The science behind
origins, benefits & symbiosis
The term naturopathy would have been introduced by John Scheel in 1885. It comes from the Latin natura, "nature, essence" and Greek πάθος, pathos, "disease, evil". Given the unusual etymology of the term (it could indeed be read as "the disease of nature"), some promoters of this practice gave it another origin, the "path of nature", derived from the English words nature and path, the "path" or "the badly studied according to nature". For the same reasons, other practitioners have chosen the term "naturotherapy" on "Care by nature".
Naturopathy is an unconventional medicine that aims to balance the functioning of the body by means considered "natural": diet, lifestyle, herbal medicine, massages, exercises, etc. It is part of the unconventional approaches that call themselves "holistic".
Although naturopathy seeks to promote self-healing, a study conducted by Canadian researchers in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver on 207 participants for one year shows that "naturopathy is a feasible and potentially effective supplement to usual medical care to reduce the risk of cancer. incidence of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk. "
In an associated editorial, Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, writes that these findings "provide evidence that some aspects of cardiovascular prevention could be delegated to naturopaths. The basic elements of the naturopathic intervention include several recommendations on diet and exercise that individually have been scientifically validated. "
"Naturopathy is the fundamental science encompassing the study, knowledge, teaching and application of the Laws of Life in order to maintain, recover and optimize health through natural means". Naturopathy is based on the 10 natural health agents based on the principle of the vital energy of the body. Based on a so-called holistic vision, it affirms to apprehend each individual by encompassing the different planes of the human being - physical, emotional, psychic, energetic - and placing it within a socio-cultural and environmental ecology.
Naturopathy relies heavily on self-healing, but with this nuance that the vital force of the person must be sufficient to provoke it. The main pole of action of the naturopath is drainage, both "psychoemotional" and physiological and humoral (moods are physiological fluids circulating in the body: serum, blood and lymph).
But the true field of action of naturopathy is the prevention, by the adoption of a set of natural techniques allowing to follow a better hygiene of life, for the person who exercises there, and to maintain oneself to such a level of health that said "diseases" have little or no influence over him.
It can find its limits in certain acute conditions that have settled on a poorly prepared ground. In this case, the naturopathic action will consist in inverting or modifying the nature of the terrain. The naturopath will perform a vital, unique and personal assessment, respecting the physical, physiological and psychological characteristics of the patient who will be treated as a whole, thanks to the dialogue initiated by the therapist and his counsel.
Naturopathy is an active approach that directly involves the subject and considers him as the actor of his health.
The 5 principles of naturopathy from Hippocrates' conceptions are:
PRIMUM NON NOCERE
first, do not harm
nature is healing
identify and treat the cause
detoxify and purify the body