Elements of Holistic Health

When I am working with a patient to help them heal a challenge in their life, I look at the big picture. This is known as being “holistic”. Lately this term has become a catch phrase for natural medicine but that is incorrect. Natural medicine is looking at particular symptoms and finding a natural fix for it. This can be very beneficial but it may also miss a crucial underlying problem to just have the symptom return or become worse.

For example, taking echinacea for a cold is using a natural remedy to change a symptom; the cold. It is not taking other things into account like: emotional stress, Spinal misalignments, poor digestion, Nutrient deficiencies, toxicity, etc…

Let’s look at the meaning of Holistic:

1. Holistic: Of or relating to holism
2. Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body> <holistic ecology views humans and the environment as a single system>

And if we study the definition of Holism:

1. A theory that the universe and especially living nature is correctly seen in terms of interacting wholes (as of living organisms) that are more than the mere sum of elementary particles
2. study or method of treatment that is concerned with wholes or with complete systems : a holistic study or method of treatment

To simplify the elements of holistic health I created the Pyramid of Health. It encompasses the major factors of your wellbeing. 

Structure of the body

Proper alignment and functions of the joints of the arms, legs, and spine are crucial for a few reasons:

  • Nerve communication through out the body from the brain and spinal cord. They tell everything in your body how to work and interference in these channels of communication will cause any part of the body to not work optimally.
  • The flow of the acupuncture meridians, blood, lymphatic fluid, and cerebral spinal fluid, foundations for muscles to attach to, alignment of fascia all depend on the joints of the body to be aligned and functioning well.
  • Alignment of the organs are also important and misalignments can cause health problems.


Problems with metabolism, digestion, hormones, chemistry, nutrition, toxicity, hydration, etc can cause health problems. Some of these can also be detected “sub-clinically” or “functionally” because there can be problems before a lab test will show it, before it becomes a “pathology”.


We also have an “energetic anatomy” of the body. Some gifted people can see this or perceive it in different ways. These energetic structures relate to our physical body and influence it.

  • The “aura” is an energetic field that surrounds the body like a sphere or an egg. It has several layers relating to different aspects of the body.
  • The “chakras” are seven energy wheels or vortexes that are in certain positions within the body and extend out. They relate to the layers of the aura, meridians, and organs.
  • The meridians are channels of energy that travel in defined pathways through the body and stem from the chakras. The meridians relate to the organs and glands of the body. They travel in similar ways to blood vessels and nerves.


Sometimes your mind can become stuck in a pattern that is not desirable because the way you think has an influence on your body.

  • Mental stresses form the life you live can cause almost any type of health challenges to occur.
  • Depression and or anxiety can be devastating if they go unchecked.
  • PTSD is another factor that is the result of trauma and can also me mixed with other factors of health.
  • Even conditions like phobias and schizophrenia can be helped when the body regains healthy balance and resiliency.

The Will

The will keeps your mind aligned and in spiritual terms is influenced by your higher Self, the universal consciousness, or God depending on what your philosophical view is about these things. This is your underlying guidance to wellbeing.

Zooming out to the big picture of health and wellbeing

When I am working with someone in a holistic sense, I am looking at the macroscopic view of their total being and life. This is how I can best determine why the have the challenges that they do.

Each one of these elements has an effect on the others. It is difficult to say that only one aspect has a problem. If you have a spinal misalignment it will change your physiology, mental, and energetic balance in your body. For example it may cause a digestive disturbance and anxiety. So you go to a doctor for help with your digestion and are put on a medication. Then anxiety is taking its toll and you go to another doctor for a medication to help with your emotions. Both of these medications have other side effects that cause more symptoms so you go back to the doctor and are put on something new which compounds your health problems even further.

If the digestive problems was stemming form a misalignment of the spine that was causing stomach and emotional problems, a few visits to a doctor that knows how to look for these things can correct it all very conservatively.

There are times when medical help is needed but if is not a dire emergency conservative care should be tried first.

The same goes for any of the other elements of health:

  • Physical
    • Muscles, joints, organs, nerves, vessels,
  • Physiological
    • Metabolism, blood chemistry, lymphatics, cerebral spinal fluid, hormones, nutrition, toxicity
  • Mental/Emotional
    • Mental trauma, emotions, mental patterns, societal patterns
  • Energetics
    • Aura, chakras, meridians, cords, tears, blockages, electromagnetic disturbances form environment
  • Spiritual
    • Energetic attachments, subtle energetic bodies, past life agreements, karma, akashic records, soul fragmentation and retrieval

An imbalance in any of these will cause secondary problems in the others.

“The mind is the builder’, Edgar Cayce

The mind is in control of all of these. It channels your will from the higher aspects of your being and can change anything about you and your life depending on the “Level of Consciousness” that you are in.

There are many ways of working with mental blocks in the mind and old patters that might not serve the body anymore. This makes it easier for you to overcome that challenges that you want to and helps to bring about wellbeing in life.

When work with the mind is combined with restoring the resiliency of the other elements of your health, it creates the most direct path to your wellbeing.


About Dr. Robert Ciprian

I am a doctor of chiropractic and a diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (I.C.A.K.) as well as a Board Certified Teacher for the I.C.A.K.

I grew up in the rough streets of Queens, NY and was a high school drop out. I always suffered form poor health as a child, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, digestive problems, and a weak immune system were normal for me. I worked as a car mechanic and then as an undercover detective for departments stores but I wanted something more in life.

I went to my mother’s chiropractor for a while for help with some injuries that I sustained over the years. I learned from one of the doctors there, as well as from a good friend who was planning on becoming a doctor of chiropractic, about the holistic health benefits of chiropractic. This really excited me! I worked on my pre-medical education and moved to Los Angeles for medical school. I decided on Cleveland Chiropractic College’s Los Angeles campus.

When I started studying for my career as a doctor, I also started studying and practicing spiritual concepts. I kept this up for my own well being as well and for my patients. Health, psychology, spirituality, and success are subjects that I have developed a fond appreciation for.

My undergraduate education was a breeze, but once I started medical school the stress was overwhelming to my body. I started to have heath problems on a larger scale than I ever have before. I grew up on standard medical treatments and I knew that was not the answer. I started to seek out much more than what my school was going to teach me. In my first semester of school I began to take weekend post graduate seminars and classes, I had a dual education throughout my four years there.

I sought out the help of some the legendary natural health doctors at the time and at one point found myself in front of Dr. Timothy Francis. I watched him work on a fellow colleague during a break at a seminar. The doctor was in such pain that he couldn’t stand up straight or walk correctly. Dr. Francis checked him out with Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, made a few corrections on his body with chiropractic adjustments, reflexes and acupressure related to organs and muscles, and had him walk across the room. He improved slightly but noticeably on the first try. Dr. Francis observed him and continued to do more muscle testing and corrections. After a few more cycles of this the doctor looked as if he never had a problem. I never saw healing happen in front of my eyes like this before.

Afterwards I talked to Dr. Francis about my health issues and he had a certainty about him that he could help me. I was a student at the time and didn’t have much money but I knew I had to make the sacrifice because nothing else had helped me up to this point. I went to his office in Las Vegas and in under two hours I felt transformed as a person. I felt as if I was physically lighter. Everything was visually more vivid, the sky was bluer and the grass was greener. Before I went into his office that day I didn’t even notice there was any grass in Las Vegas but afterwards it was all glowing green and getting my attention. I told myself that I was finally on the right track. I was instructed on how to eat, how much water to drink, what supplements to take, and when to return for the next step of my healing.

I drove home and walked into my home where my then girlfriend was waiting for me. She just stared at me with her mouth dropped open. I asked her what was wrong. She said I looked like a different person, that my face had changed. To this day I show people my old drivers license to show them the person that moved out of my body to make room for the new me.

Dr. Francis wound up taking my under his wing and mentoring me soon after. I still learn form him to this day. Along the way I have also gained many other teachers and mentors in different areas of life.

  • I have studied many chiropractic techniques. Adjusting the joints of the body is an art. An artist should have many tools and a creative means to know when to use what. These techniques include:
    • Diversified
    • Gonstead
    • Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T.)
    • Network Spinal Analysis
    • Directional Non-Force Technique
    • Extremity adjusting, and more.
  • Additional muscle testing techniques and treatment modalities such as:
    • Total Body Modification (TBM)
    • Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)
    • Total Kinesiology (TK)
    • Natural Healing (NH)
    • Bio-Dynamic Resonance (BDR), and others that I have learned over the years but do not use much.
  • Nutritional, herbal, homeopathic, and flower essence usage from a functional perspective.
  • Refinement of my intuitive nature that I always had. This helps me, in conjunction with my medical training, to pinpoint what a person needs in the structural, physiological, mental/emotional, as well as energetic aspects of a patient.
  • Shamanism to help with spiritual spiritual conflicts that may be present.
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy to help shift thought patterns.

I continuously look to learn from my career, teachers, peers, patients, and my intuition to help people the best I can.


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Phone: 202-780-9212
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