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© 2018 Melissah Schulz trading as Inside-Out Natural Health

 

About naturopathy

The practice of naturopathic medicine comes from the following six key principles of healing:
The healing power of nature — vis medicatrix naturae

The body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent with nature healing through the response of the life force. The role of the practitioner is to facilitate this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.

Identify and treat the cause — tolle causam

Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are expressions of the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease. Therefore, naturopathic medicine addresses itself primarily to the underlying causes of disease, rather than to the symptoms. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual. The practitioner evaluates the fundamental underlying causes on all levels, directing treatments at root causes as well as seeking relief of symptoms.

First do no harm — primum no nocere

The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process. The practitioners actions can support or antagonize the actions of vis medicatrix naturae. Therefore, methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing underlying causes are considered harmful and are avoided or minimized.

Treat the whole person — in perturbato animo sicut in corpore sanitas esse non potest

Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors.  The practitioner must treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease, and requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.

The physician as teacher — docere

Beyond an accurate diagnosis and appropriate prescription, the practitioner must work to create a healthy, sensitive interpersonal relationship with the patient. A cooperative practitioner–patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The practitioners major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health. The practitioner is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the practitioner, who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing. The practitioner must strive to inspire hope as well as understanding. The practitioner must also make a commitment to her/his personal and spiritual development.

Prevention — principiis obsta: sero medicina curatur

The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of lifestyle habits that foster good health. The practitioner assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease. Because it is difficult to be healthy in an unhealthy world, it is the responsibility of both practitioner and patient to create a healthier environment in which to live.