There are several ways we can discuss the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine, as well as a few ways that they can be applied in practice.
There are six principles and over the next several posts, we’ll do a short introduction to each one. There is no specific order or hierarchy, but we’ll start with Prevention, because prevention is always a good place to start.
Preventare or Prevention is exactly what it means. What can we do and how can we prevent illness, especially chronic illness, from occurring? I might stretch it a little bit and say, sometimes illness is not preventable, but we can prepare the body in the best ways possible in order to deal with the illness and return to health as quickly as possible.
Many people get sick over the winter months. If we have taken measures in advance to be sure we are in the best internal health possible, we are better able to combat and recover from illness.
How do we flesh out what Prevention means? It means work. Work on the part of you to do what you can to have the best internal conditions possible. Dr. Henry Lindlahr would call the internal body “soil”. When we have good soil or internal conditions, good things happen. When we have bad soil or poor internal conditions, the body is more susceptible to illness, chronic conditions and slower healing. The farmer cannot just go out into the fields once or twice a year and expect a good crop. He has to go out daily and weekly to see what the soil is like and how best to make changes to support the soil. We have to do the same with our bodies.
We can create good soil through good diet. What we eat impacts how we feel and also how our bodies function. The holidays are a great time to “indulge” a bit, but we cannot do it all year long. Certain types of food are better for one person than another. Understanding and learning what best suits your body, gives better nutrients to the soil.
We create good soil through moving. We do not have to spend money ona gym, a simple walk will do wonders, but we need to move. Movement lubricates the muscles and joints. It helps to push cellular waste out and bring nutrients and oxygen into the tissues. It does not need to be strenuous, but it cannot just be getting up from the couch to put new batteries in the TV remote either. It’s tilling the soil and mixing the soil with added nutrients.
Water. Do you drink enough water? Seems like weeds are the only things that grow well without sufficient water. Water is important to hydrate the tissue and skin. Dehydration can sometimes lead to digestive problems, headaches, over all poor functioning.
Prevention is looking at taking care of the body before something happens, to help prevent an illness from occurring and have the best conditions to get over illness quicker.