5 Helpful Tips for Dealing with Chronic Disease

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I’m not a medical doctor so take what I’m sharing with a grain of salt. I’m someone who has lived with chronic diseases since my late 20s and they’re not even run-of-the-mill or conventional conditions which makes the situation even more frustrating.

However, I have found relief by including meditation, Reiki, herbalism, homeopathy and a restrictive plant-based diet in my daily routine. I also pay attention to staying hydrated and getting the rest I need (even though I would rather work to keep my mind off the diseases). These are some ways I’ve managed chronic disease.


You have two options. First, you can find a qualified homeopathic practitioner and she or he will do an assessment of your symptoms and come up with a constitutional remedy. If the first remedy doesn’t work, they will assign a new remedy and so on. You might experience quick results for issues such as pain, muscle spasms, rashes, and acute symptoms. Or it might be a journey through several remedies before you experience the more vibrant health.

Or you can look up the single remedies or combination remedies in a book or website and choose the one that best fits your symptoms. You can even do a combination of both by using single remedies and working with a practitioner.

The downside is you might second guess that homeopathy could work (it does work). It might also become tedious trying different constitutional remedies. You also need to refrain from exposing yourself to scents related to camphor, the mint family, lavender and tea tree oil, to name a few strong oils. These oils or scents contraindicate the constitutional remedies so that they aren’t as effective.


Even five minutes of meditation three times a day works wonders. Don’t give up because your mind races or you don’t feel relaxed the first few times you sit down to meditate. Try listening to guided meditations or meditation music. You can try walking meditation too but make sure you’re not lamenting or obsessing about problems. Relax your mind. Give thanks for the natural world as you go for a walk. Witness the world around you and breathe it in.

The downside of meditation is we can forget to do it and then we beat ourselves up for forgetting to meditate which defeats the purpose. Pencil meditation in your calendar and stick with it, even just 5 minutes at at time.

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If you are like me and you’re sensitive to chemicals, then a plant-based medicine approach makes sense (even though plants are also made up of chemicals, but ones Mother Nature provides). Find a good book on herbal medicine or sign up with a local herbalist for a session. I’ve made a lot of progress treating illnesses with herbal remedies and supplements.

The downside is that the herbal remedies don’t last long, especially if they are in the form of a tincture. You could spend a lot of money and wish there was a single pill you could take (there isn’t one).

The good news is that there are many herbalist traditions from around the world ranging from Native American to Ayurvedic from India and Chinese herbalism. You can find the system that works best for your body and temperament.


I recommend studying and getting attuned to Level One. And in addition visiting a Reiki practitioner for as many visits are required. Depending on the practitioner, Reiki can be combined with crystal or sound therapy. It’s also been combined with elements of shamanism and angel therapy. Reiki practitioners are often on a healing journey for themselves and they are understanding of syndromes, odd illnesses, and hyper sensitivities.

The downside is you might not be able to find the right Reiki practitioner who you can see in person. Or you might not have the funds for several visits that might be required. The upside is some Reiki practitioners give distance healing and some practitioners might be open to trade until you get back on your feet financially. It’s worth contacting Reiki practitioners to see if they can help.

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Plant-Based Diet

The plant-based diet has helped many people with chronic disease. But I understand that this diet doesn’t work for everyone. However, having said that, try adding more plant-based meals to your daily routine and see if you notice an improvement in your symptoms.

The downside of the diet is that it might be hard to source the ingredients for your recipes such as you might not have access to organic produce (I’ve run into this problem where I live). Also, you might need to attend cooking classes or find cooking videos on YouTube to get started. You can also pick up books from your library. The other downside is a plant-based diet does not provide D3, iodine, zinc or B-12 in the right amounts, if at all. You’ll need to supplement these vitamins and keep tabs on your vitamin B levels going forward. Also check your iron levels if you are a menstruating woman.

In Conclusion

I hope this article is helpful in some way. Remember I’m not a medical practitioner and if you have medical concerns to visit your medical doctor. I prefer holistic doctors because they are on board with the types of practices I mention in this article. Unfortunately, the conventional doctor will want to run endless tests and prescribe pharmaceuticals. That’s just the way they roll.

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Published by pnwauthor

I'm a former Washingtonian from Washington State, not Washington DC. I currently reside in Pennsylvania, even though my dream was to live and work in Vermont.

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