Self Care Institute

Gentle medicine balance in body and peace of mind and the Elements of Care Program

Self-care is complementary to any biomedical treatment and is foundational to any healthcare system.

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The World Health Organization defines traditional medicine as "the sum total of knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.

"Relying exclusively on biomedical care is not judicious, nor is it feasible or sustainable for any community or nation." 

-Dr. Martha M. Libster, PhD, APRN

  • American Academy of Nursing Award 2021

  • Sharing health beliefs, practices, and ideas for health system reform.

  • Positive impact for generations to come.

"Ancient wisdom traditions describing both material and spiritual existence have focused for millennia on the five elements of all creation as a model for defining, describing, and discussing life on planet Earth.


The five elements are air, water, earth, fire, and ether.

Mental transformation correlates to the air element, includes shifts in thought patterns, knowledge, development, social and cultural beliefs, and values.

Emotional transformation correlates to the water element, can be observed as fluctuations in emotional engagement in relationship to self and with others.

Physical transformation correlates to the earth element.  Environment or climate change of the earth element is seen in physical and behavior change.

Spiritual transformation correlates to the fire element, is observed as a change in consciousness, perceptions, and relationship to the Creator and creation-all that is material and spiritual.

Ether, the fifth element, is the essence of all our elements.  Ancient Greeks describe it as 'pneuma,' which means 'breath.'  It is perception, essence, and consciousness that enables us to derive meaning from climate changes experienced throughout life as the patterns expressed in the five elements of creation.

The five elements describe primary energetic health patterns in people. Lifestyle patterns such as activity, sleep and rest, and diet, are known to have a direct effect on the balance of the internal environment of the person with the external environment.  Gentle Medicine Balance in Body and Peace of Mind and the EOC program support your path to becoming more conscious and aware of the ways that you, as a human being, your family, or your community, can affect climate change, the environment within and without."    Dr. Martha Libster

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