It could be said that natural health is the end result of using natural medicine. Natural medicine refers to medicine that uses substances that are biochemically compatible with our cells. Humans are multi-cellular organisms. We are the result of over 4 billion years of evolution, starting from a single-cell organism.
Substances that are biochemically compatible with our cells occur naturally in Nature, such as oxygen, water, nutrients and phytonutrients from plants and herbs. In other words, natural medicine is using methods that avoid introducing foreign substances into the body. For example, substances that are not biochemically compatible with our body are often shunned in natural medicine. Think Hippocrates, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
Other natural methods that "do no harm" and do not introduce foreign substances into the body include: hydrotherapy, meditation, reiki, relaxation, rest, physical activities, sleep, socializing. I'm sure you can think of many more.
Some premises of natural medicine include:
- the healing power of the body and nature. This means the body has the ability to heal itself.
- the underlying causes of disease should be addressed, not just the symptoms.
- disease process affects the entire person - physical, environmental, emotional, mental, spiritual and social dimensions of his life - not only the specific body part that is considered sick.
- finally, prevention is extremely important.
Each one of us uses natural medicine once in a while. Don't believe me? Well, have you ever soaked in a hot tub to relieve sore muscles? You did? Well, there you go - that's natural medicine - hydrotherapy.
Of course, no one asks you to give up conventional medicine. As for me, when I have sore muscles, I can either take pain relief medication or I can choose natural medicine and soak in the hot tub. And guess what? I always choose the hot tub. For me it's just as effective -- and let's face it, it's a lot more fun. Plus, I get to wear my bikini there!