True Healing = Change

In order to heal, one needs to change. This realization has dawned on me recently both from my own healing journey (see about pages) and from observing other people on their own healing journeys. Why do some people get better and others don't? Why do some people take much longer to get better, or go … Continue reading True Healing = Change

Treat the Cause

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

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 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

“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)

“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?

Your Body Knows Best

We only have one body to live in. It takes care of us, but do we take care of it? Every moment of every day, our bodies talk to us and give us feedback on how its doing. Sometimes it is direct and immediate, like when your hurt yourself by accident. Other times, it is … Continue reading Your Body Knows Best