Phytotherapy (endobiogeny) in Paris
"We need not abandon the great achievements of medical works to honor traditional wisdom, rooted in age-old experience. We can embrace both " - Dr. Gabor Maté; The Myth of Normal, Trauma, Illness & Healing in A Toxic Culture.
In my approach with phytotherapy, also known as endobiogeny, I make use of the benefits of plants and their complexities to treat hormonal imbalances and support individuals in the physiological functioning specific to their nature. This draws on the ancient knowledge such as in ancient India known as ayurveda as much as our western knowledge of herbs and their centuries of known properties in healing. Adaptogenic plants such as Rhodiola rosea, Ashwaganda, and Astralagus membranaceus are just a few known so called adaptogenic plants that can help us boost our cortisol responses to stress and help us adapt to face environmental stressors.
There are many plants that have known effects during pregnancy and in the period following birth that midwives have passed along form generation to generation that are still useful but modern medicine echews them as they have not been rigorously tested in the way modern medicines have, since there is no vested interest in funding such costly and laborious studies. It is so potent when these phytotherapeutic approaches are applied to the individual, that is it exciting to be working with patients and offering them advice like brewing a specific tea that can have such wide reaching efficacy.
What is Endobiogeny in a nutshell?
Endobiogeny is a complete and coherent support method that focuses above all on stimulating the body's natural self-healing mechanisms. Interventions are primarily aimed at activating, nurturing and strengthening these mechanisms rather than eliminating symptoms or attacking pathogens directly. They are meant to be as gentle and non-invasive as possible.
Endobiogeny is a personalized medicine that focuses on the body's ability to put in place its self-repair and restoration mechanisms (https://www.iempi.fr/lendobiogenie/). In France it has been more than 40 years since Dr. Christian Duraffourd (https://www.iempi.fr/traite-de-phytotherapie-clinique/) worked on a new way of thinking about medicine - integrative and personalized medicine . Contrary to the traditional approach based on the works of Pasteur which leans especially on physiopathology and seeks to eliminate the symptom, endobiogeny centers its reflection on the functionality, and the physiological comprehension of the natural functioning of the organism in order to support and to improve his spontaneous self-repair processes when dysfunction is present.
As part of this practice there are no ready-made recipes. Each patient is unique in their current adaptive mechanisms. The main therapeutic tool must respect the functionality of the human body and must optimize it. The medicinal plant meets this demand. It is repetition that creates information, so there is no need for a replacement dose: the prescription at a physiological dose taken repeatedly allows the body to improve its functioning and to self-repair as well as possible. There is no better prevention.