Nov 17, 2009Natural Healing Wisdom and Know-How (Amy Rost) NOTES|| N A T U R O P A T H Y ||**Introduction:A core aspect of this philosophy is that treatment must be individualized to meetthe needs of a particular patient. Treat the disease by treating the person.Naturopathic medical students study all of the medical sciences, includingclinical and physical diagnosis, pathology, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, andpharmacology. They focus their art on counseling, nutrition, exercisetherapeutics, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy and physical therapies.A naturopathic doctor differs from other physicians only in how s/he treats thediagnosed illness and in what s/he does with the information gathered.**Naturopathic Medical Philosophy:Vis medicatrix naturae: The Healing Power of NatureBoth our human bodies and the earth's body have an innate wisdom that governs thecycles of birth, growth, maturation, and decay. Bodily health is supported bymoving and living in harmony with these natural cycles.Health is a result of balance which may be maintaned by what appear to bedestructive forces - fever and inflammation that restore the vitality of ourbodies.Tolle Causum: Identify and Treat the CauseInformed healthcare means learning to listen to the body and its early warningsigns. Body symptoms are markers of shifts and changes in the life processes.Symptoms are the result of the body's trying to rebalance itself.Chinese medicine refers to the treatment principles of [ben] and [biao] the"roots" and "branches" of disease. The skillful physician learns to differentiatebetween the deep seated causes and the peripheral manifestations of a disease. "Totreat a disease, find the root.""First Do No Harm"Rebalance the body with the least invasive treatments possible - dietary changesand hydrotherapy to start. Simple treatments should be considered before surgeriesor expensive medicines. This also includes implementing treatments that nourishand strengthen the body. For example, the Chinese often drink special teas and eatcertain foods at the change of each season to prepare the body for newenvironmental conditions.Doctor as Teacher: Docere - To TeachThe physician's primary function is to provide information, thus empowering peopleto regulate their own health. The physician serves as a source of information foremergencies or as a coach for reaching even higher levels of health.Many people continue to operate in a paradigm engendered by the conventionalmedical system: "I'm hurting. Give me a pill to take away the pain so I cancontinue on with my life." Sometimes the patient's lifestyle is the cause of thepain. Not all patients are interested in health or empowerment. For such patients,drugs and surgery may be valid choices.