I use both mainstream Western and complementary medicine. Both have areas in which they are superior. For cases of violent physical trauma and of extreme physical pain relief, Western medicine has complementary medicine beat without question. In most other cases, I prefer to start my healing with complementary medicine.
One of my major issues with Western medicine is that most doctors are looking to provide symptom relief. If you have high cholesterol, they want to medicate the symptom rather than finding the source of the elevation. Diet changes may be suggested, but often there are other issues at hand that are ignored. If you are depressed, the Western doctors want to give a pill rather than looking at what might be causing the depression. If your thyroid is low functioning, they only want to put you on a thyroid medication rather than asking what is causing the thyroid to malfunction. In contrast, complementary medicine often (but not always) looks to find the underlying cause behind the pain and treat that. It’s about looking for the root of the issue to eliminate it long term rather than just finding immediate relief.
I see so many cases where people are being misdiagnosed by doctors who don’t dig deep enough for the true cause of issues. Using the example of severe anxiety, most doctors go straight to psychiatric medicines to control it without looking at the causes of the anxiety itself. While most people will have life stresses going on that are contributing causes, many others may have chemical imbalances in the brain that can be corrected through supplements and diets rather than just numbing the anxiety with drugs. For me, anxiety is usually a sign of parasites. A psychiatric medicine is not going to kill parasites; I would only be masking symptoms rather than treating the cause. I know of women whose anxiety is cause by hormonal imbalances due to hormonal birth control, but rather than change birth control methods, they choose to take another pill to medicate the symptoms of the first pill. For others, including me, anxiety may be a sign of spiritual or emotional issue that requires a type of healing that just isn't available within mainstream western medicine.
If you are struggling with a symptom that you feel that your doctors have not found the true cause of, please consider working with an intuitive such as myself. I will *never* ask you to stop taking your medications without your doctor’s consent, nor will I judge you for taking them: I understand from personal experience that Western drugs very much have their place in healing. What I will do is give you healing paths to explore with your doctor or with others whom I can recommend. If you don’t feel like you are getting better, then I can help you find changes to make that can change your quality of life radically, and in some cases, eliminate medications you feared you were going to have to take the rest of your life.
© 2015 Elizabeth Galen, Ph.D., Green Heart Guidance, LLC