Naturopathy |


Caramie Schnell

According to the online Naturopathic Medicine Network (, naturopathy is a “distinctively natural approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person.” It emphasizes the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the, “inherent healing capacity of the person.” The practice of Naturopathic Medicine emerges from six underlying principles of healing, some of which include, “The healing power of nature,” which refers to the body’s inherent ability to establish, maintain and restore health. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment that process.”Identify and treat the cause,” refers to the fact that underlying causes of disease must be discovered and treated before a person can recover from illness, therefore symptoms should not be suppressed by treatment.”First do no harm” is the third principal. This refers to the fact that illness is the, ” purposeful process of the organism and that symptoms are just part of the process of healing.” Methods then that are designed to suppress symptoms without identifying and removing the underlying causes are considered harmful and are avoided or minimized.Treating the whole person is a vital part of naturopathy. Health and disease are “conditions of the whole organism, which involve a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.” The physician must then treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account. The current scope of naturopathic practice includes, but is not limited to: clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, oriental medicine, naturopathic obstetrics, psychological medicine and minor surgery.* Source: Naturopathic Medicine Network (

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