A Natural Approach To Health Care
Naturopathy is a system of medicine that stresses health maintenance, disease prevention, and patient education and responsibility as distinguished from more traditional health care systems that emphasize treatment of disease symptoms via use of toxic drugs and invasive procedures.
The approach of naturopathic health care can be instrumental in preventing minor illnesses from developing into chronic, degenerative diseases of a more serious nature. Patients are encouraged to be proactive in terms of their health, and are taught the principles that promote a healthy life, and in doing so, they can prevent encounters with major illnesses.
Toxins accumulate when they exceed your body’s ability to eliminate them. This build-up can cause fatigue and lower your immune response to fight off disease and infection.
Naturopathy, meaning “Nature Cure”, is more than a system of health care, it is a way of life and a concept of healing using various natural means of treating not just symptoms but the root causes of illness as well. Naturopathic principles are a sound method for promoting health and wellness. Medical research is now full of studies that confirming the importance of diet and lifestyle to our health, and many studies are now beginning to relate specific foods and lifestyle choices to specific diseases.
Basic Principles of Naturopathy
Naturopathic practitioners abide by the following six Basic Principles of Naturopathy in their practice of natural health:
- First, do no harm: treat without toxic or invasive methods.
- Support and promote the healing power of Nature.
- Treat the root cause of disease, not just the symptoms.
- Heal the whole person: body, mind, soul, and spirit.
- Teach the principles of healthy living.
- Promote wellness and preventive therapies.