The word naturopathy comes from Greek and Latin and literally translates as "nature disease."
A core belief in naturopathy is that nature has a healing influence (a principle called vis medicatrix naturae). Another belief is that the human body has the power to sustain or revisit a state of equilibrium and health, and to heal themselves. Naturopaths prefer to use treatment methods that they deem to be the most natural and least invasive.
Naturopathy was named and popularized in the United States by Benedict Lust, who was born in Germany in the late 1800s. When Lust became seriously ill with what he believed was tuberculosis, he was treated by a priest and healer in Germany named Sebastian Kneipp. Kneipp's treatment was based on various natural healing approaches and philosophies that were popular in Europe.
All living things have an innate ability to heal themselves. Our vital force promotes self-cleansing, self-repair, and of course self-healing. This process can be achieved by focusing on the nervous, hormonal, immune, and detoxification/elimination systems of the body. Once these systems are in balance, well-being is the natural state of being again.
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