Integrative Health (IH) aims to treat the whole person and to do so within the context of whole systems and practices. In a newly published Global Advances in Health and Medicine article, Paul Mills, Phd raises the questions “as to what fully constitutes the whole person, and what must be taken into account to support the creation of optimal well-being. These questions are consistent with other recent efforts to broaden our understanding of what constitutes the whole person and IH, in order to help facilitate the achievement of health and well-being.  We seek to add to this conversation to propose that in order to fully account for the whole person and achieve optimal well-being, the transcendent aspects of human awareness must be taken into account.”

As the future of whole health medicine takes shape, health care providers are increasingly committed to care that addresses not only physical concerns, but also the emotional, mental, and social needs that make up a patient’s overall health. Read on to learn why nondual awareness can be considered foundational to the realization of the whole person and achieving the state of optimal well-being.