Professional help

‘Why should I pay for professional help when I can buy a remedy for myself?’  Fair enough; people have always tried self-help first and foremost, and they always will.  But quite often I see a new patient who is taking six or seven different supplements, usually erratically, and usually not for long enough, or at a dosage level too low to make much difference.  It can cost a lot of money without being as useful as it should be.

That’s one reason for seeing a health consultant, who will look at the bigger picture, have a deeper understanding of what your symptoms might mean, and know which supplements work well together, and which may overlap or even fight with each other. They will also know about remedies that may not be fashionable at the moment, but which could be just as good – and maybe suit you better – than the products you find on the pharmacy shelves. It could save you money and get you a lot further.

But that’s not the only reason to go to someone else, and it’s not even the main one. It’s natural to want to sort it out for yourself at first, but when we are dealing with our own problems, it’s hard to see the bigger picture. ‘Two heads are better than one,’ as the saying goes. A good friend can play this part, but often we are reluctant to share our problems, to admit that we are not coping. Sometimes, too, friends will prop each other up in habits that are not helping – not exercising, eating too much, you know how the list goes. A practitioner will shine a light on these grey areas, and be your ally in cleaning them up.

Last but not least, there is healing in telling your story, and in being witnessed. Pain is eased when it is expressed, and most of us do far too much coping and bottling up. That leads to all sorts of symptoms, physical and emotional. Letting things out could be part of the problem. You may not even need to take remedies at all.


  1. Su is so right. This is not just about swallowing a pill, however worthy. It's about healing, about feeling well again. And the gentle reassurance of a wise healer is a huge help in that.

    Martin Wright Wed, 16 Mar 2011

  2. I say again, wise advice, Su, especially the problems that result from bottling things up.

    — Cathie Sun, 6 Mar 2011

  3. Wise advice, Su. I think your point about your friends and loved ones in some ways colluding in your dis-ease is a significant one. It's not easy to spot.

    — Cathie Sat, 5 Mar 2011

  4. This is a nicely written blog. Thanks for the info.

    — Andy Fri, 4 Mar 2011

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