Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I've been thinking alot lately about how important it is to have sharing and cooperation between all the practitioners working on a given case. A physician, while perhaps reluctant to acknowledge improvement due to energy medicine work, can still appreciate changes in status and ultimately everyone benefits from having more knowledge about the situation at hand. Two people in the same basic field can collaborate on client work importantly too. Different approaches and insights can provide valuable tools in almost any case.
Another adjunct to this thought is timing of treatment. In some cases an individual may need to gain strength before a protocol will be effective. It is important not to give up on something that isn't working at the beginning; it may be that the person isn't in a place where it can in that moment. My theory on this has always been to begin at a point of basic strengthening and harmonizing, and move on from there. Once you gain some "structural integrity", so to speak, you have a lot better chance of moving forward with treatment successfully. It is at that point when something that didn't "work" in the beginning has a chance, because the person is stronger than they were at the very beginning.
The challenge of energy medicine work in an allopathic context is that often it can seem that "nothing" is happening. Allopathic medicine targets symptoms, attacks germs, cuts out offending items, medicates with single point formulas. While this can, and often does, provide symptomatic relief that progresses to healing, often it does not. Energy medicine has to work a bit longer in these instances since it has to balance out not only the basic disharmony in the body, but the extra "load" provided by the treatment itself. Each individual also has a physical limit within which they operate, and places beyond which they cannot go. There are always progressions, times of improvement, and times of falling back. This is a theater of operations that requires patience and an open mind. Therefore, while chronic pain, physical conditions such as CFS and Fibromyalgia, functional disorders such as IBS, and conditions such as lupus, MS or Lyme Disease can all be aided by energy work and botanicals, it is a question of cooperation between practitioners and willingness of everyone to keep trying various modalities. The goal is always to have the individual experience longer and longer periods without disharmony, and a persistent, gentle approach can bring that about.
Kelley Rico is a trained herbalist and aromatherapist, and a Certified Flower Essence and Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner.