As humans we can be divided into three main components – chemical, (physiology), physical, (anatomy), mental, (emotional). Some people will also add other dimensions eg spiritual. However we are divided, health is a balance of these various aspects.
Good health is about maximising the potential of every cell in your body, and therefore making the most of all that is made up from the cells. Cells make up tissues. Tissues make up organs. Organs make up systems, eg the neurological system, the cardiovascular system, the urinary system etc. The systems all add together to form the individual. The individual exists in various relationships with others, eventually existing as part of the biosphere. The mircocosm, i.e. the cell(s) need(s) to be healthy, as does the macrocosm, i.e. the external environment.
Health is a balance of the very big, the external environment, with the very small, the internal environment. Many things we can have direct influence over, eg diet, exercise, breathing. There are certain well documented systems that can be helpful for the physical and mental aspects of us, such as Yoga and Tai Chi.
The following diagram helps represent some of the ideas of holistic theory – the various structures that are made up from the body’s cells, and how the individual is part of the bigger picture:
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All parts are dependent on the other parts. The human body is made up of ten trillion cells, give or take a half dozen. Yet my ten trillion cells is different to your ten trillion cells. This is where the theories behind holistic therapies come in. The human being is unique, a combination of cells that come together to form the individual. The phrase often used is: “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. But whatever the cells are: heart, kidney brain they all need certain requirements.
These include nutrients for energy, fluid for proper hydration, oxygen for the correct execution of the metabolism, vitamins and minerals tobiologically function correctly. Every cell is like a small factory, doing its specific job. It will produce waste products. These have to be cleared away otherwise there will be a toxic build up that will impair function and possibly lead on to the early stages of certain diseases in the cells, tissues and organs. Effective clearance is through the venous blood flow and via the lymph system. The metabolites are broken down in the liver and excreted through the urinary or alimentary system.