here, it cite from an ND's explanation of the basis of naturopathy, vitalism and an equation of such with imaginary / mythical figmentation!!! [ISYN]:
001. Clemons, J. (ND NCNM) states [my comments are in bold]:
001.a. in "What is a Luck Dragon?" [vsc 2011-08-26]:
"naturopathic medicine is founded on the idea of a healing force of nature [HFN] or vis which resides within every living thing. In Chinese medicine this could be compared to qi [with] the focus of Chinese medicine being the cultivation, preservation and restoration of the smooth flow of qi [...]";
so, it's HFN = vis = qi as the defining context of 'the naturopathic'.
"this healing force [HF...is like] a mythical creature, a Luck Dragon, which can’t be seen or touched, yet promotes our growth, healing and regeneration [...]";
so, it's HF = figmentation / the mythical!!! And that's accurate, scientifically speaking, because there is no healing force. There's healing, but we know those mechanisms very well and they are anything but IMAGINARY and MYTHICAL! Welcome back to the middle ages and all its superstitions, folks.
"this force [F...] this vis [is] working to protect our body and enable our healing defenses [...] our own Luck Dragon! Within each of us is an individual life force [LF...]";
so, it's F = vis = Luck Dragon = LF.
"preservation of this vis requires careful, conscious medicine that works to support the Luck Dragon, rather than suppressing the protective life force of the body. Luck Dragon Medicine is the medicine that works to cultivate the life force within the body. Naturopathic medicine is a medicine that works to preserve and support the Luck Dragon to prevent dis-ease and promote lasting health [...]";
yes, go on...and talk to me more about the little gnomes in your garden that make it grow...aka the dragons in your body that make it heal.
"through naturopathic medicine patient and practitioner work to support the vis, to encourage the unique, individual Luck Dragon in each of us. The naturopathic practitioner works to educate and to empower the patient to understand how they can work to support their own Luck Dragon. If we look at it this way, Naturopathic medicine could then can be seen as teaching the care and feeding of your Luck Dragon."
so, the essence of naturopathy is a weird, evidenceless, mythical figmentation centerpiece! Well, I fee educated and empowered now...now knowing how WACKO naturopathy is in its thinking!!!
001.b. in "What Is Acupuncture?" [vsc 2011-08-26]:
"the focus in acupuncture is to restore healthy movement of energy or qi [...so that it is not] obstructed or impeded. Treatment is focused on removing blockages, expelling pathogens, and restoring the flow of qi or vital force, thereby supporting the body’s inherent ability to heal itself [...]";
again, healing by vitalistic figmentation: energy = qi = vital force. Of course, energy is a scientific term for something actual and physical and not a figmentation.
"the Chinese medicine practitioner [...] use[s] techniques [...] to affect or improve qi flow in the body."
002. overall note:
if you go to the alma mater of this ND, you will be told quite incorrectly that such 'mythic figmentation' -- shall we call it -- survives rigorous scientific scrutiny as objective fact...because that's the naturopathy racket, falsely posing junk thought as quality knowledge and scaring people into thinking they need to fix something THAT DOESN'T EVEN EXIST with naturopathy the means to do that.
is it wise to put your health in the hands of a practitioner whose basis is imaginary and who is committed to falsely representing the imaginary as scientific fact? Who conflates medically irrelevant dragons and superstitious forces with that which is real, medical, and scientifically supported?