Welcome to the home page of the Pennsylvania Traditional Naturopaths Association. We are the only organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Traditional or Classical Naturopaths. We are here to help our fellow practitioners of traditional naturopathy and address any legislative actions that may affect us in the Commonwealth. This site is designed to help define TRADITIONAL & CLASSICAL NATUROPATHY.
In all circumstances, a traditional naturopath has a diploma or degree from an institution designating them as an naturopathic doctor. The designation N.D. indicates that the practitioner is a naturopathic doctor. Many classical or traditional practitioners have additional education and degrees, diplomas and certifications to help indicate that the practitioner has completed additional study.
There are groups among us that have attempted to corrupt the ND designation and actually change the traditional definition of naturopathy, which has caused much confusion. Therefore, the following definition should help dispel some of the confusion:
According to Webster's Dictionary, the word Naturopathy comes from the three root words, "NATURE", "O" and "PATHY". "NATURE" traces back to the Latin word "natus" which means "birth or, Cause". "O", is Old English for the word "Of", while "PATHY" comes from the Greek word "pathos" meaning "Disease". This is great, for now at least a "working" definition can be created as follows:
Naturopathy: A practice that deals with the Cause of a Disease.
In using the words "Nature" and "Natural", it can be easily seen that man made drugs and surgery as used by the psychiatrist and the medical doctor have absolutely no place in Naturopathy or in its description. Therefore an exact definition is now created as follows:
Naturopathy n. The science or art of treating a dis-ease by addressing the CAUSE, using Nutrition, Exercise, Sunlight, Clean Air, Pure Water, Massage, Hydrotherapy (both Hot & Cold), Confront, Prayer, Meditation, Lifestyle, Biochemistry (which includes vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc.), and correcting any imbalances found.
Teachers and healers beyond count have witnessed, that the correction of these imbalances permits the body to mend or repair itself automatically, resulting in excellent health. Another thing is certain. By addressing the "Cause of a Dis-ease", Naturopathy as a subject, science and practice, is senior to, and more effective in "treatment" than Conventional Medicine that handles only the symptoms.
With this now defined, any practitioner who is claiming to be a Naturopath and wanting to do surgery or hand out pharmaceutical products is not practicing natural health and or Naturopathy.
Please feel free to contact us for additional information at:
The Pennsylvania Traditional Naturopaths Association P.O. Box 621, Abington, PA. 19001-0621 PANATUROPATHSINFO@GMAIL.COM or you may leave a message for us on our voice mail service at 267-281-3780