
The same goes for humans. They are made of bones, muscles, brain, and mind. The soul is within the body, but it is not separated from it. They are a whole, and interact. Body ailments affect mind, and vice versa if the mind is restless also the body suffers.
Holistic disciplines aim to cure the person as a whole. Therefore they treat not only the body but also the mind.
Yoga, acupuncture, martial arts, Thai massage are some of the many holistic remedies.
However, also outdoor exercises have a positive effect on both body and soul. Try to jog in the forest in the early morning, and you’ll see how you will feel in good mental and physical shape.
Before resorting to medicines, it would be good to practice some holistic disciplines. It would benefit health and also the National Health Service, which will save a lot of money.
Ettore Grillo, author of A Hidden Sicilian History