To be diagnosed with myasthenia gravis is a devastating experience, especially when your doctor told you there is no known cure to date, except managing the symptoms of your autoimmune disease. Don't feel desperate and despondent because you have no idea how you got the autoimmune disease; despair will only lead to worsening of your autoimmune disease symptoms. Self-efficacy, which is self-belief, is critically important in healing any disease. Since time immemorial, it has been human nature to get healed from disease and disharmony in the body and the mind. For thousands of years, physicians and sages have acquired and assimilated wisdom in healing.
What is wisdom in healing?
Wisdom is the ability to interpret information in order to influence one' s choices in actions that will ultimately transform the body and the mind. Wisdom in healing is therefore the use of right choices for right actions to facilitate the natural self-healing process innate in humans.
The wisdom of some of the ancient health and healing systems manifests the importance of holistic wellness and the power of natural healing:
(1) Hippocrates (born around 450 B.C.) was the Father of Medicine. His Greek medical system was based on moderation for a balanced lifestyle in harmony with nature for natural healing. Hippocrates once said: "A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession, and learn how to treat his illnesses by his own judgment." In other words, if an individual takes good care of his or her health, that individual is in fact saying: "Doctor, you're fired!"
(2) The Tibetan health system came under the influence of Buddha, and Tibetan monks who practiced compassion and mindfulness. Tibetan medicine emphasizes virtuous conduct, a healthy diet, regular daily activity and seasonal routines to promote all-round health and natural healing. In addition, its medical system heavily relies on herbal cures for natural healing. For more information on Tibetan natural healing, go to: The Five Tibetan Rites, a set of physical activities to promote physical and mental wellness.
(3) The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also embraces an extensive herbal medicine. For thousands of years, Chinese doctors have believed that "qi" (internal life energy) flows throughout the body by way of channels or meridians. This internal life force is capable of continuous circulation to provide oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body when there is balance between opposite forces of "yin" and "yang." Essentially, these internal “qi” energies are energies of the universe. Imbalance results in stagnation or blockage of "qi", which is the cause of disease. (For more information, visit my website: Chinese Natural Healing.)
(4) The Ayurveda system in
is the "science of life" that has been practiced for thousands of
years. This medical system advocates all inclusiveness for natural healing.
Essentially, any doctrinal or ideological imperative must defer to the
well-being of the patient. In other words, Ayurveda not only eliminates the
process of disease but also restores the health of the patient to its original
physical, mental, and emotional wholeness. India
The major difference between the wisdom of these long-standing health systems and that of modern Western medicine is that the former focuses on the prevention and natural healing, while the latter emphasizes the cure and the removal of disease symptoms. There is a saying that if the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail to you. For Western doctors, their hammers are the prescription drugs. They emphasize eliminating the symptoms of disease, instead of eradicating the causes.
Western medicine provides invaluable medical knowledge through experimental research, while the ancient medical systems provide wisdom. Knowledge does not necessarily make one wise; true wisdom is the intuition, interpretation, and application of right knowledge.
To find out more about wisdom in living, read my book: The Book of Life and Living.
The first step towards coping with myasthenia gravis is to empower yourself with knowledge about the autoimmune disease, and then take appropriate actions to eradicate its symptoms. Healing is possible if you believe it.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau