What is Holistic Healing?

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What exactly is “holistic healing?”

ho·lis·tic  [hō lis tik]

> Relating to, or concerned with, complete systems rather than with the

analysis, treatment, and/or dissection of the whole, into parts.

> Holistic medicine treats both the mind and the body, and views humans and the environment as a single system.

THE PHILOSOPHY: HOLISM is characterized by comprehension of the parts of something – as intimately interconnected and explicable – only by reference to the whole.

Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account emotional, mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.

As a practitioner of various holistic “alternative medicine and healing modalities,” it is very clear to me that we have lost connection with the very source of what was created to give us “perfect health.”  The Earth and all its Elements, and the Sun, Moon and Stars. The Universe was created to give us everything we need to remain healthy, balanced and at peace.  The main reason we are so ill, stressed, angry and at war (even with ourselves), and overwhelmed with all types of cancers and emotional and mental dysfunctions, is the result of our not living in rhythm with the Universe and its Elements.  The Zodiac Signs are not only a map of the heavens, but is a map of your inherent health strengths and weaknesses, that are predetermined and set – in accordance with the alignment of the planets and stars – at the moment of your conception.

The Elements of the Universe: ether, air, fire, water, wood, metal and earth are intimately connected with all twelve of your body’s systems – respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, immune, etc.  Each of the twelve zodiac signs are also intimately connected to, and govern, the health, viability and stability of all twelve of your body organs (lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, etc).  Running along your spine, from the top of your head to its base, lie seven (basic) energy centers called Chakras, that are a profound source of healing for our emotional traumas, crises and challenges that we might experience in life (present as well as ancestral traumas that we have not reconciled and released, that have manifested as disease), from conception, in the womb, through all stages of our life, and into adult maturity.  Crystals and gemstones share a magnetic energy field with the cells in our body.  All crystals are born deep within the earth’s magnetic field, and they absorb the Earth’s magnetic charge as well as stellar radiation.  Each cell within the human body also has an electrical charge and when the charge of a crystal is brought close to a cell, or to the Aura, (the biomagnetic sheath that surrounds the physical body, it gently brings the energy of the cell, or the Aura, back into balance, relieving stress in the body. This means that the crystals and gemstones that we carry in amulets or pouches and wear as jewelry, have the ability to restore balance in our bodies, the lack of which may manifest as stress or disease/illness.

Our foods, water, the Sun, crystals and gemstones, and the very Prana (energized life force) are at our disposal as remedies for whatever might ail us.  We just have to reconnect with our roots, the Earth, and our bodies, to relearn how to heal naturally.  Our body already knows how to heal itself – we just must relearn how to let it.

I invite you to embark upon a journey through this column, of discovering how simply you can regain control over whatever states of imbalance, dis-ease, stress, and wellness challenges you might be faced with.  Each article will be an invitation for you to engage in knowledge that will enable you to begin to eliminate cycles of disease, and change them into cycles of health and wellness.

One of the most powerful sources of natural medicine are herbs, and our foods.  Although “herbology” may not be an active term in your vocabulary, it is a reality in your life.  The mustard on your table and many of the spices in your kitchen come from herbs; most of the vegetables in your salad are herbs, and if you have a yard/garden, many of the plants growing there (whether by your or their own design) are also herbs.  The medicinal properties of herbs are defined by their specific chemical constituents which determine their direction and energetic reaction in the body.

Each family of plants has its own peculiar habit of taking from the soil a specific group of chemical elements that give it its specific healing properties.  It is the chemical constituent “tannin,” for example, in herbs like White Oak Bark (the main ‘natural’ ingredient in aspirin), Kudzu (also used as a soup thickener), and Uva Ursi (widely used in many urinary tract disorders) that facilitates the tightening action (contracts tissue and arrests discharge) of these styptic (stops bleeding), and vulnerary (helps wounds heal) herbs.

Different herb parts heal different parts of our bodies. In fact, the physical, mental and spiritual embodiment of man is perfectly reflected the root, stem and leaves, flowers and fruits of a plant, in that all the chemical constituents of which our bodies are composed are contained therein, and are put here by the Divine Creator to serve us.  We just need to ask these plants, harvest them, prepare and take them, and live more in accord with the cycles of the universe, the seasons, days ~ and our bodies.


The medicinal properties of herbs like Uva Ursi, parsley root, gentian root, red raspberry leaves, buchu leaves, saw palmetto berries, kelp and bladder wrack, all contain chemical ingredients that promote the body’s ability to reduce high levels of sugar in the blood.  These herbs can provide a critical “natural” remedy when the pancreas is unable to produce sufficient insulin to convert glucose into energy within the cells (diabetes).  Lack of sufficient insulin can cause glucose to continue to circulate and accumulate in the blood.  This can become very dangerous for diabetics.  A number of organs are affected by diabetes: kidney, pancreas, spleen, liver and gall bladder.  Herbs like Uva Ursi, parsley root, gentian root, red raspberry leaves, buchu leaves, saw palmetto berries, kelp and bladder wrack all contain chemical ingredients that promote the body’s ability to reduce high blood sugar.

More often than not, we forget that “herbs are nature’s medicine.”  Ironically, herbs are the source of many pharmaceuticals.  Because man-made drugs are an adulteration of the source herb, they do not contain many elements, including the life force energy, and therefore are unable to heal or restore your balance or your vital energy!  Healing is the natural process by which the cells in the body regenerate and repair themselves to reduce damaged or necrotic tissue.  Herbs facilitate this healing.  Although many modern medical drugs can influence the rate of progression of many diseases, and reduce symptoms of sickness, they do not possess the same holistic healing qualities as herbal preparations. A single molecule pulled out of a plant manufactured in a laboratory does not have the same healing properties as the whole plant. In some cases, an additional vitamin or enzyme that occurs naturally in the plant is essential to trigger its action; or conversely, may have an adverse effect when isolated or “taken out of context” of the “whole!”  A plant, berry or piece of bark may contain up to 20 chemical constituents which interact to produce a healing effect.  When the whole herb is used all the other chemical constituents that naturally occur within the herb acts as “buffers” and “catalysts” amongst themselves, bringing a naturally safe synergy to the whole herb – a safeguard that can’t be reproduced in the isolated constituent that we pop as a pill.

Herbs also have specific energies, tastes and directions that affect a healing change, and act very similarly to our foods, in that they provide our body with nutrients and other components that enhance organ functions. The way you prepare the formula (as a tea, tincture, capsule, etc.) and the strength of the formula, which is determined by the proportions of each herb to others within the formula, will determine its healing power.  There are many foods and condiments in your kitchen that are healing. If you have cold extremities in the dead of winter, ginger may be your remedy, as it disperses its healing properties out to the extremities; or if you can’t really get  warm in your core, cayenne capsules will resolve that dilemma, as it contracts the warming energy to your center; or to relieve postprandial (after meals), chew a few fennel seeds fifteen to twenty minutes before meals; and a simple remedy to prevent infection for minor cuts, bruises or rashes, boil a couple of peach pits in water for twenty to thirty minutes, covered, let sit covered for another twenty minutes.  When cooled, use the water as a rinse on the affected area.

We are all healers, inherently, and we need to return to our roots and get back to nature.  I’m guessing that you would prefer to have nature’s medicine instead of medications with horrendous side effects.  So, it would behoove you to learn how to select the right herbs for the right symptoms in the right proportions to make effective formulas. It isn’t rocket science.  It’s relatively easy.  For example, to relieve migraines and headaches use nettles and dandelion; to strengthen the kidneys you can use golden rod and sarsaparilla; to help repair the liver (which rejuvenates the pineal gland) use milk thistle and dandelion; or my favorite Chinese herbal pair: bupleurum and peony.  Each of these herbs when used with others in effective combinations relieve dis-ease and restores balance to your organs.