I got to sit down and watch a two-hour PBS special from 2006 called “The New Medicine.” It was well done and showed the progress that Modern medicine is making with technology as well as in integrating old wisdom with new practice. The treatment of illness by the Ancient Greeks was done with the understanding that there was a mind-body connection. During the Renaissance this changed when early autopsy’s were performed and disease was thought to be abnormalities of anatomy, leading Medicine to believe that if you can’t see it, it isn’t real. The road of healing became either mind or body, lacking the common sense integration of the mind, body and spirit.
What Western science and medicine believed was powerful and effective differed from what was often acceptable on the other side of the world in Eastern medicine. Thank goodness we are entering a new era, where in many cases, modern technology is proving the wisdom of the old world true.
Enlightened insurance companies are beginning to recognize that it is in the best interest of their bottom line and the premium paying insured that they consider treatments and preventative treatments that bring healing to the whole person on all levels of mind, body and spirit.
Doctors are now being trained in more common sense approaches in assessing the whole patient and providing Integrative care.
Common sense would say to listen to the patient, they are the expert on their illness because they are living with the illness.
Common sense would say to encourage finding ways to reduce stress and thus allow the body to heal faster and prevent many diseases from ever occurring.
Common sense would say to find Doctors who make you feel empowered and smart not passive and dumb.
Common sense would say to find ways to treat the unseen, because even though we might not see it, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
Common sense would say to find ways to build patient participation in the healing processes and not view them as the next prescription write up.
Common sense would say to use both modern technology and ancient wisdom. Integrate and combine them to treat the mind, body and spirit as a whole.
As an one who dabbles in the healing arts of the “world unseen” a.k.a “energy”, the practice of listening keenly to what is being said in words, through body language, by muscle testing and intuition allows healing to happen in a different way than Western medicine and defined Integrative Medicine. Yet, I feel strongly that both worlds have a place in the art of healing. I appreciate the doctors and nurses that spend time, energy and money to understanding the functions of the body. I appreciate others who have gifts to see and understand things that haven’t yet been scientifically brought to light. I appreciate most the patient. In healing, the most important person is the one who needs to be healed. Allowing for each approach to have its place in the healing world will in the long run, bring health, healing and hope in becoming whole again.