Naturopathic Quotes

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Quotes by NDs and others who are like-minded.

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  • Even though Naturopathic Principles are as old as history, they are as new as tomorrow because nature and truth never change. Any system that cured people years ago will help people today, and we can now scientifically validate and explain the clinical success of these approaches. - Arno R. Koegler (1898 - 1991)
  • Ultimately, the entire universe has to be understood as a single, undivided whole, in which analysis into separately and independently, existent parts has no fundamental status. - David Bohm (1917 - 1992)
  • The principles of naturopathic medicine are what distinguish it from every other type of medicine and what makes naturopathic medicine so clinically powerful, effective and in tune with patients. If we forget, ignore or do not follow these principles, naturopathic medicine will be relegated to a historical foot note. Paul Saunders
  • People are beginning to realize that it is cheaper and more advantageous to prevent disease rather than to cure it. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 - 1924)
  • The treatment of disease is not nearly as important to long-term health and recovery as determining the true cause(s) of disease - Iva Lloyd
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. - Author Unknown
  • The truth of our medicine will always win out, the truth of what we are doing will always survive. - John Bastyr (1928 - 1995)


  • During the healthy condition of man the spirit like force which animates the material body rules supreme as "dynamis". All parts are wonderfully maintained by it as a harmonious vital process, both in feelings and functions, in order that our intelligent mind may be free to make the living, healthy, bodily medium subservient to the higher purpose of our being." - Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843)
  • Health is linked to emotional responsiveness in the face of changing life circumstances and social interactions. The word "e-motion" tells it all - we want to keep our feelings and energy in motion, rather than locking them in our tissues. - Sat Dharam Kaur


  • The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must come from nature, with an open mind. - Paracelsus (1491 - 1541)
  • The light and airbath cure leads to a faster more efficient restoration of a human being than any method of water cure no matter how refined it might be. A human being is not a fish. Water is not our highest element of life -- light and air are our highest, more delicately organized life-vessels. All organic life would degrade and die in the shortest time without them. - Arnold Rikli (1823 - 1906)
  • It is the breezy, moving outdoor air, permeated with sunlight and rich in oxygen and ozone, that generates the electric and magnetic currents which are so stimulating and vitalizing to everything that draws the breath of life. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 - 1924)
  • Do not under any circumstances; shut the air and sunshine from your home. Do not mind if the furniture, curtains, draperies, etc. will fade. It is better to let them fade than you should. - Louisa Lust (1868 - 1925)
  • The basic biological reality is that humans are still utterly dependent on the natural world and its ecological processes, for our health, well-being, and prosperity. All humans need to breath, eat, and drink, and it's nature that provides us with fresh air, clean water, and the ability to grow food. All humans require a reasonably hospitable climate, and the interconnected web of natural systems regulates the planet's climate and makes life on earth viable. - David Suzuki, PhD
  • A change in the environment brings about change in ‘needs’, resulting in change in behavior, bringing change in organ usage and development, bringing change in form over time – and thus the gradual transmutation of the species. - Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck
  • It is the breezy, moving outdoor air, permeated with sunlight and rich in oxygen and ozone, that generates the electric and magnetic currents which are so stimulating and vitalizing to everything that draws the breath of life. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
  • On awakening in the morning and several times during the day, if circumstances permit, expose your nude body to the invigorating influence of the open air and the sunlight. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
  • Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly should proceed thus: in the first place consider the seasons of the year. - Hippocrates, 400 BC
  • The world that environs us, that is around us, is also within us. We are made of it; we eat, drink, and breathe it; it is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. - Wendell Berry
  • The Earth is alive, mind is pervasive, all beings are our relations. This realization changes everything. It changes our perceptions of who we are and what we need, and how we can trustfully act together for a decent, noble future. - Joanna Macy (2006)

Health and Disease

  • Chronic disease never develops suddenly in the human body. Nature always tries to prevent its gradual development by acute and sub-acute healing efforts. If these, by any means whatever, are checked and suppressed, then they are followed either by fatal complications or chronic after effects, the mysterious "sequelae" of medical science. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 - 1924)
  • Every acute disease is the result of a purifying, healing effect of nature. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 - 1924)
  • Our task is not to treat the disease, but the patient. - Vincent Preissnitz (1799 - 1851)
  • Those who do not find time every day for health must sacrifice a lot of time one day for illness. - Father Sebastian Kneipp (1821 - 1894)
  • He (doctor) is likewise a sustainer of health if he knows the things that disturb health, that engender and maintain disease, and is aware of how to remove them from healthy people. - Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843)
  • Health and disease are related in that they are two phases of one state, and neither can be known without contrasting it with the other. - J.H Tilden (1852 - 1942)
  • Health must at all times come from and be maintained by digested foods. Naturopathic physicians understand this principle and use it to repair the damage done to organs, tissues and cells which have become depleted of the necessary constructive elements. These necessary elements can come only from digested foods. After a food is digested, it goes through a process of assimilation which converts it into nutrition which is carried by the circulation to every organ, tissue and cell. Remember, this process begins first with the digestion of food, and no drug yet offered can rectify damange done by failure of digestion. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 - 1924)
  • The human body possess an inherent ability to heal itself through the mechanisms of homeostasis - restoring balance in structure and function and adapting to environmental change. - Benedict Lust (1872 - 1945)
  • It is much more important to know what sort of person has a disease, than to know what sort of disease a person has. - Sir William Osler, MD (1849-1919)
  • Everything’s physical manifestation reflects it’s inner essence. - Doctrine of Signatures Jakob Bohme (1575 – 1624)
  • Such chronic supposed-to-be-incurable disease as tuberculosis, cancer, locomotor ataxia, paresis, paralysis agitans, infantile paralysis, secondary and tertiary syphilis, etc., yield to the natural treatments, provided there is enough vitality in the system to respond to treatment and the destruction of vital parts and organs has not too far advanced. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 – 1924)
  • The essence of all disease is the accumulation in the system of waste matter and impurities due to wrong habits of living. The elimination of this toxic matter from the body is what nature is striving for all the time . . . It is through detoxification . . . that the healing latent within all of us can be given a free hand to function. - Joseph A. Boucher (1916 – 1987)
  • Our job is to make over the blood. Until we do, we’re just spinning our wheels. - Harold Dick (1921 – 1994)
  • Our only purpose is to cleanse and purify. - Harold Dick (1921 – 1994)


  • Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates (460 - 377 BC)
  • If a patient complains of one of more trivial symptoms that have been only observed a short time previously, the physician should not regard this as a fully developed disease that requires serious medical aid. A slight alteration in the diet and regimen will usually suffice to dispel such an indisposition. - Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843)
  • If all people understood how to use water one-half of all the afflictions from disease would be removed. The other half would be taken care of by understanding how and when to eat, how to breathe and the necessity of daily exercise. - Louisa Lust (1868 - 1925)
  • Food precisely in the form nature gives it to us is always best for the digestion. - Louis Kuhne (1835 - 1907)
  • The cornerstone of any method of healing is the individualized diet . . . nutrition will bring you health, energy and well-being. - James D'Adamo
  • Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. Plato (428 - 348 BC)


  • If the people can be thoroughly indoctrinated in the general principles of Hydropathy, they will not err much, certainly not fatally, in their home-applications of the Water-Cure appliances to the common diseases of the day. If they can go a step further, and make themselves acquainted with the lawa of life and health, they will well-nigh emancipate themselves from all need of doctors of any sort. - Russell Thacker Trall (1812 - 1877)
  • All along the history of medicine, the really great physicians were peculiarly free from the bondage of drugs. - Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919)
  • For 30 years, I have tried every single application upon myself. Three times – this I acknowledge openly – I found myself induced to change my system, from great to still greater softness. According to my present conviction, now fixed for 17 years and tested by innumerable cures, he who knows how to apply the water in the plainest, easiest, and most simple way, will produce the most profitable results. - Sebastian Kneipp (1824 – 1897)
  • There is a vast difference between curing and treating. There is a vast difference between doing something for the patient and just merely doing something to the patient. - Otis G. Carroll (1879 - 1962)
  • Never go to bed without trying to learn something new each day. - John Bastyr (1912 - 1995)
  • In curing, we are trying to get somewhere, we are looking for answers. In curing, our efforts are specifically designed to make something happen. In healing, we live questions instead of answers. We hang out in the unknown. We trust the emergence of whatever will be. We trust the insight will come. The challenge in medicine is not the choices between one and the other. We need both. - Paul Epstein
  • There are two kinds of suffering. The suffering that leads to more suffering, and the suffering that leads to the end of suffering. If you are not willing to face the second kind of suffering, you will surely continue to experience the first. - Ajahn Chah, A Still Forest Pool
  • The path to happiness and a sense of well being in this very life lies not in avoiding suffering but in using the conscious, embodied, direct experience of it as a vehicle to gain deep insight into the true nature of life and your own existence. - The Buddha
  • Healing is not a matter of setting the molecules straight, it is a matter of helping the one in need of healing into an experience of wholeness. - Larry Dossey, MD
  • The journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, it is in seeing with new eyes. - Proust
  • You can’t solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. - Einstein
  • In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s there are few. - DT Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
  • If there is a single definition of healing, it is to touch with mercy and awareness those pains from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. - Stephen Levine, Healing into Life and Death
  • When any experience of body, heart, or mind keeps repeating in consciousness it is a signal that this visitor is asking for a deeper and fuller attention. Under all the tears, the pain, the fear, and the anger we have contracted our self around, we can find freedom, joy and ease in the face of all life. - Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart
  • When the mind is still, tranquil, not seeking any answer or solution even, neither resisting nor avoiding, it is only then that there can be a regeneration. Because then the mind is capable of perceiving what is true and it is the truth that liberates, not your effort to be free. - Krishnamurti
  • From the point of view of deep ecology, what is wrong with our culture is that it offers us an inaccurate description of the self. It depicts the personal self in competition with and in opposition to nature. But if we destroy our environment, we are destroying what is in fact our larger self. - Freya Matthews
  • A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. - Albert Einstein
  • Wilderness rites of passage reveal each person’s life as a story being written on each moment, and they remind us deeply that each story is magnficient. Living on’s life as a mythic journey and periodically reflecting on it reinforces its dignity. Witnessing one’s story deepens the sense of being the author of one’s future and the sense of following one’s destiny. - John Davis
  • Serenity is not freedom from the storm; it is peace amid the storm. - Paul Epstein
  • All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; hi is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. - Chief Seattle
  • Give me a fever and I can cure any disease. - Hippocrates, 400 BC
  • Starve a fever, feed a cold. - Unknown


  • The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. - Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931)
  • A careful physician . . . before he attempts to administer a remedy to his patient, must investigate not only the malady of the man he wishes to cure, but also his habits when in health, and his physical constitution. - Cicero (106 - 43 BC)
  • The ordinary doctor was interested mostly in the study of disease. The nature curist is interested more in study of health. His real interest begins where that of the ordinary doctor ends. Gandhi (1869 - 1948
  • To the uninformed, naturopathic medicine, as well as the entire concept of natural medicine, appears to be a fad that will soon pass away. To the informed, however, it is quite clear that naturopathic medicine is at the forefront of the future. - Michael Murray
  • The trend of modern medical research and practice in our great colleges and endowed research institutes is almost entirely along combative lines, with the individual, progressive physician learning to work more and more along preventive lines. - Henry Lindlahr (1862 - 1924)
  • History has proven that whenever any practice surrenders to medicine, it disappears. Medical tenant is that they will not tolerate co-operative branches of healing. Medicine depends upon creating conflict for the removal of disease, while Naturopathy attempts to remove the condition by external, physiological, psychological, nutritional and biochemical means. - Albert Russell
  • It is a travesty for a person to be judged solely and completely on the standards (if can call them that - opinions) of a totally different profession . . . true justice can only come when one's profession can be judged on standards that that profession has. - Joseph Boucher (1916-1987)
  • Unless we give freely - our time, our efforts, our pleasures for the sake of helping someone with a view of no reward we shall never partake of the glory and graces that the medical professional possesses. - Lawrence E. Schnell
  • Medicine based on pills and potions is becoming obsolete, the scientist stated. The new physiology, with the help of physics, has brought us many ways to deal with the human body that only were dreamed of a decade ago by us, but comparatively successfully pursued by those of the irregular schools. The Medical profession will profit by recognizing this new concept and must insist that its schools promptly mold their instruction to conform with the new knowledge of body mechanics. They must also consider damage inflicted on the nervous system by fatigue, malnutrition, and strain. - appeared in the Chicago Daily News, Sept 1946
  • This illustrates the paradigm shift that is occurring in medicine. What was once scoffed at is now becoming generally accepted as an effective alternative. In fact, in most instances the naturopathic alternative offers significant benefit over standard medical practices. Undoubtedly in the future many of the concepts, philosophies, and practices of naturopathy will be vindicated. Certainly the future looks bright for naturopathic medicine. - Michael Murray
  • During the last ten or twenty years there has been a literal explosion of information in the scientific literature supporting the use of natural medicine. - Michael Murray
  • Whereas an allopathic approach seeks cure (based on some objective criteria), a naturopathic approach aims for healing which will be based in large part on subjective (the patient's) criteria. Consequently there will not be a single measure of outcome, but a pattern of healing that includes physical, emotional, and social functioning. - Christa Louise
  • Health is more than just the absence of disease; it is a vital dynamic state which enables a person to adapt to, and thrive in a wide range of environments. - Iva Lloyd
  • The conflict between preventive health and conventional medicine is not an either-or situation. For example, we will always need emergency rooms and people will always require health care services; yet it has become clear to me that the approach must be natural, it must be preventative, and must be individual. - James L. D'Adamo
  • The trends of modern medical research and practice in our great colleges and endowed research institutes are almost entirely along combative lines, while the individual, progressive physician learns to work more and more along preventive lines. Henry Lindlahr (1862 - 1924)
  • Not only do we have good scientific basis for what we do, but we also use the same scientific literature orthodox MD's use to prove the validity of what we do and to discredit much of current orthodox medical practices. - Joe Pizzorno
  • In this burgeoning field of integrative medicine, research can be a real catalyst for change and allow our profession to have a broader impact on the somewhat dysfunctional health care system and public health overall. - Dugald Seely
  • What lies behind us and before us are tiny matters compared with what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Perspective and perception is everything, isn’t it? - Unknown
  • The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own. - Disraeli
  • You will recognize your truth as a coherent vibration encompassing the psychological, functional, structural, spiritual, microcosmen, macrocosmen, past, present and future simultaneously. - Iva Lloyd