The belief in the healing power of nature is one of the core principles of Naturopathy.
This healing power is an inherent, self-organizing, ordered healing process of ALL living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. There are natural laws surrounding life, health and disease. These laws involve living in harmony with nature and recognizing the wisdom of the body to heal itself.
The role of naturopathic practitioners is to support, facilitate and augment this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery, and by supporting the creation of both a healthy internal and external environment.
In the western medical system, the doctor’s knowledge is intended to supersede the disease process whereas naturopathy does not do battle with disease.
Symptoms are the manifestation of the body's attempt to defend and heal itself.
For example vomiting and diarrhea can be the body’s attempt to recover from ingestion of a poison. When the root cause of symptoms and the obstacles preventing or disrupting healing are identified and addressed the body initiates the healing process without any outside help.
The domestic dog as we know it today, has evolved with nature over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. Dogs have not evolved in veterinary clinics or using pharmaceuticals. Instead, they evolved to survive through the grace and abundance of natural resources that made up their living environment, just as man and all other animals have.
Abide by the Laws of Health, provide the natural resources, environment and living conditions that each species needs and their health will thrive!
As medical systems, allopathy and naturopathy have opposing principles and use very different approaches. Just like you can’t be both a liberal and a conservative due to the conflicting standpoints, you similarly cannot subscribe to the principles of both allopathy and naturopathy. The core of your beliefs will place you in one camp or the other.
Conventional or allopathic medicine is the dominant medical model that most of us will be familiar with both in human and animal care. Conventional medicine primarily relies on pharmacological drugs and surgery to suppress symptoms that manifest from disease processes.
The basic principle of allopathy is to oppose the symptom or disease. "The term 'allopathy' was invented by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, he joined the words allos 'opposite' and pathos 'suffering' as a reference to harsh medical practices of his era which included bleeding, purging, vomiting and the administration of highly toxic drugs. The treatment of opposites simply means finding the symptom, for example incessant itching, then drugs are used to disrupt the disease process that is resulting in the itching. The original cause of the itching has not been addressed, but the symptom has been suppressed, offering symptomatic relief to the animal.
Author - Jennifer Lee
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