The Principles of Naturopathy
May 19, 2012
Seemingly simple in design, the Principles of Naturopathy image shown here represents concepts that have significant implications for our health. Together these four concepts forge a synergistic alliance.
The concept of synergy was first expounded upon by Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome. He defined synergy as “the behavior of whole systems unpredicted by the behavior of their parts”. He considered synergy to be a basic principle of all interactive systems, and this applies directly to Naturopathy.
The graphic here represents four core concepts of Naturopathy. Using these concepts as the foundation for treatment helps bring the body back to homeostasis, a state of balance. By providing needed nutrients, the body can utilize its capacity to address stressors that create pressure to pull the body out of balance. The innate wisdom of the body can restore health. Naturopathy acknowledges the powerful and often untapped ability of the body to heal itself.
Do No Harm
The first of these principles is to first do no harm. By providing nutrients, not drugs or other treatments, the body has what it needs to re-establish the health of the individual without any ‘cost’. The ‘cost’ in this case is a negative impact on the person from the treatment modality itself, i.e., side effects from pharmaceutical drugs.
Find the Cause
The second principle is to find the cause of the health concern. To accurately select the correct course of treatment the specific cause must be determined. If this is not done, the result may be merely treating symptoms. This can result in a delay in pursuing the most effective course of treatment.
Treat the Whole Person
Thirdly, treat the whole person. Treatments solely focused on symptom relief may not address all the factors as they relate to the core issues. In addition to physical signs of disease there are others, including emotional concerns. There may also be contributing factors that are centered in an area of the body that at first might seem unrelated to the issue at hand.
Utilize the Healing Power of Nature
The fourth principle is to honor the immense healing power of nature. This healing power exists in each person, and is also found in the gifts provided by nature as the nutrients in our foods. Again, given the essential nutrients, our bodies can perform a virtually limitless range of healing functions.
Michael’s® Naturopathic Programs incorporates the basic tenets of “The Principles of Naturopathy”. This is reflected in their consistent effectiveness over time.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.