What is naturopathy ?
Naturopathy is a traditional medicine recognized by the WHO (World Health Organization) in 2001 that uses all the means that nature provides us with in order to maintain an optimal state of health. It takes into consideration the human being as a whole, both on the body and on the mind, in order to fulfill its double mission :
- To treat a disease or a health problem already present.
- To prevent health problems by acting on the still reversible imbalances of a disease before it settles permanently in our body.
Naturopathy aims to use natural methods to train and stimulate the body to heal itself.
The main principles of naturopathy
Naturopathy is based on 7 immutable principles. They are to be taken into consideration to regain and maintain optimal health :
- Primum non nocere
First, do no harm. This principle of prudence is essential according to Hippocrates and in this sense naturopathy wishes to remain in a virtuous approach. The role of the naturopath is to accompany the patient with his symptoms. The patient is at the center of his care and the practitioner is only the guide to accompany him.
- Vix medicatrix naturae
Naturopathy wishes to represent a medicine to heal oneself naturally by helping the organism to correct its imbalances and find its natural processes so that it heals itself and remains in perfect health.
- Tolle causam :
To treat the cause. Naturopathy does not want to be satisfied with treating the symptoms while this does not solve in any case the original health problem, it aims to treat the imbalances of the body on all levels : biological, psychological, environmental...
- Docere :
To teach. Naturopathy is based on the transmission of knowledge. This knowledge does not belong to anyone and the principle is to disseminate this quality information to as many people as possible. The naturopath intends here to accompany the patient in a will of improvement of the habits of life by the learning of the functioning of its body and how to take care of it naturally with personalized measures of hygiene and dietetics.
- Home totus, Tolle totum :
Considering man in his totality. Naturopathy is holistic, it wishes to take into consideration the man in his totality as well on the body as on the spirit. Indeed, the body and the mind interact together in a harmonious relationship. Why take care of only one part of this relationship to treat or prevent human health ?
- Deinde purgare :
Drain, detoxify. The body is the receptacle of the world around it. Like a sponge, it will absorb toxins and pollutants from the environment. Thanks to the liver and kidneys, the body will succeed in compensating for all kinds of excesses, until the day it says : STOP. It will then be anarchy, the functioning will be broken and the imbalances will be out of control. Drain and detoxify the body is to allow a reset of excesses, is to return under a zone of harmony and control.
- Praevenire :
Prevent. In naturopathy, prevention is the key word of the treatment. Prevention allows us to act and correct the imbalances in the body before a health problem develops.
The main techniques of naturopathy
Naturopathy has many resources to act naturally on the state of health. It has 5 essential care techniques that can be combined to obtain a synergy of action and a personalized response according to the problem and the patient :
Nutrition is a therapeutic technique that aims to "treat through food", which corresponds to nutritherapy. It aims to establish a balanced diet adapted to the patient's needs, adding food supplements if necessary.
- Physical activity
The naturopath can also propose measures adapted to the patient to help him stay in good health by maintaining his physical form.
Also called "Herbalism", phytotherapy is a discipline of naturopathy that consists in using medicinal plants to treat or relieve ailments.
To learn more, see our article : "Phytotherapy : what is it ?".
Aromatherapy is used to extract aromatic compounds from plants and capture them in an oil by distillation. It can prevent and relieve certain disorders and provide well-being and soothe the user.
To learn more, see our article : "Aromatherapy : what is it ?".
Homeopathy is an alternative medicine based on the principle of "healing by the similar" which means that a high dose of an active substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person could cure those same symptoms in a sick person with a small amount of administration.
To learn more about it, see our article : "Homeopathy : what is it ?".
The benefits of naturopathy
Naturopathy allows to act on various disorders, while remaining complementary to classical medicine. It acts effectively against many pathologies : weight gain, osteoarthritis, respiratory disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, tobacco addiction, premenstrual cycle symptoms...