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The Origins of Naturopathy

The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400B.C. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles.

The healing power of nature- nature has the innate ability to heal
Identify and treat the cause - there is always an underlying cause, be it physical or emotional
Do no harm- a Naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions
Treat the whole person- when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a person’s being are taken into consideration
The Naturopath as teacher- a Naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care
Prevention is better than cure - a Naturopath may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the              onset of further disease.
Modern orthodox medicine, apart from all its positive and beneficial attributes, does not subscribe to this idea of wholism or to the importance of prevention. As long ago as the second century BC, the Yellow Emperor, in the Classic of Internal Medicine, said A doctor who treats a disease after it has happened is a mediocre doctor..a doctor who treats a disease before it happens is a superior doctor. Indeed Chinese physicians were paid to keep their patients healthy and were either dismissed or not paid if the patient became ill. This ensured a health system, not an ill health system, as we know it. Unfortunately this understanding has changed to a new paradigm-wait until it is broken and then fix it. This is not intelligent medicine and part of a Naturopath's role is empowering the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health. This is not always an easy task amid a hostile environment of toxins and chemicals. The modern day Naturopath faces many more challenges than those of their forefathers. 

Most of us now live in a sea of electromagnetic pollution, coupled with a plethora of chemical pollutants which were completely alien to man 40 years ago. Add to this a dose of denatured food fast-tracked by technology and we have a heady mix of health problems waiting to happen. In short most people have too much of what they shouldn't have in their bodies and not enough of what they should have. 

The Naturopath of today needs a very eclectic approach to meet these challenges and guide their patients back to vibrant health. Whilst never losing sight of the basic fundamentals of the naturecure, the modern-day Naturopath might employ a raft of skills such as herbs, homoeopathy, manipulation, flower essences, acupuncture or biochemical supplementation to augment their work. These may be necessary to offset many of the suppressions brought about through living in our modern times with all its concomitant stresses that seek to strangle the life force in our bodies. - Steven Langley MSc, ND, DipHom, DBM, DipAc, OMD 
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