Also known as Naturopathic Medicine.
Naturopathy is a system of therapy which relies exclusively on natural substances and remedies, such as sunlight supplemented with diet and massage, to treat the sick. It incorporates many therapeutic modalities: herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, hydrotherapy, food, exercise therapy, physical therapy, manipulation of the bony and soft tissues, lifestyle and counseling.
Additionally, some Naturopaths elect to continue their education to receive a license to practice natural childbirth.
The term Naturopathy was coined in 1895, but this type of medicine have been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands of years. In the mid and late 1800s, the standard medical schools in the United States taught herbal, homeopathic, and nutritional medicine along with surgery and other more conventional types of treatment.
The basis of Naturopathic Medicine is the belief on the "healing power of nature." It profess that within every human organism there is a healing energy, which includes our immune system in the fuller sense of both the physical and the psyche, which is responsible for our wellness and our ability to heal and maintain health. It also asserts that the therapies used to support and stimulate this healing power of nature must be in the gentlest, least invasive, most efficient manner possible, and that practicing Naturopaths should not simply treat the manifestation of the disease but rather search for the cause and treat it.
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Sources: (1) Whorton, James C., Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America, Oxford University Press; (2) Longe, Jacqueline L., The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Thomson Gale; (3) Mysteries of Mind, Space & Time: The Unexplained, H. S. Stuttman Inc. Publishers.
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