"Holism and vitalism are related concepts—frameworks for observing, interpreting, and acting—used by herbalists and other practitioners in the quest to support health. They both encourage us to understand the broader patterns and interrelations between all of life, to see the flows and interdependencies that make life and health possible, and to see how health is compromised when the links are broken. Unfortunately, clinical herbalism’s focus on individual clients can lead us inadvertently to overlook the real root causes of disease, and to mystify the sources of vitality. We propose a Radical Vitalism that transcends the individual to encompass health challenges at every scale in society and empowers our vitalist techniques to work beyond the usual clinical context toward deep and lasting health for all."
That was the intro to our new essay titled "Radical Vitalism" appearing now in the Fall 2015 edition of Plant Healer magazine. This next paragraph is found deeper in:
"Do not let the magnitude of our global health crisis keep you from acting. If anything, the level of catastrophe we face should strengthen our resolve. There is only one fight, and we either participate or watch from the sidelines. For herbalists, who draw our powers of healing from the Earth, it is imperative that we work to heal the whole organism."
Stay with us for more on Radical Vitalism, and eventually, the full text of the essay.