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Integrative medicine tapspower of positive thinking

For centuries, Eastern healers have used intuitive healing, acupuncture and meditation to reunite the mind and body. These methods are known as integrative medicine because they use the mind and body together instead of focusing on the body, which is common in Western medicines. Integrative medicine is an abstract medical concept, so think of it like this:Every morning, you wake up with $100 and your daily goal is to keep the $100. Every time you get angry or think about the past or future instead of the present, you lose $30.By dinnertime, most people have lost the $100 and are spiraling into debt because they don’t know how to redirect negative energy, said Stephanie Stanfield.Stanfield and Rita Marsh are the founders of Creative Healing, an integrative medicine company that teaches people how to heal physical and mental illness by redirecting energy flows.Integrative medicine trains the mind and body to work together to cure the person instead of the symptoms, Stanfield said.Students are taught how to redirect energy fields and vibrations to boost immune systems and build a balanced relationship between body and mind, Stanfield said.”Before I started integrative medicine I had terrible, knock-you-on-your-back migraines,” Stanfield said. “I took shots, went to the emergency room – you name it, I tried it.” After trying common treatments such as pills and shots, Stanfield asked Marsh for help.Marsh taught Stanfield how to get in touch with her body. Using deep breathing exercises, Stanfield became more aware of herself and the underlying circumstances that triggered her headaches.”Through self-discovery you start to see consistencies in yourself that relate to the sickness,” said Stanfield. “I was spending more energy than I took in and it wore me out.”Worrying about situations out of her control drained Stanfield’s energy, so she trained herself to focus on the here and now instead of worrying about life’s “what ifs.””I was always getting ahead of myself,” Stanfield said. “It was like my head was taking me out of where I was at that moment.”To remain in the present, Stanfield listens to her body and heart.Is she happy? Is she sad? Is she feeling any emotion that might take away from the beauty of her current state of mind?If so, she takes 5-10 deep breaths and pushes negative energy out of her body.”Anyone who’s alive can heal themselves,” Marsh said. “You just need to learn how to breathe.”Deep breathing is most effective when controlling strong emotions such as anger and excitement, but it’s not easy.Take a person who experiences road rage. In the moment, it’s very difficult for that person to take a step back from the situation. However, if they can take a minute to relax and breath deeply, they will calm down and stop wasting energy. Recognizing a strong emotion as harmful can be difficult, Marsh said.”A lot of people get sick on their honeymoons and they don’t understand why,” Marsh said. “They get so excited for the event they don’t live in the present moment, and then when it wears off, they’re overspent and their bodies react. The physical impact of expending too much energy is a depleted immune system.”In the past 30 years, Western scientists – physicists, molecular biologists, neurosurgeons – have started using integrative medicines as a supplement to traditional medicine.Glenda Cheney, 49, of Carbondale didn’t see an improvement in her battle with depression until she coupled integrative medicine with modern anti-depression medications prescribed by doctors.”Integrative medicine helped with my everyday problems,” Cheney said. “It gave me more knowledge and tools that taught me how to deal with things without being overwhelmed.” Instead of getting overwhelmed when she feels symptoms, Cheney acknowledges the feelings and accepts them.”This helps me to not get down on myself,” Cheney said. At first Cheney was skeptical.”I thought to myself, ‘This is too simple, it can’t really work,'” Cheney said.Skepticism about integrative medicine is common because it seems like such a simple answer to complex problems, Marsh said.Integrative medicine is also more abstract than Western medicines, which makes it harder to conceptualize, Marsh said.For example, a person with a broken leg sees their cast and watches their leg heal. A person healing their mind doesn’t physically observe the change, Marsh said.”If everyone in this society could grasp this concept, we would accomplish things beyond our wildest dreams,” Marsh said.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.comFine out more For more information on integrative medicine, contact Rita Marsh at 963-1874 or Stephanie Stanfield at 945-1057.For more information on integrative medicine, contact Rita Marsh at 963-1874 or Stephanie Stanfield at 945-1057.


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