THE 6 PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL MEDICINE:::
Each week we are exploring a different principle at the heart of the natural medicine modalities of herbalism and naturopathy. Ideally, these are principles at the heart of any healing therapy, as they are ideals that are supportive of life. In these discussions we can unpack what healing actually is, and make sure our choices are in line with that.
The third principle of natural medicine is:
IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE : Tolle Causam
This is a really important principle, which modern medicine is sadly failing at with dangerous repercussions. We must understand that a symptom is merely a flag getting your attention, and it generally isn’t the origin of the environment causing the issue. As a therapist it is your role to educate your client about this and to look beyond the symptoms to the underlying root causes. A holistic treatment will address both what’s presenting and what is underneath.
Symptoms are expressions of the bodies attempt to heal something and should not be merely suppressed. It’s actually very dangerous to suppress a symptom alone; it can tell the body you are ‘not concerned’, or ‘not listening’, and in effect can be similar to telling someone to stop crying when they are upset. Through the process of crying, our mind and body come into unison and confront something. By listening to a symptom we can follow it’s thread back to the root issue and thank the body for telling us what’s up.
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