In every profession there are tools that are specific for the job being performed. Whether we are hiring an expert or doing it ourselves it is important that we choose the right tools for the job. A carpenter might have a hammer and saw whereas a beautician would have a water bottle, a mirror, and some scissors. Just the same we wouldn’t want to work on our health with the wrong item just as we wouldn’t want our barber working on us with a hammer and saw.
So, what are the tools of a holistic medicine practitioner? I suppose there are a lot of options which I could mention, just as a carpenter has many options in his toolbox, but I’d like to talk about a few things I use in my practice for my clients and in my own life. I find that my recommendations to those clients who seek my help revolve mostly around homeopathic remedies. As a holistic practitioner it is important to deal with an individual emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically, and homeopathic remedies require that you do just that.
According to The Society of Homeopaths, homeopathy is “a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing.” The art of homeopathy requires a practitioner to match the homeopathic remedy to the individual through an in depth analysis of physical, emotional, and spiritual symptoms. The proper homeopathic remedy therefore works on an individual in each of these three areas making it ideal for a holistic practitioner who is looking to address more than the physical manifestations of disease. It takes training and experience to become proficient in choosing the correct remedy but when properly applied one will experience amazing results in their physical as well and emotional and spiritual health.
The other resource I use as holistic medicine is the collection of flower essences discovered by Dr. Bach. According to Wikipedia, “The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.” I find these essences to be highly effective in conjunction with homeopathy. I have personally watched clients recover from physical ailments that were directly related to emotional stresses simply by using the Bach flowers. Although, like homeopathy, one must match the proper flower essence to the individual, unlike homeopathy, there are only 38 options from which to choose, making the choice much easier. In addition, the flowers’ descriptions are less complex than the descriptions you find for homeopathy. Bach flowers therefore are a bit more user friendly for the untrained, do-it-yourselfer.
So if you are looking into holistic medicine and want to know what it entails and whether or not it fits your situation, I highly recommend that you find the right person with the right tools. Many of the above mentioned remedies can be purchased at your local health food store, but unfortunately, just as a hammer with a screw, or a screwdriver with a nail, will be ineffective unless properly matched to the task. Find the right master carpenter however and you will be amazed at what a few simple tools can do.