Complementary and alternative approaches to health and medicine have become increasingly widespread as the limits of conventional treatments become more apparent. "Holistic Anatomy" presents an authoritative study of anatomy, physiology, and pathology but expands the discussion by connecting the science of the body to a variety of alternative modalities to explore how human beings exist within - and interact with - their environment, and how they experience existence in emotional and spiritual terms. Basic scientific terminology and detailed descriptions are interwoven with informal, sometimes humorous observations, facts, and ideas about life. The mechanisms, structure, and functions of the body are explored, along with how they relate to spiritual and energetic paradigms, emotions, and ecological principles. The first half of the book covers basic anatomy and physiology, describing each major system of the body and how they interrelate. This part includes a thoughtful discussion of ageing and the dying process. The second half focuses on models of health and disease, both traditional and holistic.
Topics include western pathology, emotional health, five element medicine, and the spiritual cause for disease.
Pip Waller is a medical herbalist, massage therapist, and plant spirit medicine and shamanic practitioner. She has taught at the Blarney Centre of Acupuncture and Reflexology in Ireland and currently teaches at the Academy of Natural Health in London and at the Meridian School of Massage in Birmingham. She lives in Wales, UK.