Traditional Naturopathy: “Naturopathy is a philosophy which encompasses a view of life, a model for living a full life. The word naturopathy is a Latin-Greek hybrid which can be defined as ‘being close to or benefiting from nature.’” – Stewart Mitchell, Naturopathy: Understanding the Healing Power of Nature
A traditional naturopath specializes in wellness. They teach patients/clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can act to facilitate the body’s own natural healing and health building potential.
The traditional naturopath does not medically undertake to “diagnose” or “treat diseases,” nor by traditional definition DO NOT use surgery, drugs, or other harsh, or invasive methodology in their consulting. But, rather recognizes that the majority of chronic sub-health conditions are cumulative lifestyle effects, and that the underlying cause of what we call “disease” (or, “dis-ease”) is a combination of improper eating, unhealthy habits, and environmental factors which cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the bodies’ natural defenses (immune system) and subsequent breakdown in health.
The main goal is to restore homeostasis within the body by finding root causes and addressing them; so the body can facilitate it’s own natural healing to regain balance/homeostasis.
Traditional Naturopaths guide and teach their patient/client in natural health approaches such as fasting and detoxification, dietary wellness, the use of herbs & homeopathy, aromatherapy, exercise, rest, sunshine, and many other natural health modalities.
A few examples of what True Traditional Naturopathic Doctors do:
- Provides education on herbs, homeopathy, therapeutic oils, and other natural substances
- Assists with stress relief with mind body therapies
- Promotes health with bodywork therapies
- Teaches benefits of healthy lifestyle
- Counsels on nutrition, historic remedies and lifestyle
- Uses non-invasive practice, procedures, and philosophy
- Evaluates subtle energies
- Uses Iridology, muscle testing, bio-energy evaluation, oriental pulse, skin, and abdominal energy evaluations
- Looks for and treats the underlying cause of ailments
- Focuses on healing organ systems and strengthening the constitution
- Researches a case to determine the imbalances of the systems
- Treats imbalances of the systems thereby treating symptoms
- Uses theories from the orient and Europe in their assessment
- Uses a preventative approach to health care
- Complements conventional medical care