Integrative Healing for the Emotions
This is a conversation with Lewis Harrison the director of the Spa of the Mind
STUDENT: What is the most efficient way to address emotional issues without using medication?
LEWIS: It is useful whenever possible to combine anecdotal wisdom with scientific studies, clinical experience, coaching, therapy, and/or traditional usage of food, herbs, nutritional supplements, and various body/mind approaches to the healing of emotional challenges.
STUDENT: How specific can a natural approach be?
LEWIS: It varies. Expected results may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For some physical/emotional conditions, treatment with prescription or over-the-counter medication may be advised. A practitioner needs to have a relationship with a conscious physician or primary care provider. It is wise to consult with a mental health professional, wellness consultant, and/or pharmacist concerning any serious health problem especially before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications.
Herbs, amino acids and other nutrients are generally safe in small amounts however increasing a client’s intake of any supplements to a high dosage levels in the belief that more is better is not recommended. All nutritional and herbal products should be used with caution during pregnancy and lactation.
STUDENT: What about nutrient drug interactions?
LEWIS: Certain medications may interact with herbs. It is recommended you discuss the use of herbs and your current medication(s) with a holistic physician, an herbalist or a pharmacist familiar with herb-drug interactions.
STUDENT: What do I need to watch out for with y clients in relation to supplementation?
LEWIS:. Many people, with the best of intentions will abuse or misuse natural healing techniques, nutrition, herbs and other alternative approaches to health. This is especially so concerning depression and other emotional challenges. This being so keep in mind that the information you share should not in any way be used as a substitute for the advice of a physician or other competent mental health professional.