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. Check our last week’s post on the first principle of natural medicine.
The second principle of natural medicine is:
THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE : Vis Mediatrix Naturae
As herbalists and natural medicine practitioners, we see nature and all her medicine as alive, living, intelligent, and informed. We trust in the inherent wisdom and power of the body to heal itself. And this is because the body is not separate from nature, it is not outside of nature, but intrinsically woven into the fabric of nature. That means we are intelligent, we are alive and living, and we are healthy by nature and able to heal.
When you fall over and graze your leg, your body heals the wound. It knows exactly what to do.
The healing process itself is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. When we use plants as medicine we are attuning our bodies and reminding them or their aliveness through a mirroring with Earth’s field of flowers, roots, bees, trees, whales, and oceans. We are waking up the innate healing capacity of our bodies.
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