Approaches to Healing
In plants, Nature has provided us with medicine that is easily recognized
by our body systems for gentle assimilation and powerful healing effects.
Plants are life forms with vital energy, an expression of personality (think
of a century old oak tree or a robust sunflower), and complex biochemical
interactions like our own bodies. Therefore I choose to use botanical medicine,
homeopathy, and diet and nutritional support as my main therapeutics.
Herbs are complex medicinal compounds with a long history in traditional medicine.
Our body recognizes plant medicine as something closer to food and indeed
they often overlap. Our traditional cooking spices can be used as medicine
and even substantial food plants like oats also have botanical medicine properties.
This means herbs can provide us with powerful results and fewer side effects.
In my practice I often use herbs in a tincture form, meaning their medicine
has been preserved in alcohol. I often combine several herbs into one specially
formulated tincture. That way I can address imbalance in a number of different
systems at the same time.
Sometimes I will prescribe an herb to help in an energetic way. This will
have to do with the energy of the plant as it manifests in the world—the
personality of a delicate clinging vine is different from that of a stubborn
weed. In these cases, I am using the herb to help a patient achieve balance
in an emotional or energetic way, such as helping a person feel more grounded.
Flower essences and essential oils are some other ways I prescribe botanical
medicine physically or energetically.
Whole foods—My preference is that patients get the nutrition they need
from a wholesome diet and I work with people to balance and add healthful
variety to their diets. I love food and hope to inspire people to make and
appreciate good food so that processed food and other poor choices are less
appealing over time. Choosing and eating foods should be a joyous prospect
rather than a chore.
Sometimes we need help to get the nutrition we need. Our food sources have
become devitalized through cultivating and distributing practices. In some
patients, the body has been depleted over a long period of time through diet
practices or difficulty assimilating nutrition through poor digestion. While
working to address these underlying factors, I use nutritional supplementation
to help support the body in the short term.
is powerful medicine for breaking patterns. When someone is caught in a
story that they can’t see their way out of, and they are caught in
reactions both physical (i.e., symptoms) and emotional that aren’t helping
them any longer, homeopathy can loosen that very tight knot so that a patient
can start to see solutions for themselves. Symptoms are only a part of the
overall pattern that can be affected by this very powerful medicine.