Naturopathy, or Naturopathic Medicine, is a natural approach to health and healing that is both a way of life and a concept of healing.

The Allied Health Professions Act [1982] officially defines it as

“a system of healing based on promoting health and treating disease using the body’s inherent biological healing mechanisms to self-heal through the application of non-toxic methods”

Naturopathic treatments originated as a system of using food, herbs, air, sun, and water for medicine and as healing agents for the restoration of health. The same principles still apply in modern day practice, with some innovations, but primarily it still consists of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disorders by the therapeutic use of diverse natural methods and materials, such as:

  • Clinical nutrition, which incorporates micronutrient supplementation, diet, and fasting
  • Botanical, aromatic and homeopathic medicine, which include herbals, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, flower essences and other energetic medicaments
  • Iridology and other technical devices
  • Physical medicine, which includes exercise, hydrotherapy, detoxifications, massage, manipulations, electromagnetics, electro-acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy
  • Counseling, which incorporates diet, lifestyle and stress management, bio-feedback and stress management.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”

Thomans Edison

The seven core principles of naturopathic medicine are as follows:

  1. The healing power of Nature (Vis Medicarix Naturae)My Mobile Cracked 1660
  2. First do no harm (Primum Non Nocere)
  3. Find the cause (Tolle Causam)
  4. Treat the whole person (Holism)
  5. Preventative medicine
  6. Wellness and health promotion (emerging principle)
  7. Doctor as teacher (docere)