Naturopathic Theory: Humoral Theory

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

Naturopathic Theory: Emunctory Theory

The Emunctory Theory states that the elimination of toxins is crucial for health, especially in chronic disease. Analogy: Think of a river/drain/sewage system that becomes blocked and clogged up with rubbish. Without proper flow, stagnation will lead to putrefaction, decay and rotting. Breeding pests and disease. Our body is similar. We constantly produce 'rubbish' (toxins) … Continue reading Naturopathic Theory: Emunctory Theory

Naturopathic Theory: Hering’s Law of Cure

This theory is an interesting one. Hering's Law of Cure is based off observations in nature and people where certain diseases seem to develop in various directions within the body: from the periphery to the centrefrom the outside to the insideand from the bottom up Therefore Hering's Law of Cure describes the direction of cure … Continue reading Naturopathic Theory: Hering’s Law of Cure

Naturopathic Theory: The Therapeutic Order

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

“Value of a Fever”

Continuing on this series on Naturopathic Theories, this post will cover the "Value of a Fever". This theory challenges the conventional paradigm or common thinking that a fever is bad. What is a fever? A fever is simply a systemic response from the body that results in elevated core temperatures. [1] The normal temperature of … Continue reading “Value of a Fever”

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

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