Health and Fitness

A Guide to Holistic Health

Path to whole-self wellness

I am a nurse so therefore I do believe in Western medicine. However, I recently took a class, Invitation to Holistic Health, and it really piqued my interest. So I am going to do a series regarding holistic health and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM includes many things including yoga, acupuncture, cupping, herbs, homeopathy, Ayurveda and naturopathy.

What is Holistic Health

Holistic health is defined as the absence of disease and looking at the whole person in regards to health. It includes physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. The theory is, that when one thing is broken, it will affect other parts of the body.

TCM describes the body has meridians, the belief is that the body is surrounded by an energy system made up of 12 meridians. These meridians are the body’s healing energy pathways. The goal is that all 12 meridians are active and balanced for optimal health.

Meridians have two forces, Yin & Yang. Yin is energy flowing up and Yang is energy flowing down. These 12 meridians correspond to organs of the body.

  • kidneys
  • liver
  • spleen
  • heart
  • lungs
  • pericardium
  • bladder
  • gallbladder
  • stomach
  • small intestines
  • large intestines
  • triple burner (temperature control)

To maintain optimal health basic human needs to maintain include; respiration, circulation, nutrition, hydration, elimination, rest, movement, comfort, safety, connections with others and environment, connection with a higher power, and purpose.


This concludes the first portion of this series. Holistic healing is a very expansive topic and I am so excited to share more information. Stay tuned. The next post regarding holistic health will focus on various treatments.

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