What is Naturopathy (nat-your-op-a-thee)
Naturopathy is a system of natural therapies which recognize the existence of a vital curative force within the body.
The origins of naturopathy can be traced to ancient Greece. Hippocrates, the "Father of modern medicine" once said "Nature is the healer of all disease." In his holistic view, he recognized the body, mind and spirit linked to four elements (air, water, fire, earth) of the natural world. This organism that is body, mind and spirit is an amazing self-repairing machine, given the appropriate conditions.
The role of the naturopath is to facilitate the healing process through teaching the natural way of life which advocates fresh air, pure water, wholesome foods and exercise to promote and maintain optimum well-being. Although the trials and tribulations of modern living have given rise to a contemporary naturopathy enabling us to adapt to the less than desirable conditions of the stressful modern world. The contemporary Naturopath draws on both an understanding of Western health science and traditional healing methods.
Naturopathic Code of Ethics
The Naturopath's primary purpose is to restore, maintain and optimize health in human beings by following these six principles of Naturopathic Medicine.
Naturopaths do not diagnose, treat or cure any disease, nor do we prescribe pharmaceutical drugs. In the state of Texas, Naturopaths do not accept, nor are covered by, health insurance plans.
- A Naturopath shall do no harm; to provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to his/her clients at all times. (Primum Non Nocere)
- A Naturopath shall recognize, value and promote the vital self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual. (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
- A Naturopath shall strive to identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms. (Tolle Causum)
- A Naturopath shall endeavor to educate their clients, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health. (Doctor as Teacher)
- A Naturopath shall assist each person by considering all individual health factors; the mind, body and spirit of the individual. (Treat the Whole Person)
- A Naturopath shall support the condition of health to promote well-being. (Health Promotion, Prevention is Best)