Excited for the Possibilities
It is my experience that many people that go to the naturopathic doctor’s office, or any holistically minded practitioner for that matter, will leave the appointment excited and interested in the possibilities of health as well as the treatment itself. They tell their family and friends how great the appointment was. How the doctor talked to them in-depth about their current and past health, and what they envisioned the future of their health to be. Sometimes, they even begin to brag BEFORE they visit the practitioner. They are excited for the possibilities. They are enthusiastic. And they are ready to run full steam ahead with the plan that was created…until they get home. Once they step into their own house and start to look over the details of the plan, they start to think and rethink it all. This is where the problem begins.
Does it work?
The thing about holistic medicine, the thing that is both a turn on and a deterrent for most people, is that the approach to health is different from the one that we encounter on a daily basis. It looks at health and disease from a different vantage point and works to help its patient’s and clients get better by different means than conventional medicine. It is also generally much more involved than conventional medicine.
Most people that get a plan from a naturopath or holistic practitioner have to begin to take something or do something that they weren’t doing before. Or they need to STOP something that they’d been doing. Sometimes it’s one thing. Other times, it’s a list of things. Nearly ALL the time, it’s something that must be done for a long time (if not forever). Since this concept and these actions are new to most, they often don’t follow the treatment the way that it’s designed. Which means that they often won’t get the results that they are looking for. This often leads to disappointment, frustration, and the question, “Does it work?” Well, here’s my response.
It’s doesn’t work unless you do
- You have to put in the work if you want to see the results. It’s just like every other long term goal that you may have
- You can’t do it for a few days and give up (unless you have an acute problem like a cold or flu). You can’t eat a small side salad for a week and think it’s enough. The treatment is designed to help YOUR BODY heal itself. That takes time. That takes patience. That takes consistency.
- Your body needs time: you can’t expect your body to have a condition for the last 2 decades, and 1 herb or a couple of veggies to cure it in a few days. Your body doesn’t work that way. The longer you’ve had a condition, the longer it will probably take your body to reverse it. It can happen, but you have to give it adequate time, rest, resources, and love.
- Not everything works for everyone: Just because a treatment worked great for the previous 100 people, doesn’t mean that it will work for you in all situations. Your responsibility is to follow the treatment plan for an allotted period of time then let the practitioner reassess your progress. It’s only then that they can determine if you should stay on the same course of action or switch gears.
- You may need guidance: Michael Jordan and Lebron James were born with great abilities, but it wasn’t until they got a coach that their skills made them world-class. You don’t have to go at it alone. Do what you can, then reach out for help. Get support someone that can help you reach world-class health.
Know that holistic therapies do work, but it doesn’t work unless you do. I’ve seen the simplest treatments work some of the greatest miracles. My colleagues have seen it. My mentors have seen it. It definitely works, but it is an art. YOU are a work of art. And like any work of art, you are unique, even in your healing. So remember that next time you visit your naturopath and expect a RIGHT NOW miracle. Miracles do happen, but they are not always instant.
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