The art of medicine is about understanding each individual's needs, and this aspect has become largely intuitive for me.The seasoned and caring clinician should:
Stay up to date (but should not become too enamored of the ever-shifting terrain of evidence-based data)
Maintain humility (know what is possible, what isn't, and find someone else to help when things arent going well!)
Get on the side of the therapeutic force...and remain open to all possibilities, including heretofore untraveled roads
Understand how each human body, in its miraculous incarnation of the life force, in both health and disease, is connected to the rest of the natural world
When it comes to the health cosmologies of East and West, not necessarily "either/or", but possibly BOTH!
I thank my many teachers, of various persuasions and orientations, some of them true healers of the body, others of the mind, and others of the spirit, for leading me to a place in my career from which I can pass on a little bit of their wisdom and compassion.
What does she know that we don't?