What do you think makes someone a healthy person? Do you think of someone who isn’t plagued by a disease? Or do you think of someone who has their physical, emotional, and mental states aligned, and who practices a balanced lifestyle? While both of these could be examples of a healthy individual, they are viewed very differently. The first is the example we think of when we think of curing, while the latter is an example of healing.
So what is the difference between curing and healing? While often used interchangeably, the two are actually very different. In our eBook, Total Wellness, we discuss this concept in more detail but we have outlined the basics below:
What is Curing?
Western medicine is very good at relieving symptoms and saving lives in an emergency room setting. We have a myriad of pills, injections, and other methods to stop the pain and get us back on our feet. But often times, these cures only address instantaneous issues; and in this case, health is viewed as the absence of disease. There is a time and place for Western medicine, but to address the whole of our health, we must also consider alternative healing options.
What is Healing?
Compared to curing, healing addresses the body from the inside out over time. Healing seeks to restore balance through lifestyle choices and natural means and can include a healthy diet, exercise, meditation, and other techniques. In terms of healing, a healthy individual addresses not only their physical condition but also their emotional and mental health.
Our bodies are complex, self-sustaining machines and when treated properly, they can self-heal and grow. Just consider the fact that the average adult’s heart beats more than 100,000 times a day while pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood through miles of arteries and veins. And we don’t even have to think about it! Health doesn’t come from a doctor’s office or magic pill, but instead from a whole, balanced lifestyle.
Which do You Choose?
There are many differences between healing and curing, but that’s not to say that you should turn to natural health or Western medicine exclusively. The two go hand-in-hand and it is because of the advances in technology that we have the luxury of choice. For example, in the case of an infection, antibiotics might be the go-to choice. But, most conditions aren’t so easily “cured” and it takes working from the inside out to build a wholly healthy lifestyle and see results.
Those that combine natural health techniques may find that they have a greater sense of peace and wellness. As Lissa Rankin, MD states in Psychology Today, “healing and curing are inherently different. Curing means ‘eliminating all evidence of disease,’ while healing means ‘becoming whole.’”
Good health is vibrant and starts from the inside out, and we all know a healthy person when we meet them. They radiate unmistakeable physical, emotional, and mental energy that draws us to them. Read more about healing vs curing in our new Total Wellness eBook!