The Healing Power of Nature - Vis Medicatrix Naturae

Updated: Oct 8, 2021


This is the natural medicine principle I've been reflecting on of late * drum roll *


"The healing power of nature - vis medicatrix naturae" in herbie lore. A governing principle of natural medicine.


I synchronise this with...


"Work with nature not against it" in Permie Lore. A guiding principle in natural permaculture gardening.


What this means is to both look and trust in nature, as one's guide & mentor. Look to nature as medicine.


“The physician must be educated by nature”. The forest is one of my greatest teachers. For within its mystery, I begin to understand how to heal, I begin to understand how nature functions, and therefore how I function. I find myself, out there, in here, every where. A world of mirrors. Herbal medicine is a path inside, to the quiet recesses of the soul and soil.


When we tune into nature's rhythms we quickly see the there are no mistakes. There is an inherent wisdom in the life force which has a clear ability to self heal; this is how herbal medicine works. When we download direct knowledge from nature we no longer see problem and solution, we see one perfect flow, cause & effect, choice & consequence, plant & person all intermingled into one relationship. The separation ceases to be defined by the mind. Nature is, and nature is perfect, and nature is medicine.


As above so below; intangibly. As within, so without; reflections.


We are not separate from nature, we are nature. Our bodies are in perfect harmony with the environment, as they are the environment. This is where the idea of homeostasis can be misunderstood. We are constantly in it. There is no set benchmark for function, there is constant balance with what is. That means we balance WITH negative thoughts. We balance WITH abuse. We balance with petrochemicals, heavy metals, microplastics, fumes, mould, stress, neglect - all of it. And those things which are not conducive of growth and joy, of vitality and abundance, mean we become unhealthy. Zoom out and we begin to see that these various ailments & symptoms aren’t our problems, they are the communicators responding intelligently to the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual environments they reside in. Listen up!



In natural medicine this involves changing the input and allowing the body to self regulate a new homeostasis without drastic alteration of function. This is very similar to the permaculture principle of working with nature, not against it. Ultimately if we mimic natural patterns of flow & growth, stimulating these in the body or the garden, we can begin to harmonise our health, and our micro & macro flora all around us. We can look to the terrain of the natural world, and mimic its flow and form as natural medicine.


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