What sets Naturopathy apart from conventional medicine? Treating the root causes of illness is a philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine (tolle causam) that drew me to study and make this my profession. When stricken with a debilitating autoimmune disorder, I kept posing these questions to my specialist (Rheumatologist): "What is the cause of this and how … Continue reading Treat the Cause
"Why is this happening to me..?" There are no straight answers to this question. Instead, as Naturopaths, we encourage a more positive perspective. Seeing illness as Teacher. and asking: "What can I learn from this?" Often times we fall ill and expect a quick fix. But does that fix the root cause of your illness? … Continue reading Illness as Teacher
Check out my instagram for a condensed infographic version of this post Before the advent of science, ancient Greek philosophers used qualities of objects to describe and understand the world around (macroscopic) and within (microscopic) us. Empedocles (495-435 BC) was the first to categorize all natural phenomenon into 4 elements: AirFireEarthWater According to Empedocles, the … Continue reading Naturopathic Theory: Humoral Theory
The Therapeutic Order is a theory based on observations of the natural healing process over thousands of years. It guides naturopathic physicians by providing an order on which to decide which healing modality to apply first. This stems from the Naturopathic Principle of “Vis medicatrix naturae” (The Healing Power of Nature) which acknowledges that the body … Continue reading Naturopathic Theory: The Therapeutic Order
The Theory of Naturopathic Cures may have originated from the works of a Spanish Naturopath, José Oriol Ávila Montesó in the 1980s . 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
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 : 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
"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)
This post covers the 2nd Naturopathic Principle. What is "Vis Medicatrix Naturae"? and how do Naturopaths apply this in practice? It's a short post but I hope its informative. Peace, Love & Health J.T.
This next series of posts will focus on the 7 Naturopathic Principles. We start is a Principle anyway? Followed by a description of the first one which all doctors know by heart - "First, Do No Harm" or "Primum non nocere". What does this mean? And finally, how is it implemented in naturopathic practice? Read on to find out! Love, Peach and Health J.T.
The last post gave a broad "Overview of the Naturopathic Profession." This one will cover the 2 core Naturopathic philosophies. Before we dig into the Naturopathic philosophies, what exactly is a philosophy anyway? (Meaning of philosophy from a quick google search) In this instance, the 2nd meaning is more applicable. (highlighted in the picture) Therefore, … Continue reading Naturopathic Philosophies: VITALISM and HOLISM