22.12.2014 Naturopathy

Be Healthier

Naturopath Lyn Craven looks at common blocks to healing and how to overcome them

Have Patience

In seeking to heal yourself, it's very important to be patient - with yourself, the remedies and treatments you're receiving and the practitioner you have chosen to help you.

Correct Dosage

Follow through with the correct dosage. Don't change things and, instead, if something doesn't appear to be working well for you or if symptoms arise contact your practitioner. Dosages are tailor-made for you and sometimes they need to be adjusted over time. On rare occasions, things may appear worse before they get better. This is more apparent with homoeopathy, yet herbal medicine can also trigger this "healing crisis" especially when administered in drop dosage. It really depends on the individual and the program they have been given. Rarely does this setback last longer than 3-5 days and then it resolves.

Chronic cases can take quite a while to resolve. As I mentioned in my earlier article, it's like "peeling away the layers of the onion". If you are not prepared to do a deep healing on yourself and fully resolve what is troubling you then you have given up before you start.

Regular Appointments

Keep up regular appointments. This is very important at the beginning where you may need to attend weekly for a while and, as you improve, fortnightly. The usual progression is to monthly appointments and you are then encouraged to look at maintenance with a visit once every 6-8 weeks. Each case is different. You cannot compare the duration of treatment for an injury with that of an organic problem affecting organ or system function, such as a gastro intestinal, respiratory or endocrine condition.

Lab Tests

Be prepared (if relevant) to have functional lab tests other than just conventional blood tests, which are limited in presenting an in-depth view of your mineral, vitamin, hormonal and immune status. Other tests such as stool analysis, parasites, chemical and food allergy tests, and thermography are given for specific situations.

Remove Amalgams

If you have amalgams consider having them removed. Mercury poisoning can affect your entire system. Some people have experienced ill health on many levels due to amalgams containing mercury.

There are two schools of thought regarding this topic, however I have spoken to people who observed a reduction in ocular pressure (known as ocular hypertension) and a reduction in blood pressure after having amalgams removed. I myself experienced increased energy and greater clarity of mind after having two amalgams removed.

Many dentists still believe amalgam fillings that contain mercury are perfectly safe. You can do your own research on this topic. But it's worth considering why are nutritionists concerned about mercury in fish and why are pregnant women told to cut back on fish consumption for this very reason? Mercury is toxic and we don't need it in our body. It affects the brain and central nervous system.

Get Active!

If you have been a couch potato and avoided exercise then be prepared to get active! Every one of us needs to move. We need to get that body pumping each day, not just for circulation but for lymphatics as well. Your entire metabolism works far more efficiently if you move that body with intention daily.


Learn to meditate. It's one of the greatest healing tools you can bring on board to complement any treatment regime. And you can choose from many different styles - guided by a speaker, listening to music or soothing sounds, open eyed, Tibetan white light and so on. I teach creative visualisation which does not encroach on anyone's spiritual and cultural beliefs and is easy to master and deeply relaxing. Specific journeys cater for each person's unique needs. Meditation calms the mind and helps alleviate anxiety and stress, something that is so important when you are on a healing program and that includes weight loss! You can learn to work with the power of your mind to create weight loss in line with your healthy diet and regular exercise when the exercises are tailored made for you.

Sleep Well

Ensure you get 7-8 hours of unbroken sleep each night. Any sleep problems need to be addressed and resolved. Herbal and homoeopathic remedies are brilliant for establishing regular sleep patterns. It could also be that you are deficient in certain minerals and this also needs to be addressed. No amount of guesswork will help when it comes to administering mineral and vitamin remedies. Instead, relevant tests need to be taken to check out imbalances.

Healthy Digestion

In order to heal everyone needs an efficient digestive system. Any issues here near to be addressed immediately so that healing can begin. When your digestion is impaired in any way, such as with malabsorption, leaky gut syndrome or allergies, you will not improve other aspects of your health. We must get the gut working right first. A healthy immune system is reliant on a healthy digestive system. Your diet would need tweaking or maybe changing quite a bit to help heal the gut lining. I have discussed this topic at length in previous issues which you can read at www.novamagazine.com.au/articles

Maintaining your Inner Power

It is so important that we all maintain our inner power as this equates to our self esteem and self love. Native Americans would look at a sick person and they would tell them to "call their Spirit back", recognising that when we lose our power we have lost your Spirit. We become weak and vulnerable; we are run down and vulnerable just to physical imbalance but energy and spiritual imbalance. Our immunity is greatly affected.

The centre of the Inner Power is located at the solar plexus gateway and is a very important area to strengthen since it is also considered our "stress centre". On a physical level, this area is where the entire digestive system operates. The solar plexus gateway resides over the area that resonates with the energy and colour of yellow. The yellow band that travels around your mid section (in line with chakra colour healing) also includes the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, duodenum, spleen, kidneys, adrenals and, of course, the stomach. So, all these organs would be affected when you lose your inner power.

Energy healing in many forms, including Reiki, in conjunction with guided healing journeys can help re-establish your inner power. This is a two-way connection. You would participate during the healing session to re-establish this equilibrium.

Healing comes from deep within. It is not just the physical but also the mental/emotional/energetic and spiritual bodies that must be aligned with the Soul. To fully heal, we heal at the Soul level. However, the physical body needs the correct nutrients and support from appropriate remedies and diet since we cannot separate these layers of who we are as a whole.

Chronic cases will take longer. All I can suggest is that you don't put it off any longer. If you have a health disorder that troubles you start now and take steps to heal and resolve it and seek help from a qualified natural medicine practitioner now. Be prepared to make a sacrifice - maybe more than one! Your perspective on life may change and that is a good thing in many cases. Yes it may be scary to begin with but change is good and if you wish to heal you can't avoid it.

Sydney-based Lyn Craven is a practitioner of naturopathy, nutrition, medical herbalism, Bowen therapy, Reiki energy healing and meditation, and is a corporate health presenter/consultant with 19 years' experience in natural therapies. www.lyncravencorporatehealth-naturopath.com

Disclaimer: Information presented in this column is not intended as medical advice but to advance the understanding of holistic nutrition and lifestyle and its place in a balanced approach to health. Readers are encouraged to be guided by their own healthcare professionals.

Lyn Craven

Lyn Craven is a practitioner of Naturopathy, Bowen Therapy, Energy/Reiki therapist, meditation teacher and Corporate Health Consultant. She is also a health researcher/writer and has produced a meditation CD assisting people to manage anxiety and stress. She runs a private practice in Sydney and can be contacted on +61403 231 804