I've been thinking and reading about health and healing a lot. Along with homeopathy, I am especially interested in nutrition (delicious, life-giving real food vs bloating, malnourishing and inflammation/mucous-causing 'fake' food) and how to bring our all-important hormones into balance.
I read about Daniel Amen's Daniel Plan (a guide to bringing about health using 5 pillars of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends). While I enjoyed Daniel's 5 pillars (and admire him for working with others to inspire a huge number of people to improve their health), I've been exploring how 5 H's apply to my view of well-being:
Any approach to healing needs to be holistic - along with a check-up at your GP (and blood tests if necessary), mind, body and spirit (what ever this means to you) all need to be considered...
... which is one of the many reasons I love homeopathy where time is taken to hear about many aspects of a client's symptoms, feelings, thoughts, health and life.
Balance and harmony are vital - in loving relationships with family and friends, spending time with loved ones / or alone, giving / receiving, working / free time, being active / resting, laughing / releasing sadness or anger, exploring new things / enjoying much loved favourites, budgeting / splashing out on a treat, eating to fuel your body / enjoying a treat...
... all of which will impact on your hormones. Whether you're a man or woman, hormones are affected by every aspect of your life and affect every aspect of your life leading to health or ill-health, balance or dysfunction - and are always changing and reacting to your environment and choices.
The bottom line is your habits (what you repeatedly do i.e. how you create your self). Diet, sleep, exercise, addictions, how you relate to and interact with others, whether you worry or problem-solve, think positively or fall prey to a repeated cycle of ruminating on doom and gloom - unhelpful habits may take some time to replace with good ones.
If you're unwell, malnourished, tired, overweight, underweight, depressed or have an active addiction, it is harder to maintain a positive outlook.
Healing requires a multi-faceted approach - homeopathy, a bio-individual approach to nutrition, a suitable balance of activity and rest, positive visualisation and affirmations (and if need be EFT, a Twelve Step program, seeing a counselor or seeking other professional help), may all be needed to help bring your body into balance - along with loving support and encouragement.
A good GP and the benefits of other natural healing modalities (e.g. osteopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal therapy, shiatsu, massage etc) as needed are also valuable supports. Many cultures have a culturally inherited perspective regarding health and we benefit greatly when we attend to these guiding principles or see those who are trained in traditional healing practices. Spiritual healers, lay healers and self-healing are also valuable options. There are those who insist that the right food can heal anything.
What are your views, principles or pillars of health? How are you going in achieving them? What have I left out? I would love to hear from you.