Naturopathy—also called naturopathic medicine—is a medical system that has evolved from a combination of traditional practices and health care approaches popular in Europe during the 19th century.
People visit naturopathic practitioners for various health-related purposes, including primary care, overall well-being, and treatment of illnesses.
Naturopathic practitioners use many different treatment approaches. Examples include:
- Dietary and lifestyle changes
- Stress reduction
- Herbs and other dietary supplements
- Manipulative therapies
- Exercise therapy
- Practitioner-guided detoxification
- Psychotherapy and counseling.
Some practitioners use other methods as well or, if appropriate, may refer patients to conventional health care providers.
Many naturopaths are trained in aspects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is an ancient system of health care based on the concept of balanced qi (or chi, pronounced “chee”). TCM can include herbal and nutritional therapy, meditation, acupuncture, acupressure and massage. Over 5000 years ago, the ancient Chinese discovered a subtle energy in the body that can’t be seen, felt or found with the senses. Tracing and tapping meridians was used to improve physical and mental health
Meridians exist in pairs and ill health can develop when energy flow through the meridians becomes blocked. The meridian system differs from the circulatory system because it’s an energy medicine concept, and so can’t be seen with scans or imaging says Mani Norland, principal at the School of Health in Natural Health Magazine.
The term ‘meridian lines’ is used in a number of natural therapies. The lines are invisible lines that carry energy throughout the body. Along these lines are points called meridian points. When a person is in good health the lines will be open and clear of blockages. When a person is in bad health some of the lines become blocked.
There are 12 main meridian lines, six yang and six yin each yin forms a pair with its yang.
The six yang meridians are lung, heart, pericardium, triple warmer, small intestine, and huge intestine.
The six yin meridians are your spleen, kidney, liver, gallbladder, bladder, and stomach.