Some people are not open to naturopathy, some do not respond to it. Why?

January 2012

In my clinical experience and perspective, the greatest stumbling blocks to health and healing are: firstly, the failure to acknowledge that psychological, lifestyle and spiritual stress can lead to body breakdown. The stresses may be due to childhood’s trauma and rejection, lack of love in the family, insecurity & fears manifesting as anger, impatience, intolerance, lack of self–love, lack of connection with the Higher Power, etc. For this reason, I do not hesitate to raise awareness and give pointers on spiritual living, in accordance to the patient’s background and cultural or religious traditions. It is part of naturopathy.

Secondly, the patient’s failure to take full responsibility for his or her healing journey.  The materialistic or allopathic view that all diseases are caused by outside factors (germs, bacteria, demons and other people) negates the need to evaluate one’s lifestyle and inner life. For these people, silence and meditation are terrible for them. Silence makes them confront their true self.

No healing will take place if we hold this kind of worldview. These are some reasons why holistic therapies such as naturopathy do not work in many cases, or seem an alternative attractive health option for many. It involves too much effort on one’s part and also the courage to look into our true self. Whenever someone remarks that he or she is not open to naturopathy or any form of holistic medicine, I think of the above stumbling blocks. Are they the underlying causes for that statement?

Let’s begin the New Year with a new resolution – to look into our life and our true self deeply. Our physical, emotional and spiritual health, what areas do I need to improve in order to live life fully for others and ourselves?

Pax (Peace)
Sebastian Liew, MNHAA (Australia)

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About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases.
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