5 element acupuncture is a very holistic approach to body-mind health. It focuses on physiology, and how things work, and not on diseases. The goal of treatment is to solve the deeper cause of a problem.
Any kind of medicine can be applied holistically. In the last decades, we have enjoyed holistic Western medicine like functional, integrative, and orthomolecular medicine. We have also seen more symptomatic oriental medicine, like herbs or acupuncture to treat colds or skin problems.
What is holistic? Dictionary definition:
- PHILOSOPHY: characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
- MEDICINE: characterized by the treatment of the whole person, including mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.
The holistic approach to life: The global events of the last years including the pandemic, climate change, digitalization, war, ecocide, creation of global industries, and global healing networks, challenge humanity as a whole. We have a world crisis: economic, social, and political. The Internet makes world news, education, and communication possible. Humanity is more connected than ever before. There is collective immunity as well as collective trauma. We are collectively healing planet Earth. That brings us to a place of responsibility.
Like it is said in the movie The 2 Popes: If nobody is responsible, then everybody is responsible.
My clients taught me that the more holistic my approach the less they need me. That is because they learn how to solve the root of a problem by changing their way of living, thinking, or feeling. Only they can change it. No one can change people`s lives for them. The physician removes obstacles, lights up blind spots, and respects their timing. In the 90ties I interviewed 10 people that had survived cancer for more than 10 years. The 1 common factor is that they all had drastically changed their lives. They had to.
The holistic approach to symptoms
Although approaching symptoms holistically is a paradox, it is perfectly valuable. For example, if diet or environmental pollution is the cause of disease, you need to change your diet or your environment to solve the problem. That will work, much better than adding more chemical poisons to your body and leaving the root of the problem unchanged. Yet, there are much deeper causes as to why a person does not have a choice in what they eat or where they live and work. They might not feel valued or appreciated. Or they might lack the strength to change. By addressing these deeper issues you don’t only solve problems. You transform lives!