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Studies in the Philosophy of Healing: Homeopathy

THOUGHTS ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF HEALING
Ever since Hahnemann pointed out the homoeopathic method as the law of healing there have been all grades of followers, from such as merely admit its validity and use it incidentally, to those who cling to the precepts of the Organon for guidance. It is a variation common to every sort of human endeavour and really depends upon instruction, ability and will. To teach anything less than the ideal makes for final retrogression because execution is necessarily made by falliable mortals.
Quickly enough does the neophyte feel his limitations and lack of firmness in his foothold; then, having but a loose grasp of the philosophy of healing, descent into the murky shades of palliation and suppression

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Question by Nickname:Zien: What Is The Study of Natural Medicine Called When You Use Plants, Fugi, etc As The Medicine?

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Answer by dr. T
Using plants as “drugs” is called Botanical Medicine. Herbalists study the application of plants for therapeutic effects. Unfortunately, “herbalist” is not a protected title… So it can be difficult to be sure that your herbalist is well-trained and is offering appropriate advice. There are some incredibly knowledgeable herbalists out there! And there are some who are borderline dangerous. It’s important that you discuss any advice from your herbalist with your doctor… your doc should always know what meds you’re taking. (Yes, herbs are meds.) This will also help you determine whether your herbalist is qualified as you build trust with the practitioner.

Now… you didn’t ask about herbalists, specifically. You asked about the practice of MEDICINE. Practicing medicine, in my opinion. is more than knowing about herbs. It requires a full comprehension of physiology, pathology, pharmacognasy (how the body responds to drugs/herbs), etc. It requires an understanding of what physiologically is happening in the body AND what effects treatment will illicit and why.

I believe NDs are the only primary care physicians for whom in-depth training in botanical medicine is foundational. However, some MDs do venture into botanical medicine as part of their “continuous learning.”
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EDIT: Dave/Gary, that you declare it “unscientific” without ever taking the time to really inform yourself does not make it so.

Botanical medicine is widely studied and there are thousands of papers on the subject published in high-profile, esteemed peer-reviewed journals. IE: Legitimate scientific journals/resources, not “quackwatch” or popular media pieces.

Furthermore, Canadian governments at the provincial and federal levels recognize naturopathic doctors as primary care physicians, as do many states in the US. The accredited schools do have recognized research departments (http://www.ccnm.edu/?q=research_0) and NDs are engaging in research with MDs, as well as masters and doctoral students in major North American post-secondary institutions and other medical researches all over North America.

The profession is regulated, the title is protected. And should you ever choose to inform yourself regarding the training, I’d be delighted to send you some links.

Healthy skepticism is a wonderful, necessary thing. Blatant obfuscation hardly qualifies.

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