History of European Healing Methods
Every tribe and/or nation is proud their tradition.
medicine in different European countries has a long tradition. Reports
about naturopathic methods are found in old scripts all over the world.
There was a profound knowledge about how to treat sick people for
example in in China, India, Egypt, USA and Europe.
Germany, the "Bader" a professional mixture of hair stylist, dentist
and naturopath, would not only cut the hair of their clients, but
also extract bad teeth and heal wounds or other ailments.
all times, there have been wise men and women, who knew about the right
cure for almost every disease. Later in Middle Ages, those wise women
often were hunted by witch-hunters and burnt at the stake. That time was
the darkest part in the history of the Catholic Church and the worst
blow against Naturopathic in general.
was already a big variety of healing and diagnostic methods with
which assigned healers (or in some cultures the priests ) tried to help
the ailing . Healing Methods like Phytotherapy (healing with herbs) ,
Aromatherapy (healing with essential oils)., Healing with healing stones or by
means of cupping, blood letting to name some of them These methods are
still used until today with excellent results. Iridology and Foot
Reflexology are also proven diagnostic helpers.
Healing was one of the main businesses in ancient monastries.
Medicine as we understand it today did not exist. There were knowledgeable laymen who had been taught by their ancestors how to treat illnesses.
Medicine in the past ( and often today ) is on base of trial and error
When medicine was brought to the universities, medicine diversified into conventional medicine and naturopathic (alternative) medicine.
it seems today, conventional medicine has come to look more for
alterations on the cellular level, whereas naturopathy has the more
My vision is, that both branches cooperate for the best of the patients. May these pages help that all people can understand Naturopathy better.
It heals, it is right
the old fight between empiric and dogmatic thinking practioners is as old as conventional medicine exists.
Who ever tried to publish a new healing method
first was ridiculed
then he was antagonised
then the method became adopted as "common sense"
Even such (nowadays) common sense things like the discovery that hygienic conditions in hospitals can save lives, was first criticized and opposed heavily. Instead of being praised for his findings, Semmelweis first was considered being a denigrator of the medical trade and was heavily mobbed.
When Pfarrer Kneipp (1821-1897) came to the conclusion that water was a strong healing agent, he was cited before his bishop and was forbidden to tell what he had found out.
Dr Dinshah who had sensational findings on light and color therapy was banned comoletely in the US. or less
Nothing has changed so far.
When recently in the 80s the Heliobacter Pylory was detected as cause of stomach ulcers, the idea of a bacterial infection was first rejected unisono by all professionals at the universities. It took some years until this theory became standard knowledge.
This list could go ad infinitum...
Right now, Naturopathy in the Western World is experiencing a renaissance, because people, who are disappointed with the side effects or inefficiency of the conventional medicine are more and more looking for soft, save and efficient treatments.
Germanys doctors recognized the new trend and are flocking into weekend classes about Naturopathic Methods, as they see it a chance to make some extra money with it, since the over and over reformated health system does not pay them adequately any more..
German Health Politicians ( where pharma lobbyists are sitting in the ministries writing laws - this is sad but true) have proven to be the worst threat to traditional Naturopathy. In the last decade, some thousand herbal and homeopathic remedies are not manufactured any more, because the German government made many stupid laws. Now the ignorance of the German government is only topped by the ignorance of the authorities of the European Union.
Tests became obligatory, that were so expensive, that a lot of small companies with excellent products were forced out of business.
To give you a picture:
In the early 90s, the state ordered that for every remedy there should be brought a so-called "synergy test"
This meant, that for instance each ingredient of every tea had to be tested for synergistic effects.
For a tea with 25 different herbs, that would have resulted in 2
5! = 25x24x23x22...x1= 155,112,100,000,000,000,000 tests
to keep a well proven herbal tea on the market.
Six ingredients would have needed "only" 720 tests.
Only tests from universities were recognized.
Just these figures show how ridiculous these ideas were. And it got worse. Now there are many restrictions on homeopathic remedies as well. Companies are not allowed to produce their old recipes any more and it is not allowed any more to tell what a certain homeopathic remedy is good for . Some names of homeopathic remedies had to be changed as one could have deducted the effect by the name. It's really a shame.
I have a homepage in Germany
where I still list all the ingredients of the old remedies, so that they are at least not forgotten and con be used by practioners and patients as well, once they are custom made by pharmacists.
Homeopathy for example had to undergo clinical tests. That is contradictary in itself. For instance if child A has an earache it might need Eupatorium, the other child B, that also has an earache might need Chamomile or what ever. That is, because Homeopathy remedies are chosen due to the remedy picture. (see section ancient healing methods) If homeopathic remedies are tested under clinical conditions they never focus on the reaction type resp. the remedy picture. A and B get the same remedy and the result shows only 50 % efficiency or less and is thus not allowed on the market...