I am often asked by clients, friends and colleagues whether natural remedies are required as part of a healing protocol. “Do I really need to take remedies? Can’t I just eat well and exercise?” My initial answer is always the same: it depends on what you are looking for on your health journey, and how you want to walk your path to wellness.
The physical benefits
On the physical side, there are many reasons why one might take natural remedies, including to maintain current health, for cleansing and detoxification, or to support the body in times of illness. Many people choose to use natural remedies such as vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies, and homeopathic remedies to help their physical bodies regain a sense of balance and vitality. The addition of natural remedies to a good dietary and lifestyle program can help cleanse, nourish, and support the physical body in much deeper ways than is available through food and exercise and can often bring about results much more quickly than could be otherwise achieved.
Our bodies are constantly working, and natural remedies can provide them with nutrients that can’t be obtained from food. Herbal remedies, for example, are prepared in a way that releases active ingredients into our bodies that are not available to us when they are processed through our digestive system. Many of these components have powerful nutritive, healing, and cleansing properties. Historically, plants and herbs were picked, prepared, and concentrated, then consumed as part of a natural diet or routine to ensure good health. Herbal preparations today carry on this tradition that has been somewhat lost by our busy society full of convenience foods.
The mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits
Along with the physical aspects of these natural health products, many well-known remedies also play a role in balancing the mental, emotional, and even spiritual layers of a person. Plants are gifts from nature, and have numerous applications. Homeopathic remedies, vitamins, and minerals, can also be used in the various levels of healing. It could be suggested that every physical remedy also has a mental / emotional / energetic application.
In Chinese Medicine and many other modalities, the organs and systems of the body each have an emotional, mental, and spiritual aspect. Remedies used to support any of these organs and systems will therefore also bring about change on these various levels. The liver, for example, is said to govern the emotion of anger and the mental constructs of planning and strategy; the heart governs emotions of love and caring for self and others, and imbalances in the heart can lead to feelings of depression and despair; and the large intestine helps us to “let go” of old ideas and constructs that no longer serve us.
In this regard and through clinical experience, we often find that remedies that assist with cleansing the liver and gallbladder both improve digestion and assist in balancing feelings of anger and resentment, making room for clearer thoughts and more positive action. Remedies for the physical heart can also be used to support the emotional heart, assisting with emotional pain, as well as to “open the heart” to new levels of awareness. Cleansing the colon and providing nutrition and support for elimination functions can help release old, toxic patterns that are impeding one from moving forward in life and create space for new ideas and experiences.
In my practice, I use a combination of herbal remedies, teas, homeopathic preparations, nature essences (flower, gemstone, and sea essences), and nutritional products to help clear, strengthen, and stabilize clients as we work towards their health goals. These recommendations come from looking at all aspects of a client’s current state of being and what we are hoping to achieve together. We might use a single remedy, or a combination of remedies depending on where they are at that point on their journey, and where they are ready to move to in the next phase.
The verdict, in my opinion and experience
Going back to the question: “Do I really need to use remedies to get well?”, in my practice, the answer is yes – I have found consistently that using specific remedies in specific applications (which is based on the unique case of the client before me) can drastically improve healing outcomes physically, as well as increase the mental, emotional, and spiritual awareness of the client, giving their body, mind, and soul the tools they need to reach their goals.
Clients who work with me are generally looking for deeper insight into their particular health condition and an understanding of how they can best achieve their goals on all levels of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The use of carefully chosen remedies can assist a client to restore balance and vitality to their physical body, calm and clear the mind, balance the emotions, and enhance self-awareness. The use of natural remedies can help them move through a challenging area with much more ease and in much less time then without the help of the remedy allies.
Nature has provided us with a number of amazing tools that can help us heal and gain a better understanding of ourselves in the process. These abundant gifts can help us achieve healthier bodies, more stable minds, balanced emotions, and greater concept of Self. These gifts are available to all of us, should we desire and choose to work with them. Instead of asking “do I have to use remedies”, we should be grateful of the wondrous supply of options and opportunities available to us.