Naturopathic medicine was established in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and has its origins in the Nature Cure movement of Europe. The term was coined in 1895 by John Scheel and popularized by Benedict Lust, the “father of U.S. naturopathy.” Naturopathic philosophy favors a holistic approach and minimal use of surgery and drugs.
Naturopathy comprises many different treatment modalities. The naturopathic physician uses gentle methods to boost the body’s vital ability to heal and maintain itself, including nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, proper diet, and exercise to restore health. The doctor works with the patient to educate him or her on ways to restore and maintain a healthy balance in the internal environment that will prevent further illness.