Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Enhance: Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself by Andrew Weil M.D. (1995-05-02)

by Andrew Weil M.D.

Hardcover, 1995

Call number

615.5 WEIL



Knopf (1787)


In this revolutionary book, Dr. Andrew Weil, one of the most authoritative, articulate, and important voices in the field of health and healing, makes clear the reality of spontaneous healing. He illuminates the mechanisms and processes of the body's healing system, delineates the ways in which an individual can optimize the functioning of his or her own system, and outlines the alternative medicines and treatments available to aid the healing system, not only in the remission of life-threatening diseases but also in response to everyday illnesses and in day-to-day upkeep of basic health. In clear, concise language, Dr. Weil explains how the healing system operates, its interactions with the mind, its biological organization, its systems of self-diagnosis, self-repair, and regeneration.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member hooeezit
Very structured presentation of natural healing processes with lots of anecdotal evidence. The guide to common herbs and alternative medicine options towards the end of the book makes for a great reference. It's worth internalizing the knowledge contained in the book.
LibraryThing member J_Starling
I first purchased this book in 1995, at its first publishing. I instantly became a devotee of Andrew Weil, MD. I got the feeling, as I read the book that he genuninely CARES and is NOT only writing books and giving lectures for the money. When I tried some of his suggestions, and saw AMAZING improvement in my own health, I became a true believer - with a testimony! Weil has had an interesting career: he spent quite some time in the Amazon rainforests with native peoples and Shamans there, and experimented with MANY types of herbs and plants (some of which were hallucinogenic!), all in an effort to find some answers to the illnesses that plague western society. His advice mixes Western medicine, with Asian/Eastern medical belief systems and herbs, and South American herbology. A wonderful book, and a book that given to an ill person, will give them HOPE.… (more)
LibraryThing member infjsarah
I read this because I was looking for more info about the mind body link as advocated by Dr John Sarno. This has some info about that idea but not a lot and not much practical advice related to it either. I am also sceptical of people who advocate eating naturally and then proceed to tell you to eat supplements of this and that (all of which they of course sell). So quite interesting but didn't speak to me in the way that Dr Sarno's ideas do.… (more)
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