Mahalia Freed, ND
Have you ever asked an ND a seemingly simple question, like “what do you do for ___ (migraines/bloating/depression/fill in the blank)”?
Perhaps you were frustrated by the answer, as it wasn’t specific. The answer to that question is, “it depends”, or, “healing”.
What that healing looks like for YOU is as unique as your story, your history, your physiology, your life circumstances.
Let’s use the example of depression, a common concern in my practice.
What is good for depression?
Well, healing. Healing is what you need.
Why are you depressed?
Physiology: Depression can be related to low thyroid function, to food allergies (especially gluten), to depletion of neurotransmitters secondary to substance (ab)use, and to nutrient deficiencies (MTHF, B6, Vit D, EPA…), to name a few.
Life: Depression may stem from grief (a normal psychological state), from not living true to your life purpose, from feeling stuck in work or your relationship(s), or from a true feeling of powerlessness over hard circumstances (eg, living far below the so-called poverty line, unable to work due to chronic pain, and not being able to afford food, let alone herbal medicine or supplements)
Clearly, there are many “things” that are good for depression, then.
It is like asking, “what is delicious”? Babies’ feet are delicious. Freshly picked berries are delicious. Lying by a lake in the warm sun is delicious. Ice cream is delicious. Your mom’s famous ___ is delicious. Clearly, it depends. It depends on your tastes, your life context, your stories about the world.
Now, let’s flip the question.
What is ______ (any herbal medicine eg St John’s Wort, Gingko, Calendula) good for?
The answer, again – of course – is healing.
This is only the introduction to a larger conversation about healing. It is clear that in order to heal, individually and collectively, we need to ask different questions than what we have been taught to ask by our allopathically-oriented education systems. We need to jump into another way of seeing the world – another paradigm. The questions that arise from there can take us forward. I do hope you will join me.