It is a common misconception that the timeline of medical knowledge has gone from natural remedies to modern medicine to a small segment of society looking back to natural remedies again. The reality is that naturopathic medicine has lived hand-in-hand with what we think of as modern medicine for more than a century. The term “naturopathy” is not even new. It was first coined in 1895 by Dr. John Scheel, who used hydrotherapy and natural cures in his medical practice in New York City. Benedict Lust, who is considered the father of U.S. naturopathy, actually purchased the right to use the term from Dr. Scheel. Lust went on to found the American School of Naturopathy in 1901.
Even though naturopathic medicine has been around a long time, the principles have remained the same. As with modern medicine, one is the oft quoted policy of “do no harm.” The goal is to treat the cause using the healing power of nature. It is vital to treat the whole person, and a naturopathic doctor should focus on educating patients about health promotion through prevention.
There are a number of therapies that make up naturopathic medicine, including acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutrition, lifestyle modification, hydrotherapy, and homeopathic treatments. By treating the whole body using a variety of methods, it is possible to restore the body.
At Innisfil Wellness Centre, we believe true wellness can be accomplished by utilizing different modalities. We know that health can only be attained when the causes are addressed, rather than just treating the symptoms. Call us to schedule a consultation to learn more about naturopathic medicine and how it can help you become your best. For your convenience, we offer direct billing to your insurance company.