Integrative Healing


Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Dr David Simon, MD, is a physician of repute at Chopra Center, US. A neurologist by training, Simon’s profound interest in holistic and consciousness-based medicine has been an on-going process, since his residency and fellowship years.

In The Wisdom of Healing, Simon offers us a new model of health: a programme of optimal well-being that embraces the best of the objective and scientific interventions of Western medicine with the subjective and holistic approaches of ancient healing traditions — most notably, Ayurveda.

A thoroughly engaging and practical guide to the numerous benefits of mind/body medicine, Simon’s classy work catapults to the fore a system based on individuality — or, our own unique responses to food, exercise, stress, medicine and surgery, including a wide range of external factors.

Simon’s work also explains one of the most primal frontiers of holistic medicine. Of how to use food as medicine; relaxation techniques; healing breath and neuromuscular exercises; and, techniques for detoxification, purification, and rejuvenation, including strategies for addressing such specific conditions as reproduction and pregnancy, aging, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and chronic pain.

The book is also woven with medical advice — the story of the author’s journey as a young medical student, his frustration with the traditional accent on the mechanics of disease and diagnosis, and his [re]discovery of a medical science that focuses on the patient in its strategies for achieving and maintaining optimal health.

Simon’s thoroughly chiselled tome not only leads to a nature intended, or restored, to optimal health in body, mind, and spirit, it also connects itself into the miracle of creation — which is best expressed in the Vedic wisdom poem: “As is the individual, so is the Universe./As is the human body, so is the cosmic healing body./As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind./As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.”

The Wisdom of Healing
Dr David Simon, MD
Three Rivers Press
pp 352
Price: ₹1,789.00

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360. 

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