Hippocrates in 400 BC was the first to formulate concept of “healing power of nature”. Naturopathy has been around for centuries and is the foundation of our modern medicine. It’s also the core of medicine around the world which integrates into different categories as botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, acupuncture, lifestyle counselling and more.
After the Second World War due to growth of pharmaceutical industry, medicine focused on surgical techniques, antibiotics and prescription medication. Naturopathic medicine lost ground after that up until 20 years ago. In recent decades, people grew a desire to take more control of their health and turned to natural methods of health care. Naturopathic services have been on increased demand for people who want to improve their health, cope with stress and avoid illness.
Naturopathic medicine is a health care approach which blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The goal is to stimulate body’s natural healing power to treat root causes of diseases. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and lifestyle habits.
Currently, naturopathic profession is well positioned in health care, with more emerging research which supports therapies used by naturopathic doctors.