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.
How many times have you gone to the doctor, expecting to uncover the cause of an underlying condition, only to leave without answers and a handful of prescription medications? Don’t get me wrong traditional medicine has its place, I just wish that its place holder came with it. Alas, the burning questions must be asked in order to seek the truth. Are doctors educated enough on how patients can be treated naturally? Do they understand nutritional components to health? And are they seeking the advice of alternative medicine practitioners for solutions? Herbal medicine, Herbal remedies, holistic medicine, alternative medicine, homeopathy medicine?
“Chiropractors might be preventing some of their patients from receiving procedures of unproven cost utility, value or dubious efficacy.” This quote comes from the latest study revealing chiropractic’s superiority to “traditional medical approaches” for a host of health problems.
Many people are seeking natural remedies these days for many health concerns. It is an exciting time as people around the country reclaim their health by eating healthier, moving their bodies more, and finding more zen through meditation as well as yoga. But what happens when with all of your best intention you still are not able feel your best? Or if you have developed a health condition and Googling your problem with a natural remedy hashtag just doesn’t seem to bring up helpful responses. It might be time for you to seek out some help. Perhaps even the help of a doctor, however when you think of going to your allopath you may cringe because either you have seen them before for this issue with no luck or you know that you can find some answers that are not necessarily part of the mainstream methods of care. Alas, you value and respect your doctor but are looking for an alternative that may not involve a pill or a surgery. Alas, you hear about a different kind of doctor from a friend, one that may think outside of the box and since your friend has had some good results from seeing her you decide it may be time to schedule an appointment.