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What Is Medical Intuition?


Medical Intuition is defined as a system of expanded perception gained through the development of the human sense of intuition. Medical Intuition is part of the emerging field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and focuses on pinpoint visualization skills and in-depth intuitive scanning to obtain information from the physical body and energy systems. 

Medical Intuition is designed to identify and assess the underlying drivers or root causes of imbalance, to not only help promote physical well-being, but also emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.


Medical Intuition is intended to identify and evaluate energetic structures and patterns in the physical systems of the body, as well as the energy systems of the body (biofield), that can correspond to illness, imbalance and disease. In addition, Medical Intuition is designed to address the energetic influence of thoughts, beliefs and emotions, and how they impact the health and well-being of an individual.

Although Medical Intuition uses the word "medical," the use of Medical Intuition is not to be construed as the practice of medicine, psychotherapy, or any other licensed healthcare practice. A revolutionary new perspective in mind-body approaches, Medical Intuition can provide essential and practical support to any integrative, functional, CAM, and holistic healthcare practice.

The Practical Path Medical Intuitive Training Certification Program offers a comprehensive, step-by-step method of intuitive mastery created to help practitioners deliver fully integrated holistic care for body, mind and spirit well-being.

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Medical Intuitive readings were first documented in the early 1900s by the writings of intuitive Edgar Cayce. Medical Intuition also gained awareness in the 1990s through Caroline Myss, whose work was verified and supported by Dr. C. Norman Shealy.

Recent advances in the field of mind-body medicine suggest the importance of using intuition when treating clients and patients, based on theory and empirical research from traumatology, psychoneuroimmunology, spiritual psychology, and holistic nursing theory, among others. 

Selected Research on Intuition in Healthcare

Melin-Johansson, C., Palmqvist, R. & Rönnberg, L. (2017, Mar 22). Clinical Intuition in the nursing process and decision-making - a mixed-studes review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13814.

Hassani, P., Abdi., A., Jalali, R. & Salari, N. (2016, Feb 10). Use of Intuition by Critical Care Nurses: A Phenomenological Study. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, Volume 7, 65-71. https://www.dovepress.com/use-of-intuition-by-critical-care-nurses-a-phenomenological-study-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP

Mickelborough, Tim (Oct. 1, 2015). Intuition in medical practice: A reflection on Donald Schön’s reflective practitioner. Medical Teacher, Volume 37, 2015 – Issue 10.

Burgess, D.J., Beach, M.C. & Saha S. (2017, Feb). Mindfulness practice: A promising approach to reducing the effects of clinician implicit bias on patients. Patient Education and Counseling - Journal. 100(2):372-376. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.09.005. Epub 2016 Sep 15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27665499

Liem, T. (2017, Sep 1). Intuitive Judgment in the Context of Osteopathic Clinical Reasoning. Journal of the American Osteopath Association, 117(9):586-594. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2017.113.

Miller, E.M. & Hill, P.D. (2017, Aug). Intuition in Clinical Decision Making: Differences Among Practicing Nurses. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 1:898010117725428. doi: 10.1177/0898010117725428

Peterkin, Alan MD, (2017, April 10). Physician intuition. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(14): E544. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5386850/

Use 'nursing intuition' in assessments, say senior care home staff. (2017, May 31) Nurse Older People. 29(5):7. doi: 10.7748/nop.29.5.7.s6.

Brush, J.E. Jr., Sherbino. J. & Norman G.R. (2017, June). How Expert Clinicians Intuitively Recognize a Medical Diagnosis. The American Journal of Medicine. 130(6):629-634. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.01.045. Epub 2017 Feb 24. Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28238695

Lufityanto, G., Donkin, C., & Pearson, J. (2016). Measuring Intuition: Nonconscious Emotional Information Boosts Decision Accuracy and Confidence. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797616629403

Büssing A., Lötzke D., Glöckler M., Heusser P. (2015, Jan. 28). Influence of spirituality on cool down reactions, work engagement, and life satisfaction in anthroposophic health care professionals. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2015:754814. doi: 10.1155/2015/754814.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25694789

Pretz, et al (2014). Development and validation of a new measure of intuition: the types of intuition scale. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27, 454-467.

Marks-Tarlow, T. (2014). Awakening clinical intuition: An experiential workbook for psychotherapists. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Schwarzkopf, D. S. (2014). We should have seen this coming. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00332.

Greenhalgh, Trisha (May 2002). Intuition and Evidence – Uneasy Bedfellows? British Journal of General Practice. 395-400.