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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Choosing a Family Healer

Deciding whom to choose to heal you family is a tough decision.  You want someone whom is
  • caring and passionate about their work. 
  • you can talk freely with and feel confident that the person is truly listening. 
  • you can trust your most important treasure... your family.
Modern medicine is amazing.  The ailments that can be prevented, cured, and "healed" are numerous.  Sometimes though, I find modern medicine to be lacking.  Lacking in a true connection to its patients.  Lacking in alternatives to taking medications or having various procedures performed.  Just overall... lacking.

I have been on yet another quest of mine.  This time I am in search of the best alternative medicine practitioner for my family.

I want to simplify.  (Yes, there is that wonderful word again.  Just say it with me for a moment... simplify.  I love it!)

For several years now, I have been taking a variety of medications for a wide range of ailments... anything from a running nose to anxiety/ depression to a vitamin D deficiency.  For at least the past 5 years, I haven't felt great at any given time. 

Don't get me wrong.  I am rarely "sick".  I can just remember a time when I had a spark that I am now for some reason missing.

Well, I want that spark back dammit!

I really believe that many times your body can heal itself.  With a bit of patience and help from nature, the body is capable of miraculous things.  I just need to find someone to help guide me in the right direction on my path to naturally healing my family.

Below are some of the most common natural health practitioners.  The information provided is copied directly from a variety of sites.  Click each link to read the complete article on each of these alternatives to modern medicine.

Ayurveda provides an integrated approach to preventing and treating illness through lifestyle interventions and natural therapies. It is based on the view that the elements, forces, and principles that comprise all of nature - and that holds it together and make it function - are also seen in human beings. In Ayurveda, the mind (or consciousness) and the body (or physical mass) not only influence each other - they are each other. Together they form the mind-body. The universal consciousness is an intelligent, aware ocean of energy that gives rise to the physical world we perceive through our five senses. Ayurvedic philosophy and practices link us to every aspect of ourselves and remind us that we are in union with every aspect of nature, each other, and the entire universe.

Chinese Medicine practitioners assess a person's health by feeling the pulsations at each wrist and by observing the color and form of the face, tongue, and body. This information is interpreted in the context of a patient's present and past complaints, work and living habits, physical environment, family health history, and emotional life.

Homeopathic Medicine is a  natural pharmaceutical science that uses various plants, minerals or animals in very small dose to stimulate the sick person's natural defenses. The medicines are individually chosen for their ability to cause in overdose the similar symptoms the person is experiencing.

Naturopathic Medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a clogged artery or a tumor. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.

Osteopathy is a system of health care which recognizes that the self-healing, self-regulating ability of the body is dependent upon a number of factors, including favourable environmental conditions (internal and external), adequate nutrition and normal structural integrity. It utilizes generally accepted methods of diagnosis, as well as certain specialised ones developed to facilitate accurate structural assessment. It places special emphasis upon the importance of body mechanics, and uses manipulative techniques to detect and correct, faulty structure and function.

I am not any closer to selecting an alternative method of healing for my family than before I began my search.  Each practice seems to have many favorable qualities.

Do you go to an alternative medicine practitioner?

What kind did you choose and why?

I'd really enjoy hearing your insights.

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Thank you for visiting Natural Simplicity. I hope I have helped you on your journey to getting back to the basics.
One Pink Fish


*All remedies mentioned on Natural Simplicity have been found on the web or in books as I learn to heal my family in a more natural manner.

* Always remember to consult a health care professional before trying any form of alternative medicine.