All forms of medicine deal with the body, but how body-friendly is it to have repeated invasive treatments, surgeries, removal of organs, followed by strong opiate pain relievers?
The point of natural medicine isn’t just to use herbs instead of harsher drugs. It is also to center your sense of what medicine actually is for you within you. This is the real preventive medicine: staying in touch enough with your own body to have an ongoing relationship with the world of natural medicine.
Don’t ask your medical doctor about herbs. As a reliable rule they don’t know anything about them.
Ask your body about the herbs you come into contact with.
This is an intuitive communication that comes in the form of feelings. A good feeling from something we come into contact with or a not-so-good feeling. This relationship with the body is very possible and many people end up forced to live it, learning it by a trial-by-error and suffering.
Ask your body about what it wants. This applies to nutrition, foods, supplements, herbs — it may even extend to environments, and yes, people. We each live with the body we have 24/7. A 10 minute visit with an MD or any other health professional cannot course correct stubborn ignorance of our own health.
When confronted with medical know-it-alls who poo-poo her chosen natural remedies, my mom likes to tell such doctors, “I’ve lived with this body for 70 years — you just met me.”
Science at this point knows way too little to be cocky and certain about what doesn’t work. Not only that, most of what you see in modern medicine is not science so much as technological development applied rather clumsily much of the time to the practice of medicine.
By contrast, natural medicine traditions around the world reach back thousands of years and are to be credited with what got humanity to the 20th century of the chemical paradigm shift. Didn’t take long to see the errors of chemicals, chemicals, chemicals, all sold to us with the promise they’d make things better with little if any thought or research given to the consequences to our bodies or our environment.
To navigate this healthily, following our intuitive guidance is essential, even if you don’t use my terms or do it my way. The body has its own wisdom that can serve us well — IF we don’t get in its way.