7 Fundamental Principles of the Natural Cures Approach

By Scott J. Banks, Joe Kraynak, J. J. Virgin

Part of Natural Cures For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The term natural cures includes many different approaches to health and wellness — everything from aromatherapy and homeopathy to massage and nutritional medicine — but all the methodologies that fall under the natural cures umbrella reflect the following seven core principles:

  • Treat the cause, not the symptoms. When you treat symptoms, you’re just playing whack-a-mole and masking the underlying condition that’s causing the illness. Treat the underlying cause, perhaps a nutritional deficiency or system dysfunction, and the symptoms subside.

  • Treat the patient, not the illness. Every person is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all secret to wellness or cure for illness.

  • Your body is the best medical treatment facility in the world. Your body is equipped to fight illness and repair itself, assuming you supply what it needs.

  • Food is the best medicine. The things you eat and drink provide the fuel and nutrients your body needs to carry out millions of bio-electrical-chemical reactions daily. You can’t eat junk and expect to be well.

  • Exercise is essential. Your body needs regular physical activity to maintain healthy respiration, circulation, muscle tone, and healthy bones.

    Get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily, along with some sort of strength training three times a week.

  • Stress kills. Excessive, long-term physical or emotional stress strains your endocrine system, throwing your hormonal balance out of whack. Do what you can to keep daily stress down to a dull roar.

  • Sleep heals. Sleep about one third of the day to enable your body to rest and recuperate. If you’re getting less than five hours of sleep daily or if you feel tired soon after waking, you have a problem.