Inner Physician

The body has an innate healing ability: It can regulate itself, repair body parts, optimize its function and maintain balance. Complimentary healing methods and therapies such as Therapeutic Reflexology, Acupuncture or Naturopathic Medicine acknowledge the body’s capability for establishing equilibrium.


Respect for the body’s healing powers was not born with the development of new healing methods of today goes back thousands of years in Japan, China, Egypt and Peru. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates (430 – 377 BC) was the founder in the West of Natural Medicine. The first principle of Hippocrates was that medicine must respect and support nature’s healing power within every living organism. He taught that nature itself is the first and only true healer. Nature heals and the physician is the mere helper of nature. The doctor’s job is to support the natural healing capacity when it becomes weak. In Hippocrates’ opinion, the doctor must learn to wait, let the disease run its course, and only intervene when necessary. Hippocrates writings also insist that the patient must take responsibility for his own health. He recognized that illness is often caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. He recommended healthy baths, sweating, healthy diet, good sleep and gymnastics in the morning sun to support health and happiness.


Paracelsus (1493 – 1541), a physician of the Middle Ages, also respected the healing powers of Nature and challenged the prevailing beliefs of contemporary doctors. Paracelsus attacked the dogmatic belief that the human body was controlled exclusively by the stars and the planets. Both Hippocrates and Paracelsus stressed that the physician must discover the root or cause of the disease by observation and individual diagnosis. They must take into account not only the symptoms, but the person as a whole including the constitution, age, profession, and momentarily situation.


In my Reflexology training, my teacher spoke of the “inner doctor” referring back to Hippocrates and Paracelsus. Therapeutic Reflexology helps the body’s innate mechanism to respond well to illness and stress. While Reflexology may be used at first to reduce pain and relieve specific symptoms, its primary purpose is to strengthen and support all body functions. Therapeutic Reflexology communicates with the inner physician, addressing the causes of complaints and diseases rather than just the symptoms. This improves overall health and optimizes the body’s healing powers.