The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles. Many of the later principles and philosophies of naturopathy originated in Germany and Europe in the 16th and 17th century.
Naturopathy is a system of integrated holistic medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, massage, bio energy, proper supplementation, healthy life style education and much more.
According to the manifesto of British Naturopathic Association, "Naturopathy is a system of treatment which recognizes the existence of the vital curative force within the body."
Naturopath through its knowledge is bringing a harmony to persons life and health system by using individually matched techniques. Every person is different and everyone need a different support.
Principles of Naturopathy:
1- First, Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
Naturopath choose the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for each patient.
2- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
Naturopath recognise the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
3- Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)
Naturopath identify, address and remove the underlying causes of disease.
4- Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Educating and supporting clients on personal health management is an important role for Naturopaths. They empower cleints to take responsibility for their own health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the naturopath - client relationship.
5- Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum)
This is a holistic concept that recognises the body as an integrated whole. Naturopath treats the person, not the disease. A naturopathic assessment addresses the nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors in a person’s life.
6- Prevention (Praevenic)
Naturopath promote a focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
In my practice every Client is treated as an unique person. Each one has an extraordinary body with self-healing properties - which needs only a little bit of stimulation to come back to proper balance to achieve the level of homeostasis. After that… you can enjoy life on every levels: physical, emotional and spiritual.
My aim as a Naturopath is to treat the whole person on all levels of their being, by getting to the root cause of the illness – not just stopping the symptoms
Licenced Naturopath – Magdalena S. Serafin