Naturopathic Medicine or Naturopathy is a system of medicine that uses natural substances to treat the patient and recognition that the patient's mental, emotional, and physical states must all be treated for a lasting effect.
Though the term Naturopathy was coined in 1895, this type of medicine had been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands of years prior.
The foundation of Naturopathic medicine is the vitalistic philosophy of the "healing power of nature." This means that within every human organism there is a healing energy, which includes our immune system in the fuller sense of both the physical and the psyche, which is responsible for our wellness and our ability to heal and maintain health.
Following this, first premise the therapies used to support and stimulate this healing power of nature must be in “the gentlest, least invasive, most efficient manner possible".
The second Naturopathic premise is “to diagnose and treat the cause".
Naturopaths do not simply treat the manifestation of the disease but rather search for the cause and treat it.
To accomplish these goals, Naturopathic medicine incorporates many therapeutic modalities: herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, hydrotherapy, food, exercise therapy, physical therapy, and manipulation of the bony and soft tissues, lifestyle and counseling.
Naturopathic medicine treats the patient from the preventive stage through to serious, chronic and debilitating disease. Therefore, people can go to Naturopaths for colds, bronchitis, allergies, as well as for heart disease, diabetes, and malignant diseases.
- First, do no harm, provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to patients at all times.
- Recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being.
- Identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms.
- Educate, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health.
- Treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences.
- Emphasize the condition of health to promote well-being and to prevent diseases for the individual, each community and our world.
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