Healing versus Curing

Let’s take a minute to discuss healing versus curing. Looking specifically at the definitions from Merriam-Webster:


Cure means, recovery, or relief from disease. A complete or permanent solution or remedy.


Heal means, to make free from injury or disease: to make sound. To make well again: to restore to health.

I find that they really don’t completely understand the word heal, Lissa Rankin put it this way: “But healing and curing are inherently different. Curing means "eliminating all evidence of disease," while healing means "becoming whole."’

That implies you may still have the dis-ease, but you have learned how to work with it. For example, you have an incurable condition, like diabetes, working with a wellness practitioner we can help you heal and learn how to deal with the issue. We don’t necessarily cure anything. And on the flip side of that coin, there is nothing saying that once you become whole again, that you couldn't cure the disease completely.


So with being unable to breathe with a mask on, we may never cure you, but we sure can help you to heal and become whole again. If this is an emotional issue tied to a physical response, then chances are we can cure it… I just don’t want to give false hope but I am willing to pull out everything in my toolbox to see if I can get you whole.