A 12-Volume Collection on the Origins of Naturopathic Medicine
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1. ORIGINS OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
A historical overview drawn from the Benedict Lust journals published between 1900-1923. These selected articles are of historical significance, setting out the key clinical and professional formation issues that have affected naturopathic doctors to this day.
The naturopathic profession from the very beginning distinguished its medical paradigm through its philosophical approach in the practice of medicine. This book reintroduces insights into how naturopathic pioneers defined their values and ideas.
The six contemporary naturopathic principles began as twelve in 1902. This book helps contemporary naturopaths understand how their principles metamorphosed over time. Such understanding of the roots and evolution of the naturopathic principles is critical for assuring the success and uniqueness of naturopathic medical practice.
This book reintroduces the very best of the clinical practices of the naturopathic pioneers, exploring their modalities and methodology ranging from heliotherapy, Nauheim baths, bloodless and orthopedic surgery, Earth Cure, and water cure right through to botanical medicine and dietetics.
The cornerstone of early naturopathic medicine, this dietetic foundation experienced multiple changes in the early years. Understanding these origins helps us rediscover the basis for many of our contemporary practices and demystifies how they evolved.
The early naturopaths adopted many of the European herbal traditions of Father Sebastian Kneipp and others.They employed herbal medicine for conditions which will surprise the contemporary naturopath. Their work with herbs is the groundwork for the practice of botanical medicine to this day.
7. WATER CURE
This widely effective modality distinguished the naturopaths from the allopaths in the early years. The clinical successes arising from simple water therapies may have languished in contemporary naturopathic medicine; however, this book restores their primacy in the naturopathic tradition and their relevance in the modern era.
8. MENTAL CULTURE
The essence of Naturopathy is teaching and supporting in our patients the cohesive balance of mind – body. Mental Culture was a precursor to contemporary psychology that recognized the vital role of emotions and thoughts in healthy human well-being. Mental Culture explores the theory and clinical practice of this key naturopathic modality as expressed by early Naturopaths.
As contentious today in the healthcare landscape as a century ago, the issue of vaccinations can be contextualized and understood more fully by this review of the early works of naturopathic pioneers. This book provides an excellent framework for understanding the ongoing nature of the controversy and inter-professional conflict. Naturopathic alternatives to vaccination are well documented in this early writing and valuable for the contemporary ND to review.
10. PHYSICAL CULTURE
The precursor to the ubiquitous physical exercise therapies and services of today, physical culture was championed as a main therapeutic tool by the early naturopaths. This compilation reacquaints the contemporary naturopath with its many elements, including breathing, diverse exercise protocols and regimens, focused on an overall commitment to lifestyle enhancement. The basis of physical medicine, physical culture was vital for naturopathic pioneers in health promotion and disease management.
11. CLINICAL PEARLS: Volumes I & II
These two volumes address many of the early naturopathic protocols for their successful treatment of life-threatening diseases and for health promotion. What is remarkable to rediscover is the great confidence the early NDs had in these practice treasures, as useful and powerful today as they were a century ago.