Naturopathy and Medicine Working Together.
Modern medicine is defined as The Science of Healing embracing the practice of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and the promotion of health.
Naturopathy is defined as a system of health-orientated medicine which stresses maintenance of health and prevention of disease .
Naturopathic Philosophy. Vis Medicatrix Naturae - the healing power of nature.
The key cornerstone in practising Naturopathic medicine is the absolute and unshakable belief in the ability of the body TO HEAL ITSELF , providing it is given an opportunity based on all the parameters determining that individuals life. It must be acknowledged that there are many individuals whose medical needs have outstripped their body's capacity to self-heal and require in some cases, aggressive mainstream medical intervention. However, even if that is the case , the individual can still be encouraged to take responsibility for providing some simple basic needs such as good nutrition , exercise and reducing destructive habits.
Naturopathic treatment asks the patient to be far more proactively involved in their own healing process . It is asking for a greater degree of cooperation, commitment and responsibility. After all, without a certain level of mental determination from the patient , it is the equivalent of driving with your eyes shut.
Naturopathic medicine is 'vitalistic' in its approach meaning that life is much more than the collective sum of biochemical processes, and the body is believed to have an innate intelligence that is always striving for health. VITALISM embodies the notion that SYMPTOMS ARE NOT CAUSED BY THE DISEASE but rather that the individual's body ( IMMUNE SYSTEM) is not functioning to its maximum capacity due to poor nutrition, inadequate exercise and and any other number of agents associated with an unhealthy life style. In effect, SYMPTOMS are manifestations of the body's attempts to make the best of its situation which are being determined by the person's choice of how they have chosen to live.
This may sound a little radical but fundamentally there is a modicum of truth in all of this.
Sadly, the world we live in is not ideal, and yes there are so many issues that are beyond our control such as pollution and contamination from a multitude of agents, but each an every one of us is as much a part of what is currently happening at present and that we all need to make a positive contribution by adopting a more conscientious role in helping ourselves which ultimately will improve the future for all those generations yet to come.
Naturopathy and modern Medicine need to accommodate each others principles to readdress the imbalances in global health today.