Naturopathic medicine is an complete holistic medical system that focuses on functional diagnostic techniques and uses natural approaches to stimulate the body's internal healing response. Naturopathic philosophy favors a holistic approach and minimal use of surgery and drugs.
Naturopathy has its origins in the Nature Cure movement of Europe. The term was coined in 1895 by John Scheel and popularized by Benedict Lust, the "father of U.S. naturopathy".
Naturopathy is practiced in many countries, especially the United States and Canada, and is subject to different standards of regulation. In the United States and Canada, the designation of Naturopathic Doctor (ND) may be awarded after completion of a program of study at an accredited Naturopathic medical school that includes the study of basic medical sciences as well as natural remedies and medical care. The scope of practice varies widely between jurisdictions. In New Jersey, Naturopathy is extremely limited in it's scope of practice.
In most of Europe, naturopathic medicine is practiced and researched among BOTH holistic practitioners and conventional MD's. There is an enormous amount of ongoing evidence based scientific research in Europe and throughout most of the world. Much of the methods and therapies have yet to be FDA approved (like many medications and medical devices), they have shown to be highly effective and safe with little or no side effects. Today all one has to do it dig a little on the interment to find such studies and the results speak for themselves.
"The highest duty of the modern health professional is to SAFELY manage health risk. Treating symptoms of disease rather than the patient as a whole person has little (if any) long-term benefits to those pateints..." -Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND
Naturopathy believes that health cannot be obtained by taking drugs and by undergoing "routine" surgical procedures. These conventional approached have their place in emergency medicine and symptom control, but do not promote health....they treat disease. As Naturopath's our objectives are to help promote health and wellness though diet, exercise, supplementation, holistic therapies, meditation, lifestyle management. Health is the result of being responsible for one's own health and through the daily practice of healthy living.
Each of use are born with certain physiological strengths and weaknesses. As health professionals we identify these weaknesses. We help our patients manage health risks, rather than blindly chasing symptoms. Identification and education of these core strengths and weaknesses are critical to long-term health maintenance.
In addition to constructional weaknesses, our diets, exercise habits, working and living environment, hobbies, stress levels, etc. all can affect how well our bodies function. By taking a complete inventory of ALL the potential risk factors in and about your lifestyle we can help each person understand how various forms of stress effects their body and once again, manage health risks.
In essence we help you to create a personalized health "Owner's Manual" in which you are deeply familiar with your body, how it works and how it responds to internal (mental and emotional stress) and external (environment, pollution, foods, chemicals) stress factors. The key to good heath is knowing your body and managing the areas of weakness. This has been the secrets of longevity among ancient cultures for thousands of years.