“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
A traditional, classical naturopath specializes in wellness: teaching clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can facilitate the body’s own natural healing and health-building potential. The traditional naturopath does not undertake to “diagnose” or “treat” diseases, but rather recognizes that the majority of sub-health conditions result from cumulative lifestyle factors. The underlying cause of what we call “disease” (or “dis-ease”) is improper diet, unhealthy habits, and environmental factors which cause biological imbalances, weakening the body’s natural defenses and causing a subsequent breakdown in health.
Traditional naturopaths guide and teach their clients in natural health approaches such as fasting and detoxification, dietary improvements, the use of herbs, hot baths, aromatherapy, exercise, rest, sunshine, and many other natural health modalities.
Please note: The practice of Traditional Naturopathy is not considered the practice of medicine. It is currently legal in all 50 states, except South Carolina and Tennessee. It is recognized as a common occupation at the Federal level (U.S. Congress 1928, 1929, 1930 and 30 Federal Court rulings between 1958 and 1978) and as such it is a profession protected under the 14th and 9th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Several states have also made this stipulation either by statute or in the Courts.
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