According to Native American traditional teachings, all things spiritual and all things material are intimately interrelated. They are inseparable. Without the spirit world, there would not be a material universe. Both are manifestations of the Creator, the Great Spirit, where omnipresence and omniscience, omnipotence permeate all things from atoms and electrons to solar systems and galaxies, and the entire cosmos from bacteria to humans.
An excerpt from “Medicine of the Cherokee–The Way of Right Relationship” by J.T. Garrett and Michael Garrett
“Indian Medicine does not forsake all the modern allopathic treatment modalities or ways, but allows for other “ways” that are sometimes referred to as “alternative and complementary.” Indian Medicine is a gift and a choice of life. The emergence of Energy Medicine, now and in the future, takes into consideration many forms of treatment or choices that restore harmony and balance. Among the “alternative medicines” reviewed by the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health are nutrition, health education, lifestyle modifications, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupuressure, spinal manipulation, massage, antioxidant therapy, bioelectromagnetic therapies and other health approaches or modalities. In addition, there are other therapies that will be included in the Energy Medicine model that includes herbal, hydrotherapy, hypnotherapy, metabolic therapy, naturopathic, yoga, reflexology, psychotherapy, … psychic healing, spiritual healing… as a truly whole body-mind-spirit approach, given the total environment and all influences. The changing medical and health paradigm offers a future that we can all admire in bringing choice back to our own personal Medicine power.”
IBEM is accredited by Sacred Way First Nations Assemblies (an inter-tribal spiritual society with headquarters in the state of Michigan) and by The Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations (an Ecclesiastical Private Expressive Association of Pastoral healthcare Practitioners and Counselors, who are ordained ministers and priests, or Natural Doctors, that minister to the sick and suffering according to the Natural Way. The headquarters of The Medicine Wheel Society of First Nations is in the state of Colorado).
*From the American Naturopathic Medical Association, the definition of Naturopathy: “Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a natural health care profession, emphasizing prevention, support, and optimal health through the use of all natural, non-invasive therapies and natural substances that encourage an individuals’ inherent self-healing process. Naturopathy recognizes the body’s self healing abilities. The human body has the inherent ability to recover from the constant assaults by the environment, lifestyle, and improper or bad dietary habits. Taking into account an individuals’ physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, spirituality and other factors naturopathy encourages healthy choices and the elimination of underlying causes of illness. Clients are encouraged to take charge of their own well being. Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine never includes minor surgery or prescription drugs. Instead clients are advised to seek out properly trained professionals that provide such services. Naturopathy does not cure disease. Instead naturopathy supports the body through treatment programs that may over stress the body.”
*Doctor of Naturopathy Definition- A learned individual. Teacher, Restorer, Repairer, Rejuvenator. One skilled or specializing in health arts.