Naturopathy is a natural healing technique using the healing powers of nature. Sometimes referred to as “natural medicine,” naturopathy goes back thousands of years, drawing on the healing wisdom of many cultures. This includes Indian (Ayurvedic), Chinese (Taoist), Greek (Hippocratic), Arabian, Egyptian, and European (monastic medicine) traditions.
Hippocrates, a Greek physician who lived 2,400 years ago, is often considered the earliest predecessor of Naturopathic physicians. Particularly because of his teachings “Nature is the healer of all diseases” and his formulation of the concept Vis Medicatrix Naturae — “The Healing Power of Nature.”
This idea has long been at the core of indigenous medicine in many cultures around the world and remains one of the central themes of Naturopathic Philosophy.