Simona Rahav N.D
Nutrition and Health
A bit about Naturopathy
An alternative treatment method that aspires to heal the individual by encouraging his body's healing mechanisms to work. It does so with the help of nutrition, medicinal plants, essential oils est. Naturopathy is a holistic approach that combines modern science knowledge with natural and traditional medicine and pays great attention to the body-mind connection.
The term "Naturopathy" was coined in 1895 by John Scheel as a derivative of the word "nature". Benedict Lust, the "father of U.S. naturopathy" bought the term from Scheel and in 1901 founded the American School of Naturopathy in New York. Naturopaths became licensed under naturopathic or drugless practitioner laws in 25 states in the first three decades of the twentieth century.
Naturopathy derives from alternative medicines of the 18th and 19th centuries but roots to its philosophy can be found even in Hypocrites medical school (the "father" of modern medicine). He believed that "healing lies within nature itself" and from his famous phrase ""Vis Medicatrix Naturae" (the healing power of nature) we can conclude that he believed that the body is capable of self-healing. Proof of this can also be found in his known saying "let your foodstuff be your medicines and your medicines be your foodstuff".
The Naturopathic doctor acts as an assistant to the body in its gentle healing processes. When an individual is sick with a disease that the body cannot overcome, the Naturopathic doctor assists the body by removing obstacles such as infection, unhealthy food et cetera. His tools are nutrition, medicinal plants, supplements and essential oils.