Naturopathy Explained – Herbology [Part 3 of 7]


Naturopathy Explained - Herbology Photo - Salvatore Di Liello, N.D. - Naturopathic Doctor

The Science of Herbology

Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, perhaps existing even prior to humankind. There is evidence of schools of herbalists in ancient Egypt dating as far back as 3,000 B.C.

Plants have been fundamental not only for medicinal purposes but also for culinary and cosmetic uses. They are so essential in fact that we probably would not have survived without them. Interestingly enough, “herbal medicine ” or more precisely “botanical medicine”, including not just herbs but also trees and shrubs, was in reality the precursor to today’s pharmaceuticals. The major difference is that herbalism when used properly is much safer and gentler on our body than pharmaceutical drugs as they do not cause side effects.

All living things have “vital energy”. The vital energy of a plant is found within its different parts depending on the seasons. In the spring it is within the new leaves and buds while during the summer within the fruit and blossoms. In the fall and winter the vital energy moves to the roots. Harvesting for medicinal purposes must follow these seasonal guidelines in order to produce the herbal remedies.

Herbs Generally have 3 Functions:

  1. Eliminating & Detoxifying – laxatives, diuretics, diaphoretics and blood purifiers.
  2. Maintaining – herbs that counteract physical symptoms allowing the body to heal itself.
  3. Building – herbs that tone the organs. The first stage is usually to eliminate, removing the toxins that are both a physical cause and a result of the disease.

Examples of Commonly Used Botanical Remedies Include:

  • Garlic -Allium Sativum – containing allicin the active constituent that has been scientifically proven to lower blood serum cholesterol levels.
  • Purple Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea – containing echinacin the active constituent that has been proven to show evidence of interferon-like activity protecting cells against viruses such as influenza and canker sores.
  • Goldenseal root – Hydrastis Canadensis –its active constituents include hydrastine and berberine both known as effective antibiotics and vasoconstrictors.

Remember that in the end, all healing comes from within and the body heals itself. Even natural remedies may be inappropriate if they are not accompanied by a positive attitude of wellness. Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching wrote, “A person will get well when he is tired of being sick”.

Every herb contains hundreds of biochemical constituents that may affect the body. It is always recommended to consult with your primary healthcare practitioner to check for any contraindications and for any drug interactions prior to taking herbs.

This article is Part 3 of 7 in a series explaining the various sub-categories within Naturopathy – more articles to come soon! In the meantime, you can review previously published articles Part 1 of 7 and Part 2 of 7. Stay tuned to read more about the individual methodologies behind this safe, effective, natural approach to managing your everyday health!

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Naturopathy Explained – Homeopthy [Part 2 of 7]


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Homeopathy is one of the most widely practiced branches of holistic medicine. According to a survey of the National Center for Health, almost 83 million U.S. adults in 2007 spent $33.9 billion out of pocket on complementary and alternative medicine, $2.9 billion was spent on homeopathic self-care and $167 million was spent on visits to homeopathic practitioners.

Homeopathy is holistic because it truly covers not only the physical symptoms but also the emotional and mental aspect of the individual. Most of its popularity is due to the safe, non-toxic, inexpensive and effective homeopathic remedies. Most remedies are easily available as non-prescription and over-the-counter with the exception of some of the higher potencies and tinctures that are usually given under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner familiar with homeopathy. It has been used for centuries by millions of people worldwide. The key principles of homeopathy can be derived from the Greek words “Homeo” meaning “similar” and “Pathos” meaning “suffering”. This was coined by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician born in 1755, who is now recognized as the “Father of Homeopathy”.

What makes homeopathy very unique is that it is patient-specific rather than disease-specific. Therefore, many different remedies can be used to alleviate a particular symptom such as a headache or sore throat since each individual is likely to show a different picture of the totality of symptoms. The principle that “like cures like’ or Similia Similibus Curentur and the “Law of Similars” affirms that a substance which in large doses causes symptoms or problems in a healthy human being, in a small homeopathic dose will stimulate the body’s vital force enough to alleviate or cure those symptoms in a sick human being.

The vital force or Qi, as it is often referred to in Chinese, is animated energy that is found in the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms. As with all living things, the vital force enters at the moment of conception and remains with us until the last breath before death. This vital force gives birth to the philosophy of “vitalism” where energy is needed to maintain a balance between health and disease. It keeps the body continuously built up when in harmony and destructive when out of balance.

Homeopathic remedies are prepared from plants, animals, minerals and nosodes (from diseased tissue) and are made in accordance to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPSU) and are recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Homeopathic remedies are made with a process in which they are diluted and succussed (shaken vigorously) or triturated (grind very fine). Often a number is followed by a “C” or an “X” on the homeopathic remedies. The number, (i.e. 6C or 30X) designates the number of times that this remedy has been diluted and succussed. The letter, on the other hand, represents the Roman numerals C centesimal or X decimal meaning that a dilution is made on a ratio 1 to 99 (1 part remedy 99 parts alcohol or lactose) or 1 to 9 (1 part remedy 9 parts alcohol or lactose) respectively.

When taking homeopathic remedies remember the following: non liquid remedies (pellets) are usually poured from the bottle into the cap and taken sublingually, under the tongue, so they can rapidly be absorbed into the bloodstream. Avoid touching the remedies with your hands and do not put extra remedies back in the bottle if they have been touched. This assures that the rest of the bottle does not get contaminated. In order not to antidote the remedy, do not take it within 30 minutes of having coffee, mints (including toothpaste, mouthwash) and keep it away from strong perfumes and other products like camphor, eucalyptus, Vicks™, Tiger Balm™, etc. A dose is usually 3-4 pellets. Note that the size of the pellets does not indicate their potency since it is about the energy that the remedy carries not the actual size of the pellets.

This article is Part 2 of 7 in a series explaining the various sub-categories within Naturopathy – more articles to come soon! In the meantime, you can review the first previously published article Part 1 of 7. Stay tuned to read more about the individual methodologies behind this safe, effective, natural approach to managing your everyday health!

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Naturopathy Explained [Part 1 of 7]


Naturopathy Explained - Naturopathy Photo - Salvatore Di Liello, N.D. - Naturopathic DoctorWhat is Naturopathy?

“Naturopathy is the mother, all-inclusive, of natural therapy. It is the basic platform for all methods of healing: without it any healing art will be a failure.”

– Benedict Lust (1875-1945)
The German physician who coined the term “Naturopathy

Unlike orthodox medicine, naturopathy looks not at the disease but at the whole individual. It is a holistic practice where the individual’s body, mind, emotion and spirit are taken into consideration.

A Brief History

Prior to Dr. Lust, as far back as Hippocrates, the belief that “Nature is the healer of all diseases” has always existed. For centuries these practitioners were known as “Nature Cure Doctors” or Drugless Doctors”.

Throughout history, as medicine and science became more and more popular and accepted, many Nature Cure Doctors separated from the current medical community. They realized that standard orthodox medicine had limitations and could not effectively cure the same illnesses they were seeing.

Naturopathy – How it Works and What to Expect

Naturopathic doctors tailor the various healing modalities to the needs of the individuals, using methods that are effective, natural and, when properly administered, safe for both chronic and acute conditions.

Naturopathic doctors are trained in various modalities including nutrition, herbology, homeopathy, iridology and hydrotherapy in addition to many others. They are not Medical Doctors (M.D.) are not involved in the practice of medicine and do not use or prescribe drugs or pharmaceuticals, nor do they perform surgery. They promote health through education and non-invasive natural means.

Their focus is on the prevention of illness with the ultimate goal of achieving wellness. An initial consultation with a naturopath usually lasts 60-90 minutes and in addition to standard medical history other information such as diet, life style and stress level will be gathered. This will then be used to determine a course of action for the client to follow consistent with traditional naturopathic philosophy.

Naturopathic doctors focus on the whole person. They are aware that a person can suffer from a physical, emotional or spiritual condition. The naturopathic doctor will choose the appropriate therapy to address whatever type of problem the client is experiencing.

This article is Part 1 of 7 in a series explaining the various sub-categories within Naturopathy. Please stay tuned to read more about the individual methodologies behind this safe, effective, natural approach to managing your everyday health!

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