Naturopathy maintains a liking with the father of western medicine namely; “Hippocrates” and medical practices of ancient Egypt which follows the natural healing philosophy by using the healing power of nature through incorporating food, air, light, water, and herbs to prevent and cure disease. The natural healing philosophy has been traced as far back to an Austrian Silesian farmer namely; Vincenz Priessntz (1791-1851) where he saw that injured animals regularly resorted to streams of cold water and realised when they came out they were better, from this point he presumed that cold water was nature’s cure.
Vincenz then tested his theory on himself and fellow village people commencing from sprains and bruises, then cholera and diseases of the heart, lungs, kidney, liver, and brain. From then he created a group of spa’s around Europe where it grew into therapeutic communities and through this naturopathic practices of today can offer a broad selection of alternative therapies such as herbal medicines, mineral therapies, flower essences, massage therapy, nutritional supplementation, diet and lifestyle support following the healing power of nature philosophy as a preventative and rehabilitative treatments as opposed to antidotes to particular diseases to treat the whole person and restore homeostasis.
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