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Why does Catherine call herself The Barefoot Doctor?

Noun: A lay health care worker, especially in rural China, trained to perform tasks such as providing first aid, assisting in childbirth, and dispensing drugs.    (

In days long past, the Chinese medicine practitioner was a wandering doctor.  Someone who utilized the surrounding area for herbs and foods to fill prescriptions for their clients.

This meant they worked in conjunction with the seasons and their immediate environment.  ‘All within a days walk’, was the term used because the herbs and foods they utilized were sourced within that time frame.  They understood that everything the individual needed was directly available to them and that the best medicines were the ones flourishing in that season, climate, time and place.  They understood the vital link between the human being and their environment, the microcosmic and macrocosmic connection.  Thus creating a seasonal approach that was intimately linked between the individual and their surroundings. Wellness is not just about living well, it’s about living in harmony with our landscape both within and without, it’s about being responsible, empowered, and self-aware.

Most importantly, in those days they were paid when their client was well not sick.  How revolutionary! This truly supports the wellness industry.   I would like to see a return to this preventative measure as we all understand and appreciate, ‘prevention is far better than cure’.

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