The cure by Nature.
Naturopathy is a proactive approach to health.
In Naturopathy, sickness or disease is a form of healing. It is Nature ‘cleaning’ the body, removing its waste or morbid matter. Only, after such cleaning, balance is re-established.
Have you ever heard in a Fairy Tale with no villains?
You may think on germs and bacteria as villains; however, they don’t represent an enemy for a healthy body. Instead, they play a role in the balance of health.
According to Lindlahr, ‘the primary cause of germ activity is the morbid soil in which bacteria breed and multiply’, thus, the focus of Natural Medicine is to build a strong 'soil' or immune system rather than fighting the illness.
Each individual is unique and so is the way as the symptoms are going to be shown. There is no dis-ease in this scenario, but individuals having symptoms according to their nature.
Therefore, naturopathic treatment is individualized.
Naturopathy is a lifestyle.
Much more than a treatment, Naturopathy is a lifestyle.
Its approach is always directed to the use of natural therapies and the forces of nature (like water, sun, air etc.) to promote health.
Hippocrates, the father of modern therapeutic science, is believed to have said: ‘It’s Nature that heals, not the physician’. For centuries, people believed that there was a Vital Force, or regulatory agency, in the body that protected against disease or brought about healing Naturopaths also believed that ‘it’s the body that acts upon the drugs, and not the drugs upon the body’. (Whiter and Sathish, 2015, p.119)
In Naturopathy, the individual is holistically perceived (by its whole), and each individual is part of the huge interactive body called Earth.
Lindlahr, H. (1975). Philosophy of Natural Therapeutics. London, UK: Random House UK Ltd.
Whiter, Elizabeth and Dr Rohini Sathish MRCVS (2015). You can heal your pet. The Practical Guide to Holistic Health and Veterinary Care. London, UK: Hay House UK Ltda.
I am a Portuguese writer with certifications on Small Animal Nutrition.