A naturopathic doctor blends modern, state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and research with ancient and traditional methods. These doctors, like Robert Galarowicz who services the New York area, represent a thoroughly rational, evenhanded balance of tradition, science and respect for nature, mind, body and spirit.
Coined in 1892 to describe a fast-growing system of natural therapeutics, the term “naturopathy” was created. It was also in response to the increasing disillusionment of physicians and patients existing with the toxic and ineffective methods of the so-called heroic age of medicine.
Naturopathic, like mainstream medicine, originated from Hippocrates and the traditional and indigenous medicines of the world; in Germany, around mid-1800’s, it became a real profession. In 1896, the practice of naturopathy was brought to America by Dr. Benedict Lust, who established the first naturopathic college, the Yungborn Health Institute in New Jersey.
Over the centuries, there have been two schools of thought, something described clearly in the book, The Mirage of Health, are symbolized by two Greek mythological characters. Here, author Rene Dubois writes,
“The myths of Hygieia and Asclepius symbolize the never-ending oscillation between two different points of view in medicine. For the worshippers of Hygieia, health is the natural order of things, a positive attribute to which men are entitled if they govern their lives wisely. According to them, the most important function of medicine is to discover and teach the natural laws which will ensure a man a healthy mind in a healthy body. More skeptical or wiser in the ways of the world, the followers of Asclepius believe that the chief role of the physician is to treat disease, to restore health by correcting any imperfections caused by the accidents of birth or life.”
Naturopathic medicine seeks to unite the two schools of thought. Naturopathic medicine and doctors has enjoyed a kind of rebirth in the last quarter of the twentieth century due to a growing consumer movement to solve the health care crises with the common sense approach of prevention, wellness and respect for nature’s inherent healing ability.
The attraction of naturopathy is due to its varied treatments which can range from constitutional hydrotherapy and homeopathy, to more traditional in the Western view of health care, including proper nutrition and botanical medicine.
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