What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a distinct and complete medical system that is collectively a philosophy, science, art and series of techniques that together support the inherent power of the body to heal itself. The philosophical origins of naturopathy date back to approximately 400B.C., when Hippocrates became famous for his treatment of disease in accordance with what he perceived as natural laws.
Philosophy of Naturopathy
The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is based upon six fundamental healing principles:
First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere) - the selection of methods should support the healing process rather than just suppressing symptoms. The suppression of symptoms without treatment of the root cause is considered harmful.
Identify and Treat the Causes of Disease (Tolle Causam) - identify and treat the root cause of the illness that might be chemical, mechanical or psychological. Symptoms are an expression of the body's attempt at healing, they are not the cause of the condition. In other words depression is not caused by a lack of anti-depressants!
Teach the Principles of Healthy Living and Preventative Medicine (Docere) - in naturopathy the therapists role is to educate and promote habits that are good for health. The principle that building health through understanding is much more successful than fighting disease.
Heal the Whole Person Through Individualised Treatment (Tolle Totum) - mind, body and spirit must work in concert and balance to effect healing.
Emphasise Prevention - prevention through building health is far better than trying to fix a broken down system.
Support the Healing Power of the Body (Vis Mediatrix Naturae) - remove all obstacles that would interfere with the body's inherent ability to create, maintain and restore health.
"Only nature heals, providing it is given the opportunity to do so; Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food; Disease is an expression of purification; All disease is one. - Hippocrates