Say, you have a bunch of Palestinian terrorists trying to run people over at bus stops. The 'Western Medical Model' approach would be to focus in on identifying the particular problem, and then come up with a specific solution, in this case, putting massive concrete blocks next to bus stops.
Meanwhile, the 'Holistic Healing Model' would be to look at the big picture, and ask questions like: “Why are these palestinians trying to kill innocent bystanders? What needs to be done, to deal with this problem at its root?”
That's where we'll leave the analogy alone, because this is not a place for extended political discussion.
But hopefully, it helped us to grasp the following points: The Western Medical Model of identifying specific problems and dealing with them has some merit: the concrete blocks stopped the Palestinian terrorists from using that particular route to kill innocent bystanders. But it hasn't got rid of the actual problem, namely that they still want to kill us, and will now just find some other way to do it, like stabbings or rocket attacks.
By contrast, the holistic healing model has one big initial drawback, namely that it often takes some time for the measures, the changes, to translate into improvements. There's no concrete blocks put at bus stops, but instead, the government institutes a radical shift in how it relates to Palestinians, or undertakes a military operation to clean out the terrorists – all of which takes a bit of time, but which can permanently change the picture for the better, by going to the root of the problem.
Now, let's explore the holistic healing approach in a more detailed way; let's say someone is experiencing bad stomach aches. Often, the stomach is where a lot of our repressed emotions show up, physically. If a person doesn't know that their repressed feelings are causing the problem, they'll take antacid tablets, go to their GP, try different medicines and herbal preparations, maybe even try to switch some of their eating habits, and some of this stuff may even work, temporarily.
The stomachache, or at least it's painful symptoms, may disappear. But the underlying problem, namely the feelings of worry, anxiety and 'stress', will still be there. Either they'll morph into a different stomach problem, like an ulcer, or acid reflux, or they'll show up elsewhere in the body as a different, but more serious or entrenched problem.
In the holistic Jewish Energy Medicine approach, the first stage of diagnosing and dealing with the problem would be to recognise that it's coming from G-d. Only then, can we move on to exploring why He's sending it.
If the patient is Jewish, one avenue to explore would be kosher food and blessings: are they eating kosher? Are they saying the appropriate blessings before and after the food? Are they doing 'al netilat yadayim' in the morning? (Any food a Jew touches without washing their hands ritually after they wake up is then imbued spiritual impurity, called tumah.)
My kids have both learnt this the hard way. When they went through a (very normal) rebellious stage of not wanting to wash their hands in the morning, it didn't take long for the stomachaches to show up, and convince them otherwise.
If the food is kosher, and is being eaten with appropriate blessings, the next stage is to look at what is being eaten, and how: healthy, or unhealthy? Guzzled down, or eaten slowly and calmly? Big amounts, or reasonable portions? (The Rambam teaches that even if a food is super-healthy, eating big amounts of it can still make a person ill.)
It's like putting the pieces of a puzzle together: we track down all the clues one by one, with no guilt, and no finger-pointing, and find out what message G-d is trying to send us.
Once we've looked at the more physical aspects, we go to where the real progress is to be had: the emotional dimension: what circumstances spark off the need to eat chocolate? (EG, I go for the chocolate when I'm feeling down about something.)
What's making me feel down? What emotion is hiding behind it all? Fear? Repressed anger? Self-loathing?
Often, people are so disconnected from their emotions that they really don't know what's behind their physical issues, or at least, not in any way they can consciously access. Which is when we switch tack, and see if the physical symptoms themselves can point to the emotional root of the problem.
In the Jewish Energy Medicine approach, we'd check all the meridian alarm points to see which ones were 'out'; try a few simple techniques to 'fix' the energy flowing through the meridians again, and then concentrate on the ones that were proving hard to get into balance.
In our stomachache example, after we'd gone through all the obvious stuff outlined above, we'd then check and use energy techniques to balance the 14 meridians. Any meridian that wouldn't balance with these simple, fast techniques is a 'clue' pointing to the real problem: in our example, we might find that the stomach and gallbladder meridians are still 'out'.
In the 5 element diagnostic system of Chinese Medicine, stomach is a 'yang' meridian, and is associated with co-dependency, or having too much sympathy for people at the wrong times and in the wrong places. Meanwhile, gallbladder is a yang meridian that 's associated with anger, and particularly, outward-focussed anger.
At this stage, you can do various things to balance the meridians energetically, including holding the related accupressure points, massaging the neurolymphatics etc. But the real change will occur when the person with the stomachache realises that they are repressing a lot of anger about being guilted into doing favours for certain people.
When that particular penny drops, the stomachache will permanently go, without the need for any medicines or special interventions; the person will feel much happier, and they will have got the message that G-d was sending to them via their illness.
If you'd like a free Jewish Energy Medicine evaluation, get in touch. We can't promise miracles – that's G-d's job – but we'd be very happy to help you gather more 'clues' about your illness or medical issue.