Secrets of Green Cultures Part V: Ancient Healing

To understand ancient healing and its green applications, one must think outside the box. These remedies often work through a human-nature or human-energy connection with the capability to heal the root cause as opposed to band-aiding symptoms. In many cases there are minimal to no side-effects as the body embraces the healing rather than be forced to accept it. NOTE: Never attempt these or any alternative remedies without the guidance of a trained professional.

Chinese Acupuncture

medicinaAlthough acupuncture may not seem like a secret, the origins of this 4000+ year old practice are. Did you know that one theory of the inception of acupuncture is during the Shang Dynasty when Chinese soldiers would return from battle with arrow wounds that inadvertently relieved pain in other parts of their body? The locations, a/k/a meridians, were notated and eventually used to heal many afflictions through mimicking the arrow wound with hairlike needles. The concept is that energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) becomes stuck in the body, similar to boulders in a river. This stuck qi impedes optimal health potentially causing disease. Acupuncture has the ability to release stuck or stagnant energy reducing pain and sometimes curing ailments altogether.

Native American Botanical Healing

Many texts document the American Indian medicine man’s secret earth giving talents. Oddly enough, the chemical compounds of many of these remedies have been transformed into pharmaceutical medicines. In fact, it is estimated that over 200 medical drugs can be traced back to botanical sources used by American Indians. One of these medicines is aspirin which contains acetylsalicylic acid, the same chemical found in white willow bark which Indians boiled and ingested for relieving toothaches, headaches and joint pain. Observing ailing animals and what they ate in nature to heal themselves was the template used by indians to heal themselves. Some of the many plants and herbs used as remedies include: echinacea, goldenseal, juniper, wintergreen, black cohosh, uva ursi, sage and valerian root.

Europe’s Unsung Hero

homeopathyIn the late 1700‘s German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, created homeopathy, the science of ‘like-cures-like’. By painstakingly testing the potent effects of plant, animal or mineral specimens and then reducing the potency through a process called succussion (high dilution and vigorous shaking), Hahnemann was able to find the exact remedy for ailments that had similar symptoms of that remedy. For example, if someone becomes infected with poison ivy the homeopathic remedy rhus toxicodendron (poison ivy) is administered in a safe, highly diluted formula. However, similar symptoms may also warrant this remedy such as hives, chicken pox, herpes, mumps, measles and more. Since its inception, homeopathy has been criticized due to its lack of scientific evidence (other than a positive healing outcome, which was not enough for science). Mainstream medicine convinced the public that homeopathy was quackery, even when hospitals that administered homeopathic remedies for a cholera outbreak in the 19th century had lower death rates. Regardless, the practice re-emerged in the 1970’s and is being successfully used by naturopathic, holistic and even some conventional practitioners today.

The Green Connection

These and many other secrets of ancient healing can be applied to the green movement in many ways. Here are a few points:

  • Less reliance on synthetic drugs means less chemicals in our soil, water and air.
  • Natural healing perpetuates positive energy flow which is embraced by our planet.
  • Production of alternative remedies is more eco-friendly than chemical processes.
  • Corporate insurance will whither in manipulative power.
  • The business of healing will become more about the patient and less about the remedy’s bottom line.

Dedicate your Earth Day celebration to finding the right healing modality for preventing or eliminating disease. It may be the best decision you have ever made. Beware of unqualified practitioners making sure valid credentials and reputation precede them.

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