There is a bridge across a wide river I like to use: it connects science and intuition in medicine. Often it seems there are endless options and approaches. It takes a combination of knowledge, experience and education to narrow down which options are applicable, which have proven results with the least amount of side effects, and which approach will work with this person’s individual constitution, cultural identity, and lifestyle.
Once we get to that smaller pool of options that are safe and effective, sometimes there are still many approaches, all valid. When the way forward is not clear, this is where intuition can guide us. This is the quiet place where we ask the herbs, the body, and any other guides who will share their infinite wisdom for support. Our cells have co-evolved and interacted with this planet for millions of years, and our bodies want to be healthy. Our bodies know how to be healthy when we give them the support they need. Sometimes it is this inner voice, our intuition is the one who decides which way to go, which plant to use.
I don’t always get to the crossing with every person. Sometimes there is no need; the answer is obvious, but I am grateful for the bridge. I am grateful to move between both the shores of experience, training and research and the knowledge not held in the head, but in the heart. This link was built with the help of community, of healers, mothers, grandmothers, mentors, teachers, activists, elders, creators, gardeners, plant whisperers, historians, scientists, alchemists, doctors, those before us whose histories were destroyed, the stories remembered but told in whispers, and by those in front of us for whom we are writing their history. Their labor gave us the bridge, and I am humbled to use it.