Alternative Approaches

In many cases, psychiatry attempts to find a cure to whatever is being manifest by a person – usually behaviourally – who is in some emotional or psychological distress. Often the so-called cure involves numbing the pain to the point of inducing docility. Here are some thoughts from Dr. Paul Epstein, a naturopathic physician on the subject:

“In curing, we are trying to get somewhere, we are looking for answers. In curing, our efforts are specifically designed to make something happen. In healing, we live questions instead of answers. We hang out in the unknown. … The challenge in medicine is not the choice between one and the other. We need both. The lesson I learned is never to be afraid to take people into the heart of their pain, because at the heart of their pain is the healing, and at the heart of the healing is the pain and the joy.”

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  1. mary & jim maddock on

    I wish all the people who practise medicine felt the same way. Thanks for sharing it with us. Modern medicine seems to want to run away from pain and suffering or supress it but it is only in going through it we find joy and happiness.


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