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It is my belief that the human body, mind and spirit are
aspects of a single self-healing organism with a natural
impulse towards integration. The mind will naturally move
towards mental health, the body towards physical health,
and the spirit towards understanding and fulfilment. Without
interference, the body, mind and spirit will maintain
an individual at optimal levels of health throughout all
stages of life. However, if this natural flow of life
force, or chi energy, is disrupted or interfered with,
dysfunction may follow at the physical, biochemical, mental/emotional
and electromagnetic levels. All of these areas
are of concern and are addressed when dealing with health problems.
Dr. Hal Brown
Naturopath, Vancouver BC
The "Integrative Healing Arts" clinic
The clinic Integrative
encompasses the shared philosophies
of the founding members and associates. "Integrative"
is translated in Webster's dictionary as: "direction
toward integration". In a sense, the movement towards
integration is never complete; it is an ongoing process,
for as we heal and grow we are challenged to expand
our capacity for learning, understanding, and acceptance.
We bring together many healing skills and sciences,
but the effective application of these is very much
an art. Hence the name "Integrative Healing Arts".
As a logo we have chosen to use
a modification of the Traditional Tibetan symbol of the endless knot,
which represents the interwoven and interconnected nature
of all phenomena. This symbolizes our attempts to understand
and influence the human condition in all its related
The Multi-modality approach to Healing - "The Wheel of Health"
I often compare the multiple approach to a bicycle wheel. When a wheel has too many broken spokes, it twists and becomes too wobbly to use; much like a body in pain and/or ill-health. New spokes need to be added and old ones balanced. I see that each individual therapy which may include acupuncture, nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, manipulation, prolotherapy, neural therapy, detoxification, terrain balancing, exercise, emotional balancing etc. as representing another spoke in the "wheel of health". The more spokes that are working in a balanced manner, the better the wheel will turn and the better the bicycle will function. In a similar way, as more areas of dys-function in a body, whether structural, chemical or energetic, are balanced then the greater the response to the treatment program.
LEFT: Example of Poor Health, represented by broken and unbalanced spokes. The wheel cannot roll, the bike cannot function.
RIGHT: Example of good health, each spoke could represent a different
therapeutic modality that when combined together contributes
to a greater functioning of the whole. The wheel can now roll
in a smooth and effective manner.