What is Vitalism?
Updated: Feb 9, 2020
The roots and the branches of a tree are connected. What goes on under the surface, effects what you see above ground. If the roots of a tree become infected with a fungus, you will see yellow spots appear on the leaves. These spots are an expression of illness in the tree. This applies to the human body as well. Perhaps a food being ingested is causing inflammation in the gut and the rest of the body, which expresses as heartburn, eczema, or anxiety. “Modern medicine” has had a model of treating symptoms, suppressing them, rather than understanding what may be causing them in the first place. By ignoring the root cause of symptoms, you are ignoring the message your body is trying to communicate, and will only further perpetuate the symptoms eventually turning into chronic disease.
Vitalism is the practice of looking at the whole picture of the human experience - Mind, body, and spirit. Nature is incredibly intelligent. It’s about bringing the body back into balance by gently removing obstacles and allowing the body’s innate wisdom to naturally heal itself. With vitalism, this process is supported in various ways such as; diet, lifestyle, rest, and herbs. One size does not fit all. We all have a unique make-up. An herb or practice that works for one person may not work for another. Similarly to Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, this type of healing takes the individual constitution of each person into consideration when devising a plan.