As Plato, the Greek Philosopher said thousands of years ago – Treat the Whole Person (tolle totum).
I realized that no health product used in isolation as a supplement can be a clinical solution if they are not used within a wholistic lifestyle framework. Many of us failed to appreciate this point and work on it. We have the belief that the cause of diseases is external – my children, my spouse, my boss, the environment etc. This is why medicine doesn’t work on such people. The cause is always the ‘devil’, not me. The person would go from doctor to doctor, without a permanent cure.
This wholistic framework is so important that I pen my first book Leaf to Life, based on this topic. The book may not be appealing to some because it is about inner revolution.
So, what is Wholistic Lifestyle?
- Nurture the inner doctor – the vital force in our body assisted through natural remedies and regulation of life, in harmony with nature’s laws of health;
- Treat and heal the whole person – internally and externally;
- Peace within my whole being – body, mind, and soul, with others, the community, and the environment.
Let us start with the first one – Nurture the inner doctor.
When I watched my mum take her last breath and die peacefully in my arms, I was convinced that life extends beyond the physical level. Call it what you like: we each have a spiritual body and a spiritual inclination towards and longing for the divine and the sacred dimensions of life. When we embrace ourselves totally — body, emotions, mind, and spirit – then our lives are complete and whole.
Excerpt from book Leaf to Life (Buy now in Amazon books).
You and I are gifted with a vital force. This vital force is the energy that animates a living creature and even plants. Different traditions describe it with different names – permission of God (Islam), the breath of God (Christian), chi (Chinese), vital force (naturopathy).
Thus I see a person’s vitality through his eyes (St Hildegard mentioned that signs of death can be observed through the eyes), pulse, and the tongue. The vital force is manifested through the vitality of the person without signs of adrenal exhaustion. The vital force is very important. This is why we see people who are diagnosed with cancer yet they survived for years, sometimes without any medical intervention.
This vital force always seeks to balance your body, mind, and spirit.
The role of a naturopath /herbalist etc. is to help you strengthen this inner doctor.
Do know that you are given a self-healing force. Nurture it through natural herbs, diet, rest, spiritual pursuits, emotional balance etc. and the body can heal itself.