How to Leverage the Law of Synergy to Benefit Your Health

by | Feb 9, 2021 | Chronic Disease, Healing, Health | 2 comments

The Law of Synergy, as discussed in my book, The Serpent and The Butterfly: The Seven Laws of Healing, says that, when combined, the shared actions of two different forces, agents, or substances can have greater effects than merely their summation. Medicine is a perfect example of this: it is as much an art as it is a science — an art informed by science; old school, proven techniques and methods integrated with technology — synergy at work.

The body, however, is the ultimate synergetic masterpiece. It is a delicate, complex balance of systems — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual — which, when added, makes a whole cumulatively greater than the simple mathematical addition of its constituents, constantly working to maintain normal structure and operating status. In other words, the whole body is greater than the sum of its parts. Or, as Buckminster Fuller said it best, “There is nothing in the chemistry of a toenail that predicts the existence of a human being.”

Uncoincidentally, the root meaning of the word healing is “wholeness.” And in order to restore the normal structure and function of our bodies, reversing chronic diseases in the process, the whole person must be treated. When the Law of Synergy is applied, healing is more likely to take place.

Naturopathic doctors have many tools in their toolbox — clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy — knowing that the combined effects of different modalities can produce far more beneficial health effects than one alone. Think of it this way, when treating a lower respiratory infection, you don’t just treat the lungs but other systems too, such as the gut, immune system, and upper respiratory passages. In herbal medicine, too, certain herbal combinations share synergistic properties. Combining turmeric with black pepper can activate anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects. Or, frankincense and myrrh, a classic combination used since 1500 BCE, has shown enhanced antimicrobial efficacy against select pathogens.

Keep in mind, this does not take away from a healthcare practitioner who has mastered and specializes in one treatment modality, disease, or area of physiology. But, just as one hammer cannot build a house, one treatment modality cannot reverse chronic disease as effectively as using multiple tools and modalities together.

To achieve optimal health and wellness, we must acknowledge that our body’s systems are functioning pieces of a delicately balanced whole. By utilizing combined, cooperative forces in the body, whether it’s two medical treatments or two physiological systems, we can better align with the laws of nature and instigate a shared action, exponentially amplifying our body’s natural healing ability. The Law of Synergy tells us that health is much more than the absence of disease — health is defined by the presence of fully functioning systems harmoniously interrelating on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. In doing so, we can create a paradigm of health, not disease.

1. List five pairs of things that have synergy in your life. This could be something as simple as two flavors, like salt and vinegar, or following an intense workout with sitting in a steam room. Feel free to get creative.

2. Raise internal awareness that whatever you do to your body affects the whole organism. Be mindful of each thing you introduce into your body, such as a drug, and how it can produce multiple synergistic side effects.

3. Remind yourself that stacking certain diet and lifestyle activities, actions, or modalities can have a synergistic effect on your health and wellness. Find ones that resonate with you and that make you feel alive. This could mean stacking intermittent fasting with high-intensity interval training and a modified Weston A. Price–style diet to amplify combined health benefits. Or, you can stack spending time in a sensory-deprivation oat tank with martial arts and avoiding your food intolerances. Find synergies between different diets and lifestyles that resonate with your body and your genes by working with the help of an integrative medicine practitioner.

4. Seek out a naturopathic doctor or another skilled, medically trained physician to help guide you on your healing journey. Choose different modalities and therapies, with the help of your naturopathic doctor, whose synergistic effects will benefit the totality of your body.


  1. Megan

    Thank you for this blog.
    I am a provider myself, and agree wholeheartedly. I integrate physical therapy with somatic psychology, nervous system resiliency, and trauma release exercise.
    I’d be curious to learn more about you. I’m actually looking for a new primary doctor.

    • Administrator

      Hello Megan!

      Thank you for commenting. It’s wonderful to hear how other practitioners are integrating these things into their practice.

      We’re currently accepting new patients & would love to have you apply! Just use this link to get things started ::


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