Naturopathic Cures

The Theory of Naturopathic Cures may have originated from the works of a Spanish Naturopath, José Oriol Ávila Montesó in the 1980s [1]. In “How Naturopathy Works", he outlined a therapeutic approach involving 4 key stages: detoxification, revitalization, stabilization and regeneration. For each of these, he highlighted the importance of both the physical and mental … Continue reading Naturopathic Cures

How to Make Wiser Food Choices?

"Will this do more harm than good?" That's a question to ask yourself. As someone who has recovered from an "incurable" condition, my body is still quite fragile. Easily "broken" again might be another way to put it. I have learnt this the hard way many times over with my food choices. Take this once-a-week … Continue reading How to Make Wiser Food Choices?

Naturopathic Theories

What are theories? Therefore our Naturopathic Theories are systems of ideas used to assist the understanding of health and disease and to guide healing. There are 11 main theories [1]: Vital Force and Theory of VitalityIntegration of the IndividualNaturopathic Cures – detoxification, revitalization, stabilization and regenerationValue of a FeverTherapeutic OrderNaturopathic Triad of HealthUnity of DiseaseHering’s … Continue reading Naturopathic Theories

“Wellness” (Nat. Principle 7)

"Wellbeing" = "Well" + "Being" What does it mean to be Well? Wellness or Wellbeing consists of 2 words, "Well" and "Being". It implies that it is not only 'Wellness' that is required for health, but also 'Being-ness' - the state of being, therefore also reflecting the state of the mind. Thus this principle acknowledges … Continue reading “Wellness” (Nat. Principle 7)

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Principle 6)

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."Benjamin Franklin A major aspect of Naturopathy is its focus on preventative healthcare and our role as "Docere" is to teach patients the meaning of Disease Prevention and Health promotion. To teach them to be ‘proactive’ in maintaining health rather than solely being ‘reactive’ to treating … Continue reading Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Principle 6)

“Doctor as Teacher” (Naturopathic Principle 5)

Did you know that the english word "doctor" has its roots in Latin? It is derived from the latin word "Docere" which means "to teach". This principle reminds us that we are "Educators", not just "Prescribers". We educate patients on the factors that affect health and disease so that individuals are more informed about the … Continue reading “Doctor as Teacher” (Naturopathic Principle 5)

Nutrition and Anxiety

Why are anxiety disorders more prevalent these days? Here's some snippets from an essay I just submitted. Role of health promotion projects Some epdemiological data Trends in Aoteroa (New Zealand) and a little about the impact of immigration on anxiety disorders What do you think? In your experience, are there additional factors not mentioned here? … Continue reading Nutrition and Anxiety

“Treat the WHOLE PERSON” (Naturopathic Principle 4)

This Naturopathic Principle speaks to the philosophy of Holism. In almost every case, you cannot address the root cause of disease without looking at every factor that affects the individual's health. Details in the post. 👇🏻🧐

What is Normal Eating?

Do you think you have a 'Normal' eating pattern? Take a look at this diagram detailing various eating patterns from our lecture today on Nutrition and Mental Health. Really food for thought eh? I must admit, after trying so many diets and multiple bouts of fasting over the past years, I think I have a … Continue reading What is Normal Eating?

“Treat the Cause” (Naturopathic Principle No. 3)

Naturopathic Principle 3: Treat the Cause. Of cause 😉, symptomatic treatment is important but ultimately we want to find out the root cause of disease and treat that. The only other alternative would to rely on medications (and their side effects) for life eh?