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Some see the ancient Greek, "Father of Medicine", Hippocrates as the first advocate of naturopathic medicine, before the expression "naturopathic medicine", even existed. The term "naturopathy" is derived from Greek and Latin, and literally translates as "nature disease".
Modern naturopathy grew out of the Natural Cure movement of Europe. The term was coined in 1895 by John Scheel and popularized by Benedict Lust. In Scotland, Thomas Allinson started advocating his "Hygienic Medicine" in the 1880s, promoting a natural diet and exercise with avoidance of tobacco and overwork! In the 1970s, there was a revival of interest in the United States and Canada in conjunction with the holistic health movement.
Naturopathic practitioners are split into two groups, traditional naturopaths and naturopathic physicians. Naturopathic physicians employ the principles of naturopathy within the context of conventional medical practices.
There are growing collaborative efforts between naturopaths and medical doctors to evaluate the safety and efficacy of naturopathic medicine in prevention and management of a broad range of common ailments, and to decide whether accessibility of naturopathic services will enhance patient health in a cost-effective way. Scientifically genuine naturopathic methods are not an alternative, but a supplement to modern medicine. With greater scientific knowledge of naturopathy, better therapeutic approaches have been achieved, resulting in improved therapy models and an economic benefit for the health care system. Naturopathic physicians contribute to research and adapt modern scientific principles into clinical practice, further developing and validating the profession.
In Australia, there is access to many high quality standardised herbal medicines in the form of dried herbs, extracts, tinctures, powders and tablets. The parts of the plant used include roots, seeds, leaves, flowers, stems and indeed the whole plant, depending on the herb. Herbalists believe the active ingredients found in herbs are supported by the synergistic actions of all its other chemical constituents. This synergy allows the herb to exert its therapeutic effects and at the same time reduces the potential for unwanted side effects. Plants are complex medicines with many actions available in a single plant. This is different from pharmaceutical formulations that commonly have one action. Many herbs act as modulators. They may increase or decrease cellular responses.
Herbal remedies are suitable for both acute and chronic conditions. They are individually prescribed and dispensed based on the presenting symptoms and the underlying causes, determined by the practitioner from a detailed case history, and thorough consultation. A herbal formula can be individualised, is able to simultaneously treat a variety of symptoms or body systems, and therefore is cost effective for the individual.
There are several classes of herbs. These include herbs for the gastro-intestinal system, nervous system, urinary system, immune system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system etc. Many herbs are tonics to specific organs or body systems. Adaptogen herbs are unique and may not always be found in a conventional pharmacy. They support generalised wellbeing and create resilience in times of stress.
Treatment is designed to moderate or alleviate symptoms and strengthen body systems. Its aim is to help prevent disease and support the body in its ability to heal itself by restoring balance and increasing vitality. This then brings about increased energy, improved health and a greater sense of wellbeing. Herbs prescribed correctly are extremely safe.
Patients need to advise the pharmacist if they are taking any naturopathic product, or intend taking any together with their compounded medication.
Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. The term is generally used to refer to those chemicals that may affect health, but are not established as essential nutrients. Phytochemicals have been used as drugs for millennia. Hippocrates may even have prescribed willow tree leaves to abate fever. Salicin, having anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, was originally extracted from the bark of the white willow tree and later synthetically produced to become the staple over-the-counter drug, called aspirin.
There is evidence from laboratory studies that phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer, possibly due to dietary fibres, polyphenol antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. (So-called Super Greens are said to assist in preventing cancer.) An important cancer drug, Taxol (paclitaxel) is a phytochemical, initially extracted and purified from the Pacific yew tree.
There are currently many phytochemicals in clinical trials for a variety of diseases. Lycopene from tomatoes, for example, has been tested in human studies for cardiovascular diseases and prostate cancer. Other phytochemicals from edible plants with promise of deterring disease are diindolylmethane from brassica vegetables, (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts). These are being tested against recurring respiratory papillomatosis tumors (caused by the human papilloma virus), are in Phase III clinical trials for cervical dysplasia (a precancerous condition caused by the human papilloma virus), and are in several clinical trials for prostate cancer.
Some phytochemicals with physiological properties may be elements rather than complex organic molecules. Abundant in many fruits and vegetables, selenium, for example, is involved with major metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism and immune function. It is particularly an essential nutrient and co-factor for the enzymatic synthesis of glutathione, an endogenous antioxidant. Likewise, lutein and zeaxanthin may inhibit macular degeneration and cataracts, although there is insufficient scientific evidence from clinical trials for such specific effects or health claims.
Phytochemicals in freshly harvested plant foods may be destroyed or removed by modern processing techniques, possibly including cooking. For this reason, industrially processed foods likely contain fewer phytochemicals, and may thus be less beneficial than unprocessed foods. Absence or deficiency of phytochemicals in processed foods may contribute to increased risk of preventable diseases. A converse example may also exist in which lycopene, a phytochemical present in tomatoes, is either unchanged in content or made more concentrated by processing to juice or paste, maintaining good levels for bio-availability.
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