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The field of mind-body medicine continues to expand with more recognizing that the energy contained in thoughts, beliefs and emotions can significantly impact the health and well-being of an individual.  Medical Intuition is one of the tools that can bridge the information of a person’s spiritual and physical imbalances.  Medical Intuition is defined as a system of expanded perception, gained through the development of the human sense of intuition, which is then used to scan the physical body’s energy systems for structures and patterns that can correspond to illness and disease.  Medical intuitives operate on the theory that ailments can be both physically and energetically-based. Although the term “medical intuitive” includes the word “medical,” it’s not to be construed as the practice of medicine, psychotherapy, or any other licensed healthcare practice, and medical intuitives do not provide medical diagnoses.

Today, medical intuition is part of the emerging field of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) modalities. Complementary medicine refers to non-mainstream therapies or modalities, such as Aryurveda and Chinese Acupuncture, that are used in conjunction with traditional western medicine practices to promote healing. Integrative medicine refers to the act of combining these complementary treatments with conventional care in a coordinated way so that the whole patient (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social) is considered, rather than just one organ system or one disease state. This can be incredibly helpful when it comes to chronic conditions that resist typical treatment. According to Wendie Colter, a certified medical intuitive (, medical intuition has become an “essential, practical support to any holistic, functional, or integrative healthcare practice.” In addition, recent advances in the field of mind-body medicine are beginning to acknowledge the importance of including intuition when treating patients and clients. [1,2,3]

Medical intuition can deliver fast, accurate health assessments. Benefits from working with a medical intuitive include:

  • an additional point of reference that can assist your current healthcare team

  • improved efficiency by directing your health care efforts towards professionals that support your body’s own ability to heal

  • a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between mind, body, and spirit, and how your energetic imbalances may be creating conditions of "pre-illness" through habitual emotional compromises

Edgar Cayce, a famous medical clairvoyant, is considered the father of modern medical intuition and holistic medicine. Though he died in 1945, his extensive, pioneering work continues to be relevant today. Cayce acquired his enormous body of knowledge by putting himself into a deep, trance-like state in order to gain access to universal consciousness, or the superconscious mind. His readings included information on subjects as diverse as diet and nutrition, reincarnation, medical remedies, ESP, ancient DNA research, affirmations, and dream interpretation.  The Edgar Cayce Foundation holds the library of his 14,306 readings which are accessible  (

Two current-day medical intuitives, Louise Hay and Caroline Myss, each wrote seminal works that have heavily contributed to opening our minds to mind/body integrative medicine. It was Louise Hay’s ground breaking, 1984 book “You Can Heal Your Life” that introduced the idea that our thoughts and beliefs not only shape our personalities, but our health, as well. Hay believed that we create every state of “dis-ease” in our body through our own thought patterns. Therefore, by identifying the underlying issues and limiting beliefs, we have the power to change and heal. She also felt that self-love was the key to all self-healing and created specific affirmations and exercises for many of the disease-states we experience today.

On the heels of Louise Hay came Myss, a medical intuitive who wrote the classic, best-selling 1996 book “Anatomy of the Spirit.” She examined how illness can correspond to patterns of emotional and psychological stressors, beliefs and attitudes that can then impact specific areas of the human body. The book includes a description of the body’s seven centers of spiritual and physical power, which stems from her extensive research into ancient eastern spiritual traditions including the Hindu chakras, the Christian sacraments and the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. The book also teaches each reader how to develop their own powers of intuition and cultivate personal power and spiritual growth.

The science behind medical intuition continues to evolve:

  •  Wendie Colter, founder of The Practical Path, is currently doing a study in conjunction with the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

  • Caroline Myss developed the science called “the field of energy anatomy” and continues to work with C. Norman Shealy M.D., PhD, a Harvard trained neurosurgeon, producing numerous books on human consciousness, disease, and holistic health. Her research has proven so accurate that it became the subject matter of a book co-written with Dr. Shealy entitled “The Creation of Health”.

 There are also numerous books devoted to the science written by other intuitives. Francesca McCartney, PhD, founder of The Academy of Intuition Medicine in CA has written “Body of Health: The New Science of Intuition Medicine” as well as “Intuition Medicine: The Science of Energy” and also puts out an on-line journal, The Academy Journal” devoted to the topic.

Certainly, for those of us who have stalled in our own healing, who haven’t found success through western medical practices alone, or who are simply looking for alternative forms of healing from disease, seeing a medical intuitive can be another option to consider. And unlike western medicine practices alone, it can lead to a more comprehensive transformation that includes physical as well as spiritual, psychological, emotional, and social well-being. By contributing writer Julie Trager ___________________________ [1] Melin-Johanson, C., Palmqvist, R. & Rönnberg, L. (2017, Mar22). Clinical intuition in the nursing process and decision-making - a mixed-studies review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13814. [2] Peterkin, Alan MD, (2017, April 10). Physician intuition. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(14):E544. [3] Marks-Tarlow, T. (2014). Awakening clinical intuition: An experiential workbook for psychotherapists. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.



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