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A Return To Self: An Embodiment of Integrative Medicine (new blog)

A Return to Self: An Embodiment of Integrative Medicine. 

Inspired by my patients, the works of Dr. Hahnemann, Dr. Villoldo and Marianne Williamson

We are in a gorgeous time where people are seeking help beyond allopathic (conventional) means. Integrative health clinics are springing up everywhere and the word “alternative medicine” is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. What is it we are truly seeking and what can these modalities honestly provide?

I will be sharing with you the success I have had with the modalities I have embodied and taken on as an Integrative health practitioner. 

Alternative medicine indicates that it is the alternate to what is considered the most common and desired forms of medicine. But the reality is, what is considered alternative is actually just another form of medicine and most of these modalities have been practiced a lot longer than what we identify with as conventional medicine today.

Unfortunately, we have been misled on many levels.  Whether we have cancer, a neurological condition, mental illness, deep seeded grief, autoimmune condition - whatever the case may be, we all want to get cured & healed. It is not when allopathic medicine has run out of options that we resort to ourself, but in the immediate to ensure shift and change.  Often pathology can be reversed because it is natural to the body. Conditions don’t just arise out of the blue, there is always that instance where there has been a shift in the organism. Therefore, what has naturally occurred in the body, can most often be reversed naturally.

Through whatever trauma or illness we are experiencing, we are wanting to reconnect with ourselves. Conventional medicine of course has its place, it works beautifully in emergency medicine, but with chronic and even acute conditions there are modalities which reconnect us back to ourselves and truly allow us to cure and heal ourselves quickly and naturally. 

No one can cure or heal ourselves, but ourself. An excellent practitioner has acquired the skills to be a mediator between the patient and the appropriate remedy or skill set. It is also going beyond what is now considered “Green Medicine”, where we pump ourselves up on supplements to achieve cure. Supplements have their place, but they can also suppress the natural dis-ease.  We want to be moving away from this idea of suppression. Suppression continues to push things back into the body; we want to be releasing and removing what is not helpful and healthy from the body. 

There are sometimes steps to acquiring a complete state and it is an ongoing process. To live in complete homeostasis (balance) is very difficult because we are dynamic beings and daily life is like little waves, but it’s how we deal with the obstacles we are faced with. 

I will be sharing cases and offering tools to help one foster change.  In the immediate it is about paying attention to the subtle signs we are being presented with. We may stumble upon a book or this blog and it intrigues one to take a step further. Pay attention to those subtle occurrences because they are all around you, offering you information and insight. 

How often though have you read an incredible book with so much helpful information  about your diagnosed condition or about general health and well being, but you find it difficult to embody the principles and ideas into the self?  Illness and trauma gets lodged in the organism and this is when pathology starts to present itself. It is sometimes very hard to embody those desired teachings when there are true blocks and pathology that needs to be dealt with. 

Understanding pathology is not about a definition of a diagnosed condition, but understanding that everything is considered pathology; pathology is dwelling on the past, irregular menstrural cycles, sexual health, skin eruptions, everything that the organism is presenting is considered pathology and it is going beyond what is considered common presentations to pathological diagnoses.  

We all have our stories and those stories are important to tell at least once. It is our stories that indicate where cure and healing need to take place. Once what needs to be addressed has been indicated, we then work towards going beyond our stories so our mental/ emotional and physical stories & ailments stop defining us.

In best of health,

Rachel Levine MSc, DSHomMed

Rachel Levine has a Master of Science in Integrative Health and is an honours graduate from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. She also works with earth based energetic practices taught by Dr. Alberto Villoldo. Her work has been published in Integrative and Homeopathic Medicine journals and she has spoken Nationally and Internationally.  Rachel is based in Montreal, but her practice spans nationally and internationally; she has patients throughout North America, Europe and South Asia.

Currently she is a  supervisor at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and will be teaching at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. 

To book a session, please see www.healthfirst.me for contact information.

What Is Homeopathic Medicine?

What is Homeopathic Medicine?

Homeopathy is a medicine that is based on the law of similars. Samuel Hahnemann a German physician who lived between 1755 through 1843, founded this therapeutic method after studying the history of medicine. He brought together two Greek roots, homoios meaning “similar” and pathos meaning “disease.” Homeopathy treats sick people with remedies that in crude doses would produce in healthy people symptoms similar to those of the disease needing to be overcome.

Remedies used by homeopathic physicians are devoid toxic agents and come from only natural substances.  Homeopathic remedies are given to stimulate a reaction in the organism. Only a living organism can stimulate itself to heal, and homeopathic remedies provoke this healing response. Homeopathy targets the fundamental cause of disease.

The underlying cause of the symptoms or disease is the susceptibility of the patient.   A predisposition to illness can be categorized into three groups: susceptibility acquired during life and hereditary dispositions. Second: stress and environment, and third: hygiene and lifestyle (mental hygiene included).

The individual is who suffering from an acute condition ( due to infection, intoxication, shock or an accident etc) or a chronic disease (psychological, physical or emotional), displays an imbalance that is unique to the individual. The homeopathic physician greatly examines in fine detail all the symptoms and states to the individual and dispenses a remedy according to their particular state.

How Does a Homeopathic Consultation Take Place?

The patient will be asked to describe all of her or his problems in great detail as well as everything that is distinctive to him such as his feelings, psyche and sensitivity. As well, as all general responses such as energy, sleep, thirst, hunger etc. An initial consultation approximately takes two to three hours. The greater the physician understands their patient, the more accurate their prescription will be.

Which Disease can be Treated with Homeopathy?

Homeopaths treat those who are sick. Whether the person has an acute or chronic condition, all symptoms physical, mental and emotional comprise an entire state of imbalance to the person. The goal of the physician is to recognize the disturbed state and decide on a particular remedy accordingly. Homeopathy is a tailored medicine to the individual.

Can a Pregnant Woman or Baby Benefit from Homeopathy?

Since homeopathic remedies are devoid of chemical toxicity, homeopathy is the most ideal medicine to people of all ages and newborn babies. Homeopathy is very successful during pregnancy and after delivery; as well, all the issues that the newborn may have can be treated successfully with homeopathic medicine with no side effects.

How Does Homeopathy Fair with Mental and Emotional Problems?

Homeopathy works exquisitely well as the remedies balance out the individual with the correct application of the remedy. As a rule, patients under psychotherapy recover more quickly with the use of homeopathy.

How Does Homeopathy Treat Infectious Disease?

Homeopathic treatment is to optimize the natural defenses against microbes. People with accurate prescription heal rapidly, gently and surely even from the most serious ones. Results obtained during times of epidemic have been constant with low mortality rates. 

Conventional Medicine Towards Homeopathy.

Since the inception of homeopathy, conventional medicine has been trying to halt the progress of its advancement. Homeopathic physicians have been accused of dispensing “placebos” in spite of the countless double blind studies that have been conducted displaying the efficacy of homeopathy.

Homeopathy has bee practiced for more than two hundred years, but is still early in its growth. It is one of the most difficult medicines to practice as it is based on pure observation. With the disillusionment of conventional medicine, homeopathy is the second most practiced medicine globally, where conventional medicine is fourth.  Homeopathy is one of the most respectful medicines as it takes into account the whole person and the most efficient medicine in restoring health back to the sick.

 Summary

Homeopathy is an art and science which is a distinct branch of therapeutics.  When homeopathy is practiced at the highest standards, it is the treatment of choice for both acute and chronic conditions.