Czech Naturopathic Society
Member of World Naturopathic Federation
Czech Naturopathic Society (CNS) was founded in 2013.
The mission of CNS is to promote high level of naturopathic practice leading to effective counselling on holistic natural medicine in the Czech Republic and coordinates members’ activities on regional and national level. It also supports their cooperation with other allied national and international professional organizations.
Considerable attention is paid to the presentation of the term “naturopathy” to the public, especially through the positive media image of this concept, including the organisation of information campaigns, courses and regular publication of a newsletter.
CNS actively supports members’ continuous education and their practice. It is our aim to establish cooperation with doctors and other medical professionals.
In January 2017 CNS was unanimously accepted as a full World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) member with all the rights and obligations arising from this status, including respecting and introducing a unified education of naturopaths in the Czech Republic.
The main tasks and missions of WNF include:
- Strengthen the position of natural medicine and promote its expansion and recognition at a global level in the full range of diversity of the various disciplines and the diversity of its activities.
- Setting and monitoring strict guidelines – their meaningfulness, suitability and appropriateness when applying naturopathic therapies to the client.
- To unite and promote the highest educational standards of this global profession, its legalization, and accreditation of completed studies.
- Participate in naturopathy research and studies that verify the results of these researches and actively organize research and studies.
- Create and maintain regulatory and accreditation standards, incl. the up-to-date database of naturopathic organizations of individual WNF members.
- Cooperate with world agencies (World Health Organisation, United Nations, UNESCO) and national governments and supra-national agencies in order to promote the naturopathic profession.
Naturopathy is a system of healthcare with a long-standing history of traditional philosophies and practices, medically trained practitioners and natural treatment options to serve patients.
Naturopathy has been practiced in Europe for centuries. Many of the principles and philosophies of naturopathy originated in Germany and Europe in the 16th and 17th century. The original naturopaths – prior to 1900s – from around the world, were trained by European doctors using hydrotherapy, herbal medicine and other traditional forms of healing. Throughout its history, naturopathy / naturopathic medicine has been introduced into a country when a naturopath / naturopathic doctor that was trained in different country moved and took their skills with them.
Currently, European countries consider their practice of naturopathy as a system of healthcare that has evolved by incorporating the traditional medicine of each country with the naturopathic principles, theories and modalities.
Although there have been historically broad discussions on the principles and practice of naturopathic medicine, there was no formal codification process until 1986, when the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) formed a committee that consisted of naturopathic doctors Pamela Snider, Jared Zeff and others. These practitioners spent over three years reviewing the historic data and documents about naturopathic practice. In 1989, a definition of naturopathic medicine and the description of the six naturopathic principles was formally codified and accepted by the two North American national naturopathic associations (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)). Based on the 2014/2015 global naturopathic workforce survey these principles appear to have international recognition and acceptance.
The naturopathic principles taught in most countries include:
- First, Do No Harm (primum non nocere)
- Healing Power of Nature (vis medicatrixnaturae)
- Treat the Cause (tollecausam)
- Treat The Whole Person (tolletotum)
- Doctor as Teacher (docere)
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
There is a number of naturopathic theories practiced around the world including:
- Vital Force (vis vitalis) / Theory of Vitality
- Unity of Disease
- Hering´s Law of Cure
- Therapeutic Order
- Emunctory Theory
- Naturopathic Modalities (detoxification, revitalisation, stabilisation and regeneration)
- Theory of toxaemia
- Naturopathic Triad of Health
- Humoral Theory
- Theory of Complex Systems
Who is professional naturopath
Naturopathy is a healthcare system with longstanding history of traditional philosophies and approaches, with medically trained therapists, who work with natural therapies. Although the naturopathic profession is not yet enacted in the Czech Republic and the naturopathic practice functions within the framework of consultancy, as a member of the WNF, CNS is interested in ensuring that the quality of client care is at a high professional level. Therefore, as a member of the WNF, CNS is committed to respect and comply with the international standards of the qualification set by the WNF.
WNF aims to maintain the highest possible standard in the delivery of professional services through better training and has fulfilled the conditions of study that have been defined and agreed by representatives of individual countries – members of WNF. On this list you will find the official list of naturopaths, which will be updated and for whom the CNS guarantees that they have successfully completed education for the naturopathic profession.
We recommend future clients to check the list of therapists presented on our websites before getting consultation and treatment in „pseudonaturopathic“ clinics.
Regrettably, we have to acknowledge that therapists are wrongfully presenting themselves in the media as clinical naturopaths, and offer their services without the necessary education, which is clearly required by the Czech Naturopathic Society for the practice of naturopathy.
In order for the naturopathic profession to have a chance for legalization in the Czech Republic, as is the case elsewhere in the world, it must be represented by qualified practitioners who adhere to the rules and the code of practice.
The naturopathic modalities or therapies used around the world vary by country. Some of the most common naturopathic modalities include:
- Clinical Nutrition
- Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy)
- Homeopathic Medicine
- Traditional Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture
- Physical Medicine
- Hydrotherapy – Water Cure
- Prevention and Lifestyle Counselling
Some naturopathic doctors* will have additional training in other natural therapies such as:
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- IV Therapies
- Chelation Therapy
- Colon Therapy
- Minor Surgery
* Universities abroad offer medical naturopathic education
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