The Hippocratic School of Medicine was the first to use the principles of Naturopathy, in around 400 BC. It was Hippocrates who believed in considering the human as a whole while attempting to treat any illness; according to him in order to find out the cause of a particular disease, one should have a holistic approach of every human and use the laws of nature to bring about the cure. Geoffrey Morell and other Naturopaths henceforth have always maintained this approach towards all their patients.
Naturopathy thus, derives its theories from this old school of thought. The naturopaths use a range of alternative methods and diagnose the problem successfully. They are quite adept in being able to identify the predisposition in the body, much before the acute illness strikes the body, and helps the patient bring about a drastic change in their lifestyle. The primary values of this therapeutic process are as follows:
- Nature’s healing power – This method of treatment believes that nature possesses the ability to heal the human body.
- Identification of the cause and treating it – any ailment whether physical or mental has to have an underlying reason working behind. It is this reason or cause that needs to be identified and treated accordingly.
- Causing no harm – According to Geoffrey Morrel ,the curative process of Naturopathy maintains the ideology that no other harms should be brought to body in the bid to treat one discomfort. It is thus obvious that Naturopathy does not have any kind of side effect that will harm the body in any way.
- Holistic approach – Whenever a naturopath begins to chalk out the treatment procedure of an individual he remembers to consider all aspects of the patient’s body.
- Teaching the patient – The naturopath acts a teacher to a patient during the treatment process. Along with the instructions pertaining to the treatment plan, he teaches the patient how to manage his/her own body in a proper way so that it can function optimally. The patient is taught how to take the responsibility of his/her own body so that it becomes strong enough to be able to fight all sorts of diseases.
- Prevention is better than cure – This is an age old proverb, yet it is effective even to this day. There is nothing better than to be able to prevent any damage from occurring than to have to cure it. The curing process is more often than not a cumbersome one, no matter in which every category of life you may consider. It is thus; always better to lead a disciplined lifestyle. A naturopath helps his patient to achieve this by removing the presence of any toxic substance that might be there in the life of the patient. This is done in order to cut the problem as its roots; i.e. preventing the onset of any further disease at all.
The fundamental principle of Naturopathy lies in the ultimate belief of the healing power of nature, from the time when its founder Hippocrates said; “Health is the harmonious balance between various components man’s nature…”