Wisdom of the body.
ABSTRACT Modern medicine still fails to explain processes that operate in self-healing diseases. We may thus distinguish between two kinds of processes that operate in the body: explained and unexplained. The latter operate in self-healing diseases, and are either ignored by medicine or called placebos. Hippocrates regarded such processes as the healing force of nature and the task of the physician was to assist the healing force. The unexplained processes in physiology were defined by Starling and Cannon as Wisdom of the Body (WOB). This concept is applied here for a rational treatment of processes involved in health and in disease. WOB is an attribute of live organisms. It directs growing plants toward sunshine, guides amebas away from noxious agents, and determines the behavior of higher animals. It is essential for individual survival and was molded by natural selection. During evolution, WOB encountered all diseases, knows how to heal itself, and anticipates all diseases. The main task of the WOB is to maintain health, and improve its quality. It controls processes in the body so as to make them healthier. The WOB has its own language and should be considered when examining patients.
Article: Self-healing: a concept analysis.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a rapidly growing specialty within the healthcare field. One concept that appears central to the notion of CAM therapies is the concept of self-healing. Although "self-healing" is addressed within several bodies of literature, the concept is ill-defined within the context of CAM therapies, specifically energy-based healing modalities such as reiki therapy. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the concept of self-healing through a concept analysis using Walker and Avant's technique (1995). The resultant operational definition of self-healing was the result of 6 weeks of study and is not considered to be a final product, but merely a beginning step to understanding this unique phenomenon.Nursing Forum 01/2006; 41(2):60-77.