Vix Medicatrix Naturae
The healing power of nature is a key component of Naturopathic Medicine. Our body was made to heal itself. We get sick because of what the world presents us with. We are all born with a blank slate, but we are introduced to different toxins, bacterias, and infections but also introduced to the good things too! We need to be exposed to some of these so our immune system can strengthen itself. But, how we treat it is where the problems start to arise. We medicate or suppress the symptoms rather than understanding where they are coming from and how our body might actually be able to help the healing process without any outside help.
Naturopathic Doctors try to restore the healing power of the body. You would be surprised how powerful the healing power of our bodies truly is. As a Naturopathic Doctor, we work towards removing obstacles to cure and work to facilitate and augment the healing power of the body. By providing natural remedies, we treat the whole body naturally, rather than putting in more harmful products. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time and place for medications and they are necessary to have in the world. But if we stop and think and assess the situation, sometimes we can find alternative routes to therapy that won’t have the harmful side effects on our body.
Connecting with nature may seem a little voodoo to a lot of you, but sometimes this just means connecting your mind and your body and facilitating the nature within you. Whether this means trying out meditation, going for a walk to solely listen to the birds, starting a gratitude journal, practicing your breathing – it can be anything. Something that brings your awareness back to your body. Being aware of what is happening within our body is one of the biggest challenges for a lot of us! So my homework for you is to find something that makes you reconnect your mind and body. I’m a big supporter of meditation so if it’s something you’re not quite sure about, try out one of these apps on your phone.
- Insight timer: allows you to see others around you who are meditating, choose from a huge variety of meditations.
- Calm: allows you to choose a type of meditation (I often recommend starting with a body scan), and the length of time – you can start with 3 minutes!
- If you don’t have a phone, or aren’t quite tech savvy, just go on YouTube and type in “guided body scan meditation for beginners” and find a short 3-5 minute video and give it a try!
What is your way to connect your body with your mind?