Natural medicine

Natural medicine is the study of the treatment and prevention of diseases using natural and remedies from the natural environment.

These include the physical stimuli such as light, air, heat and cold, movement and rest, but also forms of nutrition and natural and herbal active ingredients (phytotherapy). Psychological and social influences which are plumbed in discussion and advice on lifestyle are just as important.

Naturopathy is often confused with homeopathy. But in fact, natural healing is an umbrella term for various methods of treatment, which draw on natural resources, to treat disease or to bring about an improvement of Allgemeinbefindens.

Some are also aspects of traditional Chinese medicine or included from the Ayurveda treatment.


Naturopathy was built on the foundations of the national medicine, and was refined with scientific methods. Homeopathy is usually counted not to naturopathy; It forms its own system, which was developed on a completely different basis of the similarity rule and the exponentiation of active substances. Naturopath rely on physical stimuli (light, air, heat, cold, movement/rest) and plant ingredients.

Coined the term naturopathy immediately by the physician Lorenz in 1848. The traditional naturopathy, as she for example the medical layman Pastor Sebastian tested Kneipp to itself, is based on five pillars:

  • Phytotherapy: Use of plant active substances for the treatment of diseases and health disorders
  • Hydrotherapy: Kneipp water applications developed for thermal and cold stimulation of organism
  • Movement Therapy: active physical activity, such as walking or gymnastics, improving circulatory
  • Nutritional therapy: Support of treatments through a full, natural diet and the clinical picture customized diet
  • Regulation therapy: balanced lifestyle at regular intervals and in accordance with nature

This typical form of natural healing, one speaks also of classic naturopathy.

Self-healing powers

One of the basic thoughts in naturopathy, is relying on the healing powers of the body, which the body can cure diseases even. As a result of this self-healing, the body reacts with fever or resigns from harmful substances on the skin or gut.

This self-healing powers alone can work and not suppressed or interrupted is crucial for naturopathic treatments.

Body, mind and soul

Naturopath look at not only the disease in patients, but capture him as a unity of body, mind and soul.

Information on natural medicine

The Professional Association of German natural medicine e.V. offers information about naturopathic professions and a lexicon for terms of the naturopathy.

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Book tips:

  • Manual medicine
  • Annette Bopp, Vera Herbst

1344 Pages, Stiftung Warentest, 2010 pharmaceutical knowledge for physicians and lay people. The standard work on the efficacy of medicinal products was extensively revised and expanded in his 8th updated edition to new conditions and 1,100 new preparations. Isgesamt 7,000 prescription drugs were tested and evaluated. The manual shows symptoms and causes of many clinical syndromes, describes agents and interactions and taking notes. Still, characteristics of drug treatment in children, pregnant women and nursing mothers are represented.

Properly even handle

Faber, S., Marzi, C., Meyer, E.-A.

416 Pages, Trias, your manual for a “good recovery”. What helps what complaints? This extensive guide guarantees reliable answers. It conveys a profound knowledge in the fields of medicine, naturopathic methods, homeopathy, and proven home remedy. Maps indications it describes causes, acute treatment, long-term prevention to each clinical picture and presents proven drugs.

  • Poisonous plants. Pflanzengifte
  • Roth, Lutz; Daunderer, Max; Kormann, Kurt

1090 Pages, Nikol Verlagsges., this indispensable guide in acute emergencies and dealing with poisonous plants and Pflanzengiften addressed not only to doctors and professionals, but should be missing in any household. 520 Plant chapter provide an exact overview of the poisonous plants occurring at our, medicinal and aromatic plants: with information on distribution, occurrence, plant characteristics, poisonous plants, main ingredients, toxic effects, therapy, first aid etc. Quick information, addresses of information centres for poisoning cases in Germany, antidotes, hospital therapy, historical overview, legal basis and rules on the marketing of drugs and poisons. The chapter provides detailed information, chemical data, structural formula, therapies, etc. to the various Pflanzengiften Pflanzengifte. Complete articles on important topics of this volume: allergies, thin-layer chromatography of Pflanzengiften, Phykotoxine (toxins from algae), Abwehrstoffen in crops and their impact.

Self medication

672 Pages, Stiftung Warentest, the new edition – greatly expanded. All about the effectiveness and safe use of most important non-prescription medicines for over 70 diseases. A promising self treatments with drugs, such as cold, fever or diarrhea, requires knowledge that few people have. Our highly advanced standard work shows possibilities and limitations of self treatment: detailed and understandable descriptions of active substances and preparations with review, notes to minor, and interactions, application recommendations, special considerations for the treatment of children, pregnant women and elderly, price comparisons.

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