Embracing a Holistic Lifestyle: Mind, Body, and Spirit
A Little History
I held a volume of the encyclopedia of natural medicine from my grandfather’s bookstore when I was 5 years old, and I never stopped reading it. Since then, I have been interested in and believed in the power of natural medicine.
I grew up on the coast, where my town had a beautiful beach along the Atlantic Sea. In my home, vitamin D sun baths were the doctor and a bath in the sea cured colds, no matter the time of year, as salt water opens nasal passages and cleanses nostrils.
I remember seeing a rubber bulb with an elongated hard plastic spout in my home medicine cabinet. My mother informed me that it was used for enemas when someone was sick, and I realized in those moments that cleaning was crucial for healing. We never went to the doctor or used antibiotics unless it was an emergency; instead, we relied on rest, orange juice, or enemas for cures.
During my youth, I lived in Sri Lanka and India, where I became interested in tribal medicine, Ayurveda, and Siddha. The primary focus of all these ancient or traditional practices is to cleanse the body. Toxins, whether physical or emotional, accumulate in the body and can be the cause of all diseases. Other practices include oil baths and their consumption to lubricate the body both inside and out.
In ancient civilizations, people had a culture of body maintenance that included practices such as fasting and seasonal rituals. These practices were deemed very important and can be traced back to ancient Egypt. From there, they spread throughout the Anatolian peninsula, where they were influenced by various cultures such as the Persian and Babylonian cultures, and eventually reached the Middle East and India.
East Asia is one of the richest continents in terms of knowledge about the human body and mind. Traditional Chinese practices such as Qi Gong and Taichi, the use of herbs and decoctions, and ointments are just a few examples. In addition, practitioners work with the body’s meridians using acupuncture and other techniques to manipulate energy. The ancients knew a great deal about these practices, and their knowledge is still relevant today. Ayurveda, a complex and ancient discipline, as well as yoga, which touches on all aspects of human development, are also part of this rich tradition.
In modern times, homeopathic medicine, Bach flowers, and other healing disciplines have emerged. Nutrition is also gaining recognition as an essential aspect of maintaining health. As humanity faces increasing health challenges, it is time to embrace new possibilities for healing instead of relying solely on what the general market offers. It is our responsibility to take charge of our well-being and make lifestyle changes to promote good health. By recognizing the value of our bodies, we can make better decisions that support and nourish them. We need a general awakening to raise awareness of well-being.
Personally, I have had a health consultant for the past thirty years. She was a doctor of homeopathic and osteopathic medicine, who worked with energies and had a natural clairvoyant ability. Whenever I had a health concern, I first investigate the cause of the problem and then consulted with her. Sometimes we need help, but other times, it is a matter of giving our bodies time to heal. Fear can be a negative influence, and we need to trust in our body’s healing power and take time to care for it.
The body is a perfect and complex machine that requires maintenance. Diseases often start to show signs long before they manifest fully. We should take action at the first signs of trouble to prevent the development of serious illnesses.
By integrating all healing modalities and sciences, we have access to a greater variety of resources than ever before in human history. However, we have also created a fast-paced lifestyle that often leaves little room for introspection and self-care.
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