Our Philosophy:The greatest and the best gift that an individual can bestowed on another is the gift of good health. Attaining the gift of health has been a challenge for many, however, whether we are born in a family with good or faulty genetic constitution, our health is highly dependent on the choices we make. Knowledge of health, the environment we live in, and what we consume plays a greater role in our health than the genes that we have inherited.
For some people, it is easier to blame the lack of good genes for any afflictions that is brought upon the body. Blaming our genes for a dis-ease state, frees us from taking responsibility for our health. Telling people that genes are the cause of their dis-ease gives people a sense that they are inferior to others, they have no control of what dis-ease(s) will ail them and it fosters POWERLESSNESS instead of EMPOWERMENT.
We naturally have the power, the will, the determination and the desire to live (LIKE ALL OTHER ANIMALS) and must come to acknowledge that dis-ease prevention is possible through knowledge, re-programming the mind, self-love and self-awareness.
How much do you value your health?
How much wealth have you missed out on because of failing health?
What use is money to you if you have poor health?
Having good health is a priceless commodity! What price do you have on your health?
Here at U-VALUE-U we value CONSCIOUS HEALING and for that reason we believe in healing without harming.
HEALING WITHOUT HARMING BECAUSE U VALUE U
The Naturopathic Choice
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
In Naturopathic Medicine the provider focuses on the whole client not such the condition or dis-ease that brought the client in to be seen. The major difference between Allopathic Medicine and Naturopathic medicine is that the practitioner focuses on the individual instead of the general symptoms the person has.
Naturopathic doctors work to identify the underlying etiology of pathology and implement natural techniques that will enhance the innate healing power of the body. Naturopathic doctors may incorporate a variety of treatments in their practice: clinical nutrition, exercise, botanical medicine, homeopathy, electro therapy, physical manipulation, hydrotherapy, counseling, among others.
The approaches they incorporate in their practice have been shown to be successful in safely treating a wide range of acute and chronic ailments. Since Naturopathic Medicine works to activate and stimulate the body's own natural healing power, ALL dis-eases can benefit immensely from this form of medicine.
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE: OLD AS NATURE ITSELF
Naturopathy has been around since ancient times and is as archaic as man himself. Naturopathy is not accredited to any one human mind, group of people or culture. The origin of this method of healing is dateless as it is the accumulation of knowledge relating to the natural modes of healing and living for many centuries.
All living creatures, including all animals know and put natural cure into practice base on their instinct, intuition, or gut feelings. The Native Americans, a group close to home, turned to nature for healing during times of illness. They were familiar with many things that are present in nature that possessed healing properties.
Among Aboriginal races the presence of dis-eases were almost unheard of in comparison to the diseases that were/are prevalent in civilized societies. Why is this so? These people were living by the laws of nature.
Similar observations of natural living lifestyle throughout history reveals that in almost every culture were the inhabitants followed the laws of nature, dis-eases were a rarity.
Hippocrates is said to be the father of Naturopathy, however, the inaccuracy of this can be shown. Many centuries before Hippocrates, who is said to have lived in 450 BC, there were many proponents of Naturopathy who were using and living according to the laws of nature.
In India, many Sages and Yogis practiced Naturopathy longed before Hippocrates came on the scene.
In Africa, Imhotep who lived in 2980 B.C. is believed to have practice Naturopathy. It is believed that Imhotep was the Chief Physician to King Zoser and several other "royals" in his time.
Aesculapius/Asclepius a son of the Sun-God who Homer referred to as a "blameless physician" was connected with natural methods of treatment.
Other advocates of Naturopathy were Plato, Aristotle and Paracelsus.
Paracelsus, born in 1493 in Switzerland was a renowned naturalist. He said "it was the book of Nature which I studied, not those of scribblers, for each scribbler writes down the rubbish that may be found in his head".
Another brilliant naturalist writes "Nature's language is not learned in a stinking school atmosphere, not at the corpses in the dissection rooms, nor at the tortured animal in the vivisection laboratories but in Nature herself".
In the Nature Cure philosophy, there are threads of knowledge from Moses, Hippocrates, Paracelsus, teachers, philosophers, physicians and many others.
The history of Naturopathy in the United States involved many renowned names such as Tilden, Lindlar, Graham , Kelloggs and Lust to name a few. Naturopathy was striving in the United States well into the early and the mid part of the 20th century, but, with time its popularity diminished.
The introduction of antibiotics, the power of the pharmaceutical industry, the use of mainstream media, and the quick acceptance of artificial mode of living led to the waning of naturopathic medicine by late mid-century. As Naturopathic Medicine got shoved out of the memory and spotlight of many, Allopathic Medicine, with the aid of the media was pushed on the population as the most acceptable way to treat and maintain health. This unfortunate situation occurred because as a specie many of us never question anything. We blindly place our faith, loyalty and trust in others, we are too quick to relinquish our own responsibilities, and assume too often that someone else is willing to carry our onus.
With the emergence of Allopathic Medicine, some people noted that this type of healing has too many drawbacks: adverse effects, life threatening effects from drugs, astronomical cost that continues to rise steadily, providers are money centered and not client centered, inconsistencies in studies, and not enough studies to know if any given recommendations are effective.
Because of the many drawbacks of allopathic medicine, a small segment of the population have been seeking out alternative/complementary treatment since the latter part of the 20th century to present.
SIX PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINEEven though Naturopathic Practitioners use natural modalities to promote health, what truly set this area of medicine apart are the principles that its foundation is built on:
First Do No Harm – Primum non nocere:
Administer or recommend to clients only those things known to be safe so as to improve their health and well-being; administering anything to a person that you would not take is harmful. Communicate with the client.
The Healing Power of Nature – Vis medicatrix naturae:
The body has the ability to regain health with the aid of nature's healing properties. Nature provides us with everything to heal thyself.
Discover and Treat the Cause, Not Just the Effect – Tolle causam:
Naturopathic Practitioner goal is to determine the underlying cause of dis-ease and treat the condition with the least harm to the client.
Treat the Whole Person – Tolle totum:
The Naturopathic Practitioner knows that there is an inherent connection between the mind, body and soul, therefore, we focus on the entire person. A holistic approach is use taking multiple factors of health and disease into consideration. A treatment plan specific to the individual's need is formulated or developed.
The Physician is a Teacher – Docere:
In Sanskrit the word doctor means teacher, thus, the Naturopathic doctor's role is to educate clients so that they are empowered to the point where they are able to take control and responsibility for their health.
Prevention is the Best Cure:
Naturopathic Practitioners treat both acute and chronic conditions.
In addition to treating acute and chronic illnesses, a Naturopathic Practitioner assess the individual's risk factor for disease, and work to appropriately prevent disease before it begins, as opposed to waiting until a dis-eased state develops. In other words, we take a proactive approach to health care.
Different Methods of Naturopathy
- Clinical Nutrition
- Natural health doctors have extensive education in nutritional health. They are aware of the value of nutrition in health and may recommend special dietary guidelines to address both acute and chronic illnesses. In addition, they educate clients on selecting healthier choices to prevent disease.
- Botanical Medicine
- Plants have played a major role in medicine for many thousands of years because of their proven healing properties. Interestingly, the origins of the majority of pharmaceutical drugs are plant base. In some cases, plants are studied, then components of the plant that offers healing properties are synthesized in the lab. Developing a medicine based on a certain component of a plant, may seem to provide either little or some benefits, however, the components in a plant work together to provide balanced results. In addition, a plant-based product is less likely to cause adverse reactions, in comparison to a synthesized or man-made product. Synthesized products can never replace a plant-based product.
- Homeopathy is based on the premise that like cures like. Homeopathic medicines are diluted many thousands of times. When these medication are given skillfully they can help stimulate the body so as to promote self-healing.
Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for healing and for health maintenance. Water may be applied to different parts of the body at different temperature to aid with healing.
- Lifestyle Counseling
Naturopathic practitioner receive training on educating their clients on several areas that have an impact on their life: exercise, sleep, environmental toxins and how to manage stress. The Naturopathic practitioner can develop a plan of care that will promote optimal health and at the same time foster self empowerment in the client so that they can take responsibility for their health.
- Ayurvedic Therapy
The word Ayurveda means the science of life. Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest methods of healing. Ayurvedic medicine is practice predominantly in India; however, over the past decades more and more people in the western hemisphere have taken an interest in this modality of treatment. This form of treatment involves living and abiding by the laws of nature. It involves the application of diet, lifestyles practice, meditation, natural remedies, and massage. For Ayurveda to be effective, it must be viewed as a way of life versus a quick fix. To obtain and maintain great benefits from Ayurvedic medicine a person must be committed and consistent in their daily approach to this method of healing.