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Naturopathy

Khalid Noor Aldeen is a Naturopath and has an 'Adv.Dip. of Naturopathy' and 'Adv.Dip. of Bach Flower Remedies', is a current member of 'Complimentary Medicine Association (CMA) Australia' and 'American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) USA' and has many years of experience using Naturopathy as part of his patients treatments.

Naturopathy

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What is Naturopathy

Monsignor Sebastian Kneipp

Monsignor Sebastian Kneipp, 1821–1897

Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a system of medicine based on the healing power of nature and seeks to use the natural healing powers of the body to cure itself.

Naturopathy is a holistic system, meaning that naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) or naturopathic medical doctors (N.M.D.s) strive to treat the cause of a disease rather than the symptoms themselves. Naturopathy addresses the underlying causes of disease and produces lasting effects. Most naturopathic doctors use a variety of therapies and techniques (such as nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture).

A consultation with a naturopathic practitioner typically begins with a lengthy patient interview focusing on lifestyle, medical history, emotional tone, and physical features, as well as physical examination. Naturopathic practitioners can be divided into three groups, naturopathic physicians, traditional naturopaths and other health care providers who offer naturopathic services.

There are two areas of focus in naturopathy

  • one is supporting the body's own healing abilities, and
  • the other is empowering people to make lifestyle changes necessary for the best possible health.

While naturopathic doctors treat both short bouts of illness and chronic conditions, their emphasis is on preventing disease and educating patients.

Naturopathy is a very safe and effective system of healing that may be self-sufficient or can be used as a supporting therapy to complement conventional medical treatment.

The History of Naturopathy

Benedict Lust

Benedict Lust, 1872–1945

Some see the ancient Greek "Father of Medicine", Hippocrates, as the first advocate of naturopathic medicine, before the term existed. The modern practice of naturopathy has its roots in the Nature Cure movement of Europe during the 19th century. In Scotland, Thomas Allinson started advocating his "Hygienic Medicine" in the 1880s, promoting a natural diet and exercise with avoidance of tobacco and overwork.

The term naturopathy was coined in 1895 by John Scheel, and purchased by Benedict Lust, the "Father of U.S. Naturopathy". Lust had been schooled in hydrotherapy and other natural health practices in Germany by Father Sebastian Kneipp; Kneipp sent Lust to the United States to spread his drugless methods. Lust defined naturopathy as a broad discipline rather than a particular method, and included such techniques as hydrotherapy, herbal medicine, and homeopathy, as well as eliminating overeating, tea, coffee, and alcohol. He described the body in spiritual and vitalistic terms with "absolute reliance upon the cosmic forces of man's nature".

In 1901, Lust founded the American School of Naturopathy in New York. In 1902 the original North American Kneipp Societies were discontinued and renamed "Naturopathic Societies". In September 1919 the Naturopathic Society of America was dissolved and Benedict Lust founded the American Naturopathic Association to supplant it. Naturopaths became licensed under naturopathic or drugless practitioner laws in 25 states in the first three decades of the twentieth century. Naturopathy was adopted by many chiropractors, and several schools offered both Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) and Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degrees.



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