There is the car mechanic level of medicine and then there is the designer level......it is good to be a good mechanic but it is also good to have some skills on a designer level....as it were....
In natural medicine we don't directly treat any disease or condition, in fact no natural remedy is FDA approved to treat named diseases; but rather we provide support for improving function in the body, the mind and the spirit and aspiring to better harmonize and hopefully restore one with the healing energies of Nature. Natural medicine simply assists in this process.
3 Levels of Medicine (quote taken from the perennial wisdom of Chinese Medicine)
- "The upper class of medicines.....govern the nourishment of destiny and correspond to heaven...., If one wishes to prolong the years of life without aging, one should" use these.
- "The middle class of medicines govern the nourishment of one's nature and correspond to man. ...If one wishes to prevent illness and to supplement depletions and emaciations, one should" use these.
- "The lower (class of) medicines....govern the treatment of illness and correspond to earth. If one wishes to remove cold, heat and (other) evil influences (from the body), to break accumulations, and to cure illnesses, one should base (one's efforts) on (drugs listed in) the lower (class of this) manual."
~ Shen Nong Ben Cao
I see a lot of people being awed by technological solutions to health...ozone, ultraviolet radiation of blood, various devices and equipment, I.V. treatments, and much $$$ involved...often without satisfactory results. It is easy in many cases to get the cart before the horse. While I am certainly a 'technology' practitioner, in the later part of my career I have become more grounded and I suggest that my patients do the same.
One of my favorites quotes from one of my teachers speaking to her students:
"Because habits don't change overnight, and what I love about all of the Medicine Without Form principles is that I'm not interested in any healing modality or any activist modality that doesn't make me feel a whole lot better by the end of the day. I don't need to become perfect overnight, but I need to feel better by the end of each day. This practice we're learning right now is a way of making an offering that's going to lower your blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, and have all kinds of other wonderful health benefits in your own body. If someone else needs days, weeks, even months to accept the invitation of realizing that actually when they come to common ground and they let their weight come down and be grounded, they are not too much, fine. In the meanwhile, while you are waiting for them to accept that invitation, you are doing something that is helping your own body; it is not draining; it is actually strengthening. So here you are, all of you the sheriff of this town, all of you not too much when you allow yourself to come all the way down and ground so that it flows into common ground. Stay in your body, feel inside of yourself there's a whole world in there, not sacrificing it, not leaving it behind in village life".
Thea Elijah, Perennial Medicine....Medicine Without Form Principle
I realize some aspects of the above quotes may be obscure but you will come to understand in my practice that wellness medicine is not just a revamped form of allopathic medicine 2.0 but that wellness medicine if practiced and administered and received properly is not only deeply healing but can be transformative.
In this regard I should clarify. I have so many people who inquire about 'can you cure me' or 'will this remedy' cure me. And yes, it is good to know that any given remedy or protocol has helped someone else. But each person is unique and each presentation is unique, so it is NOT appropriate for me to make any such claims in my practice. I don't use such words in my practice. For one thing it is important for anyone considering using natural medicine (and let me reiterate again) - that there are NO herbal, homeopathic, or supplements that are FDA approved to 'treat or cure' any given condition or disease. (Only in recent years have a few natural remedies been approved to do so). This is not to say that one should despair of using 'evidence-based' remedies to assist the healing process.
Since the soul has its own wisdom, the outcome of treatment is not always predictable. The solutions brought about after taking remedies are often creative. You need to keep an open mind to what may unfold, rather than having expectations about what should or should not happen, because your future might turn out to be something completely other than what you had in mind.
I hope to meet you at the crossroads of care and assist you in your journey to greater wellness, wholeness and well-being. Dr. Hale