Naturopathy and Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathy (natur-AH-path-y) is the art of natural healing. It is rooted in the belief in the body's inherent wisdom to ‘heal oneself.’ Dr. Benedict Lust coined the term ‘naturopathy’ in the late 1800's in America. Naturopathy was the medicine used by a growing profession of doctors and healers who used European and American herbal medicines, homeopathy, physiotherapy, and water cure therapy. Today, the science of Naturopathic Medicine is an ever evolving, vital and holistic system of modern medicine deeply rooted in this historical wisdom. Naturopathic Medicine is an art, a philosophy, a science, and an integral health care practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness using natural, non-toxic, & non-invasive therapies. Naturopathic Physicians must attend a 4-year residential medical school, and are trained in traditional medical sciences and clinical studies as well as in the therapeutic sciences of nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, and hands-on body therapy. Naturopathic physicians use a wide range of natural therapies appropriately chosen specifically for the individual to promote health & wellness.
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