The English word 'whole' derives from Nordic and Germanic roots "hale" meaning 'happy', 'well', 'being well' (heil),  "uninjured", "complete" or "holy"


WHOLISTIC MEDICINE seeks to understand the real nature of health and dis-ease.  "Prevention is better than cure" is its first principle. The second is healthy and intelligent lifestyle. The third is to approach the treatment of dis-ease wholiistically. It embraces mind, emotions and body as one functioning unit., treating the whole person to benefit the parts, and at times the part to benefit the whole.   Illness (particularly chronic disease) is viewed as an attempt by the inner self regulating system to protect itself. It does so by expelling or moving toxic, negative or aggressive energies away from the vital organs, toward the outer less vital tissues. Disease is regarded as the body signalling something that needs to be attended to mentally, emotionally or physically. Working in alliance with the body and not against it, patient and doctor may take illness to be a challenging opportunity for a deeper understanding of mind and body, often resulting in making fundamental and positive changes.

Look at this word "dis-ease". We could instead choose to use the words with similar meaning - like 'un-ease', 'inner dis-comfort', which is experienced mentally and/or physically. Mind and emotions are so often at the base of dis-ease. Indeed the majority of physical symptoms arise from negative or stressful thought patterns, and lack of emotional harmony. Genetic predispositions, and an unhealthy lifestyle, poor dietary habits along with lack of exercise are all prime contributors to disease.  

Chinese medicine noticed and recorded the connection between emotions and bodily health almost two thousand years ago. Ancient texts from renowned Chinese physicians of the time, The fabled Yellow Emperor in particular, explained how anger and frustration affect the liver, grief and loneliness the lungs, worry the spleen and pancreas and fear or submissiveness the kidneys and bladder. It is only recently that doctors have begun to recognize this.

Serious diseases, particularly those which are auto-immune in nature, may resolve simply from releasing and becoming free from negative attitudes or emotions.

Examining mind and body, a wholistic practitioner underlines specific changes in lifestyle habits that a client needs to undertake. Additionally, appropriate medicinal or nutritional changes may be given to promote health within body systems and emotions. Medical diagnositc tests , blood tests, scans and xrays may be  indispensible for investigations and further understanding. Many conventional doctors are now becoming more "wholistic" which is illustrated by the rapid growth of "Functional Medicine". 

Homeopathy follows the Law of 'Like Cures Like' in applying very subtle doses of substances which 'match' the energetic expression of the disease within a person,. The appropriate "information" which the body receiives from the medicine focusses the intelligent healing mechanisms within the body to being about extra-ordinary changes on all levels.

Iris-diagnosis reveals organ inflammations, lesions, weaknesses or toxicity.

Muscle testing may reveal food intolerances and also reveal musculo-skeletal mis-alignments. These are some of the tools used in wholistic practice


Dr. Berkeley Digby, Homeopath
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