The concept of holistic health care, although principled in ancient healing traditions, has gained in popularity since the 1970s. The term “holism,” initially coined by Jan Christian Smuts early in the twentieth century, is defined as “a philosophy that views living organisms as different from, and greater than the sum of their parts.”
Naturopathic medicine is the treatment prescribed in Naturopathy. Naturopathy is a type of treatment offered on the basis of natural elements in and around body. This term was first introduced by John Scheel in the late eighteenth century. Naturopathic believes that a body can be healed and the diseases can be cured through natural and holistic approach. They do not support vaccination and also do not follow the scientific ways of treating somebody. But like other approaches it also tries to avoid surgery and invasive treatments.
“Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well. She exists for no other end. Do not resist. With the least inclination to be well, we should not be sick”. Henry David Thoreau
Naturopathic medicine is based on seven principles:
1. First, do not harm
2. Nature has healing powers
3. Identify and treat the cause
4. Treat the whole person