“Naturopathy is a philosophy which encompasses a view of life, a model for living a full life. The word naturopathy is a Latin-Greek hybrid which can be defined as ‘being close to or benefiting from nature.’”
— Stewart Mitchell, Naturopathy: Understanding the Healing Power of Nature
The roots of naturopathy are found in the ancient Greece of Hippocrates, who recognized and wrote about the healing power of nature. As a specific discipline, naturopathy is related to the European nature cure, which evolved during the 19th Century. Begun as a result of observing the healing effects of nature, these methods use fresh air, sunlight, water, diet, exercise and rest to promote health.
Benedict Lust, a German immigrant who is recognized as the father of American naturopathy, first came to the United States in 1892 at age 20. Lust (pronounced “Loost”) initiated a movement that he later named naturopathy, which he described as “first instruction, then inspiration, and ultimately growth.” From the beginning, naturopathy has been deeply concerned with lifestyle.
The basic tenet of naturopathy is that human life is governed by the same self-regulating, self-repairing forces that care for all living things. Its methods are natural in that they utilize readily available resources such as food and water, but do not require specific products. The traditional naturopath, or naturopathic consultant, can assist clients with identifying the improvements in daily lifestyle that would support the body in self-healing.
Here at the Natural Pharmacy, we embrace this philosophy and endeavor to assist you in every way we can - just let us know!