Naturopathic Medicine, was first popularized by Benedict Lust in the late 1800s. Lust was a German physician and fell ill, returning to Germany and participating in various natural treatments such as hydrotherapy, herbal medicine, and homeopathy. These treatments would later become the basis to which he developed western Naturopathy.
We are often asked in our practice, or when Dr Erica Steele DNM ND CFMP, is out speaking in public, what is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a system of healthcare designed to support the bodies natural ability to heal itself. Naturopaths often seek to find the cause of diseases rather than addressing symptoms. Naturopaths do not diagnose and manage conditions, but rather believe that the body will heal itself if given a healthy environment. A healthy environment for a body includes decreasing toxic loads in the system and increasing nutrients to bring the immune system into balance.