460-377 BC

Hippocrates (460-377 BC) is considered part of the historical movement of naturopathic medicine. Hippocrates believed "nature is the healer of all diseases" and that every practitioner "was to be skilled in Nature and must strive to know what man is in relation to food, drink, occupation, and what effect these have on him." Hippocrates also coined the ever essence of natural medicine - that the healer is within the body and we all possess the "vis medicatrix nature". It is this healing power of nature which naturopathic doctors strive to nurture and stimulate.