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Holistic Healing Arts from Bali & Beyond


Balinese Healing
Bali has a long tradition of Bali Usada, also known as Balinese traditional healing. This practice uses natural herbs and spices, holistic therapies and ancient wisdom to cure physical and mental illness. The Balinese live equally in two worlds: the seen or conscious world called sekala, and the unseen or psychic world, called niskala. In traditional Balinese healing, both of these elements are addressed in order to truly heal an ill patient.

Traditional Balinese healers, or Balian, have been the focal point of healing in Bali for centuries. The Holistic health practitioners and Balian listed below have a proven track record on Bali and are committed to making a positive difference within their communities. Defintions in Balinese Healing:

The Balian:

Some balian have learned their art from studying the ancient scriptures called lontar and apprenticing with a master. Others have received wahyu or divine inspiration and heal from the heart. Both have an esteemed place in Balinese society. The balian may go into a trance state to discover the root cause of the problem and either give the patient plant medicine, a massage or a list of offerings to be made.

Natural Medicine

In the home, many Balinese have what is called a "living apothecary" which are simply the basic healing herbs and trees. These are made into remedies such as an herbal drink (loloh – where leaves are crushed and mixed with water), poultice (boreh – ground up herbs and roots are smeared on the skin), or even a chewed up mixture which is spit on the patient (sepuk). Yet healing is not only plant medicine, but energy healing as well.

Sekala & Niskala:

The Balinese live equally in two worlds: the seen or conscious world called sekala and the unseen or psychic world called niskala. It is the balian's job to help the patient restore balance in both worlds. Often the problem lies with the ancestors, who can cause mischief or indeed real harm if not treated regularly to their favorite treats and offerings. The balian may go into a trance state to discover the root cause of the problem and either give the patient plant medicine, a massage or a list of offerings to be made.

Read about traditional remedies and Balians in Balians and Snake Oil.

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