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Lines in Herbal Medicine: part of creating an Integral picture of an individual...
20 April 2012
12:29 pm
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I’ve been a little stuck at how lines applies to herbal medicine. Here are some ideas:


Integral Psychology: what are the role of lines in Integral Psychology and in forming a complete picture/understanding of an individual? This will help reveal an individuals strengths and weaknesses and will guide the herbalist in discovering how to communicate with that individual: an individual with a high level of cognitive development needs a different type of discourse/perspective than a person with high spiritual development. 


Different constitutional types will tend to favor different developmental lines. Also an individuals interests will impact their health. Think of Kapha vs Vata health conditions.


Integral health is partially about being a balanced individual, that means developing neglected lines.


Theories of intelligence: another thing to consider…social, emotional, musical, intellectual…These have their relevance to an herbal practice largely, I think in how we guide/communicate with our client and also in where their imbalances may be found. This concept can also be helpful in reframing the clients self-story and be therapeutic from that angle (see the forum on stories/obesity).


Can herbs support different lines? YES!

1) Social and Interpersonal: nervines can help with social anxiety (kava). 

2) Artistic/Musical/Dramatic: Herbs can help with stage fright (Skullcap).

3) Physical: herbs can help with general health. They can also help treat conditions which stand in the way of developing/working ones physical aspects: ex) working with blood sugar, obesity, or cardiovascular health or arthritis might open up the possibility of exercise for a client. In athletes herbs can be used to boost performance and increase endurance (Adaptogens, hawthorn, turmeric).

4) Sexual: herbs can support sexual function by decreasing stress (adaptogens), improving circulatory health, improving general energy levels, and also enhancing ones sexual energy/mood (damiana).

5) Spiritual:(see the forum on states) herbs can assist in meditation and in promoting states of consciousness.

6) Psychological/Emotional: lots of herbs can be transformative here in subtle ways and also have well-studied effects on neurochemistry for anxiety, depression, fear, panic, dementia, etc  (Bacopa, Lavender, St. Johns Wort, etc…).

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