Finding your way can be done naturally with an understanding of science, love, compassion and learning new ways to self-care. In the grand scheme of it all, getting back to nature and basics creates space where you can rebalance and thrive.
There is the science, art and intuitive way of understanding ourselves where we are all the same in the most essential of nature yet each of us is unique. My position is to assist as a gateway for people to discover their innate ability to heal and create a better life.
SYSTEMS BALANCE Our body system constantly aims to find it’s ‘sweet spot ‘ . This sweet spot is also known scientifically as homeostasis . Homeostasis is the steady state internally maintained by living systems. For example, core body temperature, fluid, blood sugar, blood oxygen and energy in our body requires a steady state for optimal function. This steady state allows the body to heal. To do what is naturally innately human, which is to survive and thrive. Our body is here to serve us and so supporting our basic needs allows the internal wisdom of our body to heal.
OUT OF BALANCE Many diseases are a result of homeostatic failure. Being out of balance manifests in symptoms such as cold extremities, overheating, recurrent infections, energy depletion, poor sleep and sensitivity to pain. Understanding this process allows for management often without the use of pharmaceuticals.
RE-BALANCE Learning to rebalance involves listening to what your body is telling you and finding ways to respond positively. Often when the system is out of whack, it is confusing or overwhelming and a good time to reach out for help.
GETTING BACK TO BASICS When a reset or adjustment is needed, looking at our basic necessities is the best place to start. Why go straight to medication when making changes in our basic needs such as food, drink, sleep, activity and mental state have a direct effect on homeostasis. It’s all about lifestyle!
Of course in some cases, medication is needed. Plant based medication is a preferred option as the side effects are often less. Making adjustments to our basic needs in combination with plant based medicine and natural methods is certainly a good option for supporting the system’s re-balance. If pharmaceuticals are required, supporting the body’s homeostasis allows for optimal effect of the medication.
“ Supporting our innate homeostasis is the key for natural healing “
YIN/YANG & HOMEOSTASIS Chinese Medicine is based on the principle of finding the Golden Mean. It began over 3000 years ago through observing the natural way. Understanding the seasons, plants and animals allowed application to the human condition. Often a diagnosis is to determine the internal body milieu. Questions that are asked are; is there a deficiency or excess? Heat or cold? Yin or Yang? Acupuncture’s aim is to restore balance in a person’s system. Practicing acupuncture for over a decade has enlightened me to the importance of homeostasis.
YOUR ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM Research shows that we have a endocannabinoid system that has role to play in homeostasis. We have naturally occurring endocannabinoids which are lipid signalling molecules that activate a lock and key messaging system. The endocannabinoid system has role to play in pain, mood, and neuromuscular function. It has a role in reducing excitability of neurons. Using medicinal cannabis for some people provides the key to regulate the body. Medicinal cannabisin combination with other evidence based natural methods or what I consider a holistic approach, provides optimal support for re-balancing. For example, new research shows the link between exercise and the endocannabinoid system where a significant boost in endocannabinoids and improvements in mood following prescribed moderate-intensity exercise.
HOW TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY Take interest, learn and practice! It’s about being able to unplug out of our busyness and tunein to the quietest cry from our body. If the room is quiet then the sound of a pin dropping can be heard. This is what mindfulness practice is all about. Exercise or moving the body allows us to listen to our bodies also. Exercise often pushes us to the point of pain. This is our bodies letting us know where we need to put our attention to. Qigong is breathing and gentle movement exercises which is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. I personally find practicing qigong allows my space for internal reflection. Yoga is another popular way to assist in listening to your body.
It also helps to have an understanding of how our body works so there is a clearer picture of what is going on. It is through studying medicine as a doctor and looking after many unwell people that I have a better understanding of what it is to be well. Being a patient myself has provided the most insight for me in helping others.
FEEDBACK LOOPS We all know how important it is to connect with the world around us, but do we connect with what’s inside us as well? Our internal system is maintained by feedback loops. These neurochemical and hormonal feedback loops are communicating our constantly changing needs and making adjustments. For example, when our body temperature drops we shiver and contract our muscles to improve blood flow. This is done through feedback loops between our skin and hypothalamus in the brain. A disruption anywhere on the feedback loop is when things get out of kilter and homeostasis is disrupted. Learning about where the disruption points are can really assist with finding your way.