What is Naturopathy: History, Natural Philosophy, Trilogy and Diseases That Treat

Naturally healthy.

It is a holistic therapy that defends and promotes 100% natural treatments, it is, above all, a philosophy of life. Declared as “non-conventional therapy” in 2003, Naturopathy is one of the six alternative medicines currently recognized in many Latin American countries.

Where and when was Naturopathy born?

The German priest Sebastian Kneipp is promoted as a pioneer of Naturopathy, having created, in Germany, a center of the “water cure” – Hydrotherapy – which was successful in several diseases. In turn, it was the German therapist Benedict Lust, who claims to have been healed by Sebastien Kneipp, responsible for the spread of Naturopathy in the Western world, around the year 1892. Despite having emerged only in 1902, the word “medicine “natural” is much older, since it goes back to the Greek word “pathos” and “nature”, which means “disease of nature.”

A natural philosophy

Naturopathy is the study and treatment of diseases, only through natural processes . He advocates an integral vision of man (which is seen and treated as a whole and this includes its characteristics, psychological, social, physical, etc.) that he believes has a total capacity for self-healing. With the help of natural complementary therapies, the body responds through its own mechanisms of defense and rebalancing, triggering a process that leads to a 100% natural cure.

The power of water, the power of air

Naturopathy has two elements of nature – water and air – two cornerstones of prevention and treatment. On the one hand the water due to its known and recognized therapeutic powers, so there are many ways in which they can be used. The use of naturopathic hydrotherapy is extremely beneficial, especially in the treatment of chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia, skin disorders, venous and lymphatic circulation, among others. On the other hand, pure air, besides being essential for our health is, in itself, an excellent therapy for the body. To breathe from the diaphragm, the lungs expand, allowing the movement of large amounts of oxygen in the body and whose effect is very cathartic.

Naturopathy = lifestyle

Seen as a natural way of being and living life, Naturopathic advocates speak of harmful habits – irregular sleep, poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol, using drugs – that lead to the accumulation of toxins in the body. body, which leads to a malfunction and, therefore, to a general malaise, or worse, to the disease. The adoption of new habits, which include a healthy lifestyle (decreased levels of stress and anxiety, cultivating a positive attitude), a balanced diet, the use of sporadic fasts, discovering the importance of breathing, regular practice of physical exercise, time for recreational and leisure activities (preferably outdoors).

What exactly?

It is characterized by a multidisciplinary therapy, Naturopathy is a valid option for men and women of all ages. It is used to treat chronic and acute disorders comprises several pathologies such as anemia, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, bronchitis, candidiasis, migraine headaches, sinusitis, colds, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, menopause, osteoporosis, obesity , skin disorders, digestive disorders, ulcers, constipation, cystitis, irritation of the colon, poor circulation, postoperative recovery, stress and anxiety, among others.

Always talk to your GP before opting for a natural treatment or even if it is to add to an existing treatment.

The trilogy of Naturopathy

Blood of life – our body has a self-balance, healing is the life force capable of coping and recovering from various diseases, that is, (this ability is called “homeostasis”). Naturopathy defines health as the physical, mental and emotionally harmonious state and not the mere absence of pain and / or illness.

Symptoms of the disease – according to Naturopathy, the manifestation of the symptoms of any disease are proof that our process and the natural healing capacity are in motion, that is, the body releases harmful toxins and return to their state naturally healthy However, any symptoms must be followed and treated appropriately.

The holistic and natural treatment – besides being 100% natural, prescribed in Naturopathic treatments are defined taking into account the whole person and is based on three fundamental aspects. Called triad of health that implies: The structural health (bad posture and weakened musculoskeletal system can damage the nervous system and some internal organs); Biochemical health (foods and liquids that we ingest can affect our health in a positive or negative way); Emotional health (stress, anxiety, nerves and all the other emotions that we live every day directly affect our body).

The first consultation

Today there are many clinics or specialists in natural medicine that offer Naturopathicconsultations The goal of naturopathy is to promote healthy mind and healthy body, prevent and treat disease, however, it does it in a different way to conventional medicine – instead of treating the symptoms, look for the root cause of the problem. Therefore it is natural that in the first naturopathic appointment the person of information about various aspects of his life: current state of health, his profession and work rate, diet (what he eats and drinks), how his digestive system, the quality of sleep, if you have an exercise routine, how you spend your free time, how you live the different relationships with co-workers, friends and family.

In addition to this information, the  Naturopath can do a series of medical tests, such as measuring blood pressure, listening to the heart, observing the eyes, ears and throat, among others. It lasts about an hour.


As a result of the consultation with the Naturopath, the prescribed treatment will be done, taking into account everything the patient has mentioned and not only based on their current complaints. The prescribed treatment will always have as main objective to stimulate the natural defenses of the person, which is the appropriate organ to return naturally to work. The various components of the treatment, as well as the amounts and duration are established to act in liaison with the body, correcting what is less well, eliminating toxins and regulating metabolic processes. Therefore, the therapies that a naturopath can advise include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Color Therapy
  • Detox diet / fasting
  • Organic / vegetarian diet
  • Physiotherapy
  • Phytotherapy
  • geoterapia
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Iridología
  • Masoterapia
  • Meditation
  • Music Therapy
  • Oligoterapia
  • Osteopathy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Food Complements
  • Breathing techniques
  • Anthroposophic therapy
  • Terapia Ayurvedic
  • Floral Therapy
  • Vibrational therapy
  • Trofoterapia