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What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a therapeutic approach developed in the early 20th century by Benedict Lust and some of his contemporaries. It combined a number of existing natural therapy techniques and consolidated many of the doctors practicing natural medicine at the time. Nowadays, Naturopathic Doctors are trained in four-year, full-time medical schools with equivalent training to that of a medical doctor. However, instead of specialising in surgery or the use of pharmaceuticals, Naturopathic Doctors study a broad range of alternative health approaches including nutrition, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, counseling and herbal medicine.

In a word, Naturopathy stands for the reconciling, harmonizing and unifying of nature, humanity and God. Fundamentally therapeutic because men need healing; elementally educational because men need teaching; ultimately inspirational because men need empowering, it encompasses the realm of human progress and destiny.
Benedict Lust

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the late eighteenth century. Hahnemann found that a substance which caused certain symptoms in a healthy individual could cure those symptoms in a sick person. He also discovered that by diluting the substance in water and succussing (shaking) it, he could make more powerful remedies. Homeopathy is one of the most widely used treatment approaches in the world.

The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, least harmful way, according to clearly comprehensible principles.
Samuel Hahnemann

What is the difference between homeopathy and naturopathy?

Homeopathy is a specific system of medicine using dilute potencies of natural substances to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Naturopathy is a form of medical practice that includes a wide array of alternative therapeutic modalities, including homeopathy as well as other approaches such as nutrition and herbal medicine.

What is anthroposophical medicine?

Anthroposophical Medicine was developed out of the philosophical work of Rudolf Steiner, who also inspired Waldorf education and biodynamic agriculture.
Anthroposophical Medicine holds that:

  • Every human being is unique and needs to be treated accordingly
  • It is necessary to combine artistic and spiritual insights with scientific knowledge to achieve true healing
  • Life has meaning and purpose, and that loss of this sense can lead to ill-health
  • Illness often provides opportunities for positive change and new balance in life

The beautiful natural world we see consists entirely of imitations of disease processes. Inside the human being, these processes are disease processes; outside the human being, they are the beauties of nature. We must simply understand the individual connections. We must know how to derive disease processes from the natural world and incorporate them into the human being as substitutes.
Rudolf Steiner

What is craniosacral therapy?

Developed by Osteopathic Physician John Upledger in 1970, CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of enhancing the body’s own healing
capabilities. The practitioner uses the subtle rhythm of the movement of spinal fluid throughout the body to diagnosis and treat restrictions. Through gentle
manipulation of the cranial bones, sacrum, spinal cord and interconnected membranes and body tissue, CranioSacral Therapy helps alleviate a wide range of illnesses, pain and dysfunction while increasing energy and improving circulation.

How do I tell the quality of my nutritional supplements?

This is a difficult problem. The doctor may recommend certain nutrients or herbs to you. Where you purchase your vitamins is very important. Because there is little regulation of the supplement industry, you have no guarantee that your supplements contain what the label states. Here at Paracelsus, we will generally only use supplements from companies that do independently verified laboratory testing on their products. Most companies do not do this, even many of the companies available in health food stores. The company may think that it is selling you the best product available, but if it is not testing the materials, you have no idea whether or not this is true. The product may not contain what it is supposed to AND it may contain toxic contaminants! Visit the “quality verification” section at for more information.

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