Last week I was interviewed for an upcoming PBS Series on Naturopathic Medicine. The topic was chronic pain. Throughout the interview I found myself repeating the notion that “the body has the ability to heal itself,” provided you give it what it needs and you remove the barriers to cure. What the body needs can range from a particular combination of nutrients, herbs, and natural hormones, to more positive emotions. Some of the most prevalent “barriers to cure” that I see in my practice are stress, food allergies, and toxin overload.
Most people suffering with chronic pain are handed a prescription for pain killers and muscle relaxants and/or advised to get psychological help. The Naturopathic approach to chronic pain involves identifying the cause of the pain; be it emotional, physical, stress-related, toxin-related or hormone-related. Then treatment is individualized to suit the patients’ unique situation. No two treatment protocols are the same. My experience has been that by addressing the cause of the chronic pain at the emotional, mental and physical levels brings about the most successful long term results and allows for freedom of movement and a pain-free life.
The most important message here is that if you are experiencing chronic pain, you do not need to suffer. There is a way to find relief. One of the best ways to find that relief is by addressing the underlying cause(s) of the pain rather then chronically masking the symptoms with medication…and allowing your own body, in its innate wisdom, to heal itself.