Friday, November 24, 2006

The Vital-Force-Spirit 'Animatistic New Age Pantheism' of Naturopathic Medicine.

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III. 'otherwheres' nonNorth-America ND schools:
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international:
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Brandon Raynor's School of Therapeutic Massage (International) and Natural Therapies states:
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[in "Diploma of Naturopathy"]
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"diploma of naturopathy [...] introduction to naturopathy as a holistic healing art. The naturopathy course includes topics such as nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle counseling, massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, Bach and other flower remedies, iridology, yoga, meditation, Chinese and ayurvedic medical philosophies, homeopathy, [applied] kinesiology, natural birthing, and many more subjects [...] a naturopathic practitioner is the natural equivalent of being a general practitioner [...] the naturopathic vs. other definitions of health. Chinese medicine, ayurvedic medicine, and traditional European naturopathic practitioners have very different definitions of health to the western medical model. Chinese medicine defines a person as healthy when their chi (life force) and blood are both strong and flowing unobstructed. In addition, European naturopathic practitioners and homeopaths may talk about a person having 'vitality,' while Ayurveda may define health as being an alignment of a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical aspects [...] if we are to understand ayurveda and other natural therapies systems, we must also understand what the term 'spirit' means [...per] the naturopathy course will help the students understand terms such as the Chinese 'chi', European 'life force', or Indian 'atma' [...] in our study of naturopathy [...] in order to get a clearer definition of the term 'life force.' Butler clearly refers to many examples, illustrating that a person is actually the life force around which the physical, mental, and emotional bodies take shape and manifest";
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(click here,
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Universal University states:
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[in "Natural Health"]
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"the core tenets of natural health include vitalism, holism, free will, and prevention. Vitalism is the most fundamental tenet of the natural health philosophy--it says that the human body has the capability to heal itself. In the natural health philosophy, all healing is essentially self-healing, a basic property of all living beings";
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(click here,
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a) Africa:
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the Abha Light College of Natural Medicine states:
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[in “Introduction to Naturopathy (Also Known As Nature Cure)”]
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“naturopathic medicine is a distinct healing philosophy and practice, which seeks to promote health, by using the body's life force and inner protecting mechanism for stimulating and supporting the body's inherent power of regaining harmony and balance […] the body possesses the power to heal itself through its internal vitality. This vital force is the foundation of naturopathic philosophy. All that the naturopathic practitioner does, is to create the most favorable condition to stimulate and enhance natural healing power. Disease is a manifestation of the vital force applying itself to the removal of obstruction to the normal functioning of organs and tissues”;
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(click here,
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(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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b.) Australia:
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the Academy of Safe Therapies states:
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[in "Prospectus 2005"]
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"naturopathy […] central to the paradigms of natural healing is the philosophy of vital force: the force embodied in all living things. The belief that ‘vis medicatrix naturae,’ or the healing power of nature, enabling us to correct states of ‘dis-ease,’ sets up apart from modern medicine in our approach to health care […] our vitalistic approach [p.010]”;
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(click here{2005},
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(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
(also here{2006},
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the Aromatherapy College of Australia and Complementary Therapies states:
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[in "Courses in Natural Therapies"]
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"Holistic Homoeopathy for Health Professionals [...] Course Code: CAT 36 [...] homeopathy is a method of healing whereby the energy from the remedy activates the vital force that encourages the body’s natural recuperation [...] Chinese Massage Treatment Option One: Certificate IV Level [...] Option Two: Dip. and Adv. Dip. Level [...] according to traditional Chinese medicine there is a vital force running through all things in nature and that force is chi. Chi runs through the body along pathways or meridians and many things may cause blockages and produce imbalance. The object of treatment is to restore the normal flow of chi [...the] function of chi in the body";

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the Australian College of Natural Medicine states:
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[in "Naturopathy"]
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“what is naturopathy? According to the manifesto of the British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association, naturopathy is a ‘system of treatment which recognizes the existence of a vital curative force within the body.’ This essential concept pervades all natural therapies”;
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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[in "Philosophy and Aims"]
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“we believe in the life force inherent in all beings and train our students to enhance and work with this life force in healing [...] our students are trained to work with the life force inherent in all living things so as to maximize each individual's health potential”;
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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[in "Health and Fitness"]
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"Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy. Institution: Australian College of Natural Medicine Inc. Course description: this course is designed to train students to become professionally qualified practitioners of Naturopathy. The College believes in the life force inherent in all beings and we train our students to enhance and work with this life force in healing. The College is committed to excellence in naturopathic practitioner training";
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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[in "Message From the Principal"]
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“[per Fitts, D. (? ?)] the Australian College of Natural Medicine is committed to excellence in naturopathic training. Founded on the belief that Naturopathy, as a model of health care and treatment, is the way of the future, the College is dedicated to training students wholistically in both the philosophy and practice of natural medicine […] within this framework, our students are trained to work with the life force inherent in all living things. so as to maximize each individual's health potential”;
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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the College of Somatic Studies states:
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[in "Naturopathy"]
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"qi (also referred to as chee, chi, qui or ki) in Eastern philosophies, the energy that connects and animates everything in the universe; includes both individual qi (personal life force) and universal qi, which are coextensive through the practice of mind body disciplines, such as traditional meditation, aikido, and tai chi";
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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the New South Wales School of Natural Medicine states:
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[in "NSW School of Natural Medicine"]
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"the NSW School of Natural Medicine [...] the School enjoys one of the most idyllic locations of any naturopathic college in Australia [...] New South Wales School of Natural Medicine. Green is for the heart chakra and for healers -- the color of life energy, vital force";
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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[in "HLT60602"]
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"the aim of homoeopathic treatment is to stimulate and strengthen the patient’s vital force and establish complete balance within that person i.e. on the physical, mental and emotional levels. Homoeopathy recognizes humans as more than flesh and bone – it recognizes that first and foremost we are an energy field. When this vital energy is depleted illness then ensues";
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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the SA College of Natural Medicine states:
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[in "Homeopathic Acupuncture"]
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"homoeopathic acupuncture (*). 510. Pre-requisites: Advanced Diploma of Applied Science Honors in Acupuncture or Homoeopathy. One of the newest therapies combining two of the oldest professions, this module covers the philosophy of healing and principals of homoeopathy and links the concept of vital force with oriental traditional philosophies of acupuncture and some the recent research into electromagnetic fields";
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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the Southern School of Natural Therapies states:
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[in "Overview of CM"]
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“[TC]M shares some ideas with other forms of complementary medicine, including belief in a strong interrelationship between the environment and bodily function and an understanding of illness as starting with an imbalance of energy or ‘vital force’. This is defined as qi, a fundamental substance that has the potential to activate all bodily functions and therefore is an essential force requiring manipulation in the process of restoring health. Underpinning this vital flow of qi is the ancient philosophical concept of yin and yang. This concept is a sophisticated interpretation of the natural forces operating within both the external environment of nature and the internal environment of living beings";
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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[in “Southern School of Natural Therapies, Australia's Premier School of Natural Medicine -- Prospectus 2006-2007”]
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“Chinese medical theory [...] an understanding of illness as starting with an imbalance of energy or 'vital force.' This is defined as qi, a fundamental substance [...] underpinning this vital flow of qi is the ancient philosophical concept of yin and yang [...] 'dis-ease' occurs when the relevant healthy balance of yin and yang is affected [p.026...] qi (life force) [p.052]”;

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(click here,
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(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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the University of Western Sydney states:
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[in "Naturopathy"]
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"naturopathy is a holistic method of healing, which recognizes the ability of the body to overcome disease. Treatments aim to support and aid the body to heal itself with the use of herbal medicine, homoeopathy and nutritional and lifestyle advice [...] naturopathy is a healing art based on holistic principles in conjunction with vis medicatrix naturae- the healing power of nature [...] to restore vitality through supporting and stimulating the bodies own healing mechanisms [...] homoeopathy- uses the principle of ‘like cures like’, for example when grandma used to say ‘to cool down on a hot day, have a cup of tea’. The substances used are prepared in a unique way so that they correct the patient’s vital force which balances their spiritual, emotional and physical levels";
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(click here,
(archived here,
(for the archive.org history of this page, click here,
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[in "Naturopathy Patient Information Brochure"]
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"homeopathy- uses the principle of 'like cures like', for example when grandma used to say ‘to cool down on a hot day, have a cup of tea’. The substances used are prepared in a unique way so that they correct the patient’s vital force which balances their spiritual, emotional and physical levels. They are extremely safe and effective";
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c) Kuwait:
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the Academy of Complementary Medicine states:
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[in "Academy of Complimentary Medicine (AOCM)"]
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"naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world, emphasizing the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person";
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[in "Naturopathic Medicine"]
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"naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world, emphasizing the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person. Methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient's vital force, respecting the intelligence of the natural healing process [...] the healing power of nature. Vis medicatrix naturae. The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician's role is to facilitate and augment this process [...] first do no harm. Primum no nocere. Illness is a purposeful process of the organism. The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms which are, in fact, an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complimentary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physician's actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis medicatrix naturae";
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d) New Zealand:
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the Naturopathic College of New Zealand states:
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[in "Naturopathy"]
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"naturopathy is [...] a system of healing [...requiring] following the laws of nature, understanding the 'vital force' within the body and using naturopathic principles";
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e) the UK and Ireland:
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Cirencester College states:
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[in ""]
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"a stand alone diploma in naturopathy […] a naturopathic diploma (ND) […] naturopaths believe that the body has the power, or life force to heal itself. They use a variety of techniques to help the life force flow efficiently […] naturopathy is an approach to healthcare that recognizes the body has the power, or 'life force', to heal itself. Naturopaths believe that the body needs certain basics to function properly. They include the correct nutrients, adequate rest and relaxation, appropriate exercise, fresh clean air, clean water and sunlight. Any imbalances in the body or emotions can restrict the flow of the life force, resulting in illness";
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the College of Naturopathic Medicine Ireland states:
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[in "What Is Naturopathy?"]
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"[via ND Langley] naturopathy, or nature cure, is underpinned by a fundamental principle - vis medicatrix naturae - the healing power of nature [...and quoting Langley, S. (ND ?) naturopathy is a view wherein] medicine, religion and science [...are] intimately related and man [...is] seen as a whole - a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being. The same vital force or chi (qi) that made up the universe and nature flowed through man and it was his dislocation from this source that caused illness. Early naturopaths realized that if you could restore the vital force to the patient, the body would naturally heal itself: 'the body has this capacity to heal itself if given the right conditions and naturopathy, along with acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine, and most other holistic modalities subscribes to this basic understanding of the body’s own innate intelligence' [...] living in our modern times with all its concomitant stresses that seek to strangle the life force in our bodies";
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[in "A Naturopathic View on Cure"]
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"naturopathic philosophy and the vital force: western medicine and naturopathic medicine vary simply because of the philosophies that both take in to account when they treat. One of the major differences in the two is the recognition in naturopathic practice of the presence of a vital force. The vital force is a concept that has been used through all of the age-old observational medicine treatments. In India it is known prana, in China chi and in Japan ki [...] the vital force is the energy that defines something as alive or dead [...] the very energy of which we are linked to, that enables us to be alive and to be conscious as a human being. A corpse is made of exactly the same mechanics as an alive person, but the life has left it, and as of yet there is no way that we can bring back the vital force, or the essence of that person once it has left the body. This view is not religious [!!!] or denominational [...] the healing power of nature: another principle that natural medicine takes in to account when treating a person is that the vital force intrinsically has the power to heal the body if given the right conditions. [...] symptoms of disease in the body are viewed as the ultimate act of intelligence on the level of the vital force. The vital force creates symptoms in the body as an expression of trying to keep itself alive. From minor symptoms like a runny nose, to more complex symptoms like cancer, the vital force in essence is trying to keep damage to a minimum. This may sound strange, as a thought may be how is the vital force keeping damage to a minimum when a person has pathology such as cancer? The answer to this question is that the vital force is doing the best it can to try and keep the person alive. Even though sometimes the suffering of a person may be terrible, it is still the vital forces way of protecting the individual from death [...] when watching for cure, the body will let go of symptoms in organs that are most important to the functioning of the body, as this is the greatest threat to life force [...] the body can regain the functioning of higher functioning organs, enabling less threat to the vital force [...] as the vital force of a person gets stronger and is able to heal itself from pathology, diseases that the body has suppressed due to worse symptoms may arise as they come out of the body [...etc.]";
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[in "Naturopathic Principles"{Langley, S. (ND ?}]
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"[are] 1. vis medicatrix naturae - the healing power of nature. There is a vital force or life force that, given the right conditions, will self-heal or self-correct. The vital force is stimulated by factors, which promote health and suppressed by excesses and deficiencies. For example, the body will heal a wound, absorb an ulcer and mend a bone [...] 11. ailments should not be suppressed. Symptoms are there for a reason and are manifestations of nature's healing force. A naturopath will encourage the body to promote its innate healing abilities";
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[in "The integrated treatment of cancer in Chinese Hospitals"]
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"[by McGrath] Chinese herbal medicine treats the whole person. It pays special attention to nourishing the qi, the vital force, in order to boost the patients innate ability to fight disease, both physically and mentally [...] in Chinese medical theory, the digestive system transforms food into qi. If surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy interferes with the digestive function, it will therefore undermine the production of the vital force [...] there are many dozens of Chinese herbs that soothe the digestion, and promote the production of qi";
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the College of Naturopathic Medicine UK states:
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(a composite page of most of the following individual web pages is available here,
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[in "Natural Health March 2015" (2015)]
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"naturopath Amanda Banks, who trained with CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) [...] Amanda says: acupuncture is an ancient therapy which involves the insertion of fine needles into points located on channels running through the body, where an energy known as qi flows according to traditional Chinese medicine. After a consultation with you,the acupuncturist carefully chooses the most appropriate points of your body for needle insertion. The objective is to balance your qi";
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[in "So You Want to be an Acupuncturist?" (2015)]
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"the Chinese theory is applicable to any western pathology and the theory is interested in the production and movement of our body fluids, in particular our 'qi' (natural energy) and blood";
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[in "What is Naturopathic Acupuncture?" (2015)]
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"all CNM Acupuncture students are educated about the importance of Nutrition. Acupuncture works by treating the 'qi', or 'vital force', but if the diet is poor, the Acupuncturist has much less qi to work with";
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[in "CAM Magazine" (2015)]
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"all (NM acupuncture students are educated about the importance of nutrition. Acupuncture works by treating the qi or vital force: However, as the Yellow Emperor explains, qi is produced by the food one eats";
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[in "The Naturopathic Advisor" (2015)]
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"with over 70 billion people worldwide suffering with some form of digestive problem or irritability, it is no wonder why our life force, chi or energy is on the decline";
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[in "Chinese Diagnostics" (2015)]
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"the shen in TCM is known as our spirit; it is the life force that shines from our eyes that
shows we are truly alive"; 
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[in "Stress and Acupuncture" (2015)]
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"‘naturopathic acupuncture’, which CNM teaches [...] with acupuncture, tiny needles, only around the width of a hair, are gently inserted into specific points on the body in order to regulate the flow of 'qi'. Qi, denoting 'energy', refers to our life force. According to TCM principles, when you are healthy your qi is strong, and flows smoothly, but if it becomes weak, or there are blockages in its flow, then you begin to experience poor health";
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[in "Natural Health 2013 Heart" (2015)]
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"your heart is arguably your most important organ. Not only does it nourish the cells in your body with life force every time it beats, it represents our very essence as living beings";
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"the power of acupuncture[...] it works by releasing blockages to the body’s 'qi'. Qi is energy, or the 'life force', which flows through energy pathways in the body. Modern research suggests that qi may be a form of bio-electricity";
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[in "Homeopathy" (2013)]
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"[with homeopathy] it is thought that the processes of preparation somehow imprint a characteristic energy pattern or blueprint of the substance onto the water in which they are diluted [...] however, in order for these external factors to cause a disease the individual must possess the susceptibility - his/her vitality must be weakened.  Vitality is synonymous with energy – the more energetic one feels, the greater the vitality is.  If you feel mentally alert and are physically active, you have a strong vital force.  If you are vitally strong then you are less susceptible to disease forces.  You are more immune to actions of viruses, bacteria’s, parasites, seasonal changes and stress – you fall ill less often [...] according to the homeopathic way of thinking, a disease originates from the disturbance of this 'vital force' that sustains life, which can be considered as the 'engine' of a person, the physical or mental vigor, the capacity to live.  As the origin of the disease occurs on an energetic level it needs an energetic therapy, such as homeopathy, to meet this level.  There are other energetic therapies such as herbal medicine [...] the vital force is also influenced by the food one eats, the exercise one does, medications, the function of organs, environmental factors and stress.  A happy person who loves life, who contributes positively to life and who has aims in life, supports this vital force.  A person, who is critical and does things he/she shouldn’t do, reduces their vital force [...] it is the skilled homeopath who will prescribe the right medicine in the correct strength to grow the vitality of a patient, which then balances organ functions.  [...] the homeopathic remedy gives the energetic impulse to the body to heal itself and to bring it back into harmony. A homeopath does not treat symptoms but the vital force of the person";
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[in "Health Articles" (2013)]
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"what is naturopathy? Stephen Langley, ND: naturopathy or nature cure is underpinned by a fundamental principle: vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature [...] naturopathic principles: Stephen Langley, ND: 1. vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature: there is a vital force or life force that, given the right conditions, will self-heal or self-correct. The vital force is stimulated by factors, which promote health and suppressed by excesses and deficiencies";
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[in "CNM Prospectus" (2013)]
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"homeopathy [...] someone who is mentally alert and physically active has a strong vital force and is more immune to the action of viruses, bacteria, parasites, seasonal changes and stress, so they fall ill less often [...] it is the appropriateness of the remedy to the individual which stimulates the vital force and promotes good health [...] acupuncture and naturopathy: the energy flow ('qi') is produced by the food one eats and the better the diet, the more 'qi' a person has [...] the acupuncturist has much less 'qi' to work with [...] working with 'qi'";
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[in "Acupuncture Diploma Course (BAAB Accredited)" (2013)]
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"this unit gives an understanding of the basic concepts of Chinese medicine, including yin/ yang, qi, five elements, causes of illness (including diet, emotions, stress, climate). It gives a fresh and revealing insight into the forces which shape our lives [...] qi kung [...] acupuncture works by treating the 'qi', or 'vital force' [...] as the Yellow Emperor explains, qi is produced by the food one eats. If the diet is poor, the acupuncturist has much less qi to work with";
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[in "UK and EU Students - Acupuncture Diploma Course" (2008)]
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"acupuncture has an extraordinary ability to change people’s lives. It works by releasing blockages to the body’s 'qi.' Qi is energy, or the 'life force,' which flows through energy pathways in the body. Modern research suggests that qi may be a form of bio-electricity";
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[in "Naturopathic Principles" (2007)]
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"[via ND Langley] vis medicatrix naturae - the healing power of nature. There is a 'vital force' or 'life force' that, given the right conditions, will self-heal or self-correct. The vital force [etc....] ailments should not be suppressed. Symptoms are there for a reason and are manifestations of nature’s healing force";
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[in "The Integrated Treatment of Cancer in Chinese Hospitals" (2007)]
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"[by McGrath] Chinese herbal medicine treats the whole person. It pays special attention to nourishing the qi, the vital force, in order to boost the patients innate ability to fight disease, both physically and mentally [...] in Chinese medical theory, the digestive system transforms food into qi. If surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy interferes with the digestive function, it will therefore undermine the production of the vital force [...] there are many dozens of Chinese herbs that soothe the digestion, and promote the production of qi";
.
(click here,
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[in “A Naturopathic View on Cure” (2007)]
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“[via ND Langley] naturopathic philosophy and the vital force. Western medicine and naturopathic medicine vary simply because of the philosophies that both take in to account when they treat. One of the major differences in the two is the recognition in naturopathic practice of the presence of a ‘vital force’. The vital force is a concept that has been used through all of the age-old observational medicine treatments. In India it is known prana, in China chi and in Japan ki. In essence, the vital force is the energy that defines something as alive or dead. It is the very energy of which we are linked to, that enables us to be alive and to be conscious as a human being. A corpse is made of exactly the same mechanics as an alive person, but the life has left it, and as of yet there is no way that we can bring back the vital force, or the essence of that person once it has left the body. This view is not religious or denominational [!]; it is a pure observational theory, which the traditional Chinese practitioners have worked with the concept of for thousand of years [!...] the healing power of nature. Another principle that natural medicine takes in to account when treating a person is that the vital force intrinsically has the power to heal the body if given the right conditions. For example, if given the optimum conditions, the body will mend a broken bone, heal a cut and even grow back parts of organs. Symptoms of disease in the body are viewed as the ultimate act of intelligence on the level of the vital force. The vital force creates symptoms in the body as an expression of trying to keep itself alive. From minor symptoms like a runny nose, to more complex symptoms like cancer, the vital force in essence is trying to keep damage to a minimum. This may sound strange, as a thought may be how is the vital force keeping damage to a minimum when a person has pathology such as cancer? The answer to this question is that the vital force is doing the best it can to try and keep the person alive. Even though sometimes the suffering of a person may be terrible, it is still the vital force’s way of protecting the individual from death [...] so how does a complimentary therapist measure and establish cure? A model known as Hering’s Law of Cure is used to measure the movement of health from pathology to an optimum view of health [...] when watching for cure, the body will let go of symptoms in organs that are most important to the functioning of the body, as this is the greatest threat to life force [...] as the vital force of a person gets stronger and is able to heal itself from pathology”;
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[in "CNM Acupuncture Specialist Diploma Study Course" (2006)]
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"acupuncture has an extraordinary ability to change people’s lives. It works by releasing blockages to the body’s 'qi'. Qi is energy, or the 'life force', which flows through energy pathways in the body. Modern research suggests that qi may be a form of bio-electricity";
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[in "What Is Naturopathy?" (2006)]
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"[mainly via ND Langley] naturopathy or nature cure is underpinned by a fundamental principle: vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature. This was made clear twenty-five centuries ago [...by] Hippocrates [...] medicine, religion and science were intimately related and man was seen as a whole-a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being. The same vital force or chi (qi) that made up the universe and nature flowed through man and it was his dislocation from this source that caused illness. Early naturopaths realized that if you could restore the vital force to the patient, the body would naturally heal itself. The body has this capacity to heal itself if given the right conditions and naturopathy along with acupuncture, homeopathy and most other holistic modalities subscribes to this basic understanding of the body’s own innate intelligence [...] the suppressions brought about through living in our modern times with all its concomitant stresses that seek to strangle the life force in our bodies";
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the College of Naturopathic Medicine UK and Ireland states:
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[in "The CNM Acupuncture Specialist Diploma"]
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"acupuncture courses at the college of naturopathic medicine [...] why study acupuncture? Tao – wholeness. The power of acupuncture to restore the health of body and mind is increasingly recognized throughout the western world. Acupuncture has an extraordinary ability to change people’s lives. It works by releasing blockages to the body’s ‘qi.’ Qi is energy, or the ‘life force,’ which flows through energy pathways in the body. Modern research suggests that qi may be a form of bio-electricity. As well as relieving symptoms, acupuncture also works on a deeper level to help patients recover their physical and mental harmony”;
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Holistic Health College states:
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[in "What Is Naturopathy?"]
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"the fundamental principle of naturopathy is the healing power of nature. Naturopathy is a system of healing that places emphasis on health and how to promote it [...] the vital force is the foundation of naturopathic philosophy and the naturopathic therapist seeks to create the most favorable conditions to stimulate and enhance this healing power. The vital force, the energy of life, is known by different names - in China it is ch'i or qi; it is ki in Japan and prana in India [...] disease is a manifestation of the vital force, applying itself to the removal of obstructions to the normal functioning of organs and tissues";
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the Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences[UK] states:
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“naturopathy also known as ‘nature cure’ is a way of life. The morbid matter theory, concept of vital force and nature’s healing tendency and other concepts upon which nature cure is based are already available in ancient vedic text which indicates that these methods were widely practiced in ancient India and various parts of the world”;
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Stonebridge Associated Colleges[UK] states:
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"the principles of naturopathy state that the body has the ability to heal itself by its vital force; disease is the resistance by this force to abnormal conditions in the body, disturbing the normal functioning of its organs and tissues";
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the University of Turabo states:
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[in "Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine"]
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"emphasis is placed on the six guiding principles of naturopathic care: 'the healing power of nature' [...] students learn about vitalistic medicine, the history of vitalism, the vital force in health and disease, the nature of medicines, and ways to affect the vital force";
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the American Medical College of Homeopathy states:
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[in "School Catalog, Effective Date 2008"]
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"homeopathic medicine is the heir to the [...] vitalistic tradition [...] principles of homeopathic medicine [...#3] energy medicine: all of life is energy. The deepest level of expression of any organism is its vital force [...] in disease, what needs to be cured is the mis-tunement of the vital force. Homeopathic medicines directly affects the vital force. They stimulate the self-healing power of the individual [...] provide treatment of the 'spiritual' vital force [...] spiritual vital force practitioner, vital force practitioner [...] department of homeopathic philosophy and history [...] philosophy 101 [...] the concept of vital force and energy medicine will be explored in depth [...] case analysis 202 [...] students learn to evaluate the strength of the vital force [...] philosophy and history 101 [...] the concepts of vital force and energy medicine will be explored in depth [...] philosophy and history 103 [...] concepts such as vital force will be further explored [...] philosophy and history dl101 [...] concepts such as vital force [...] will be explored";
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Anoka-Ramsey Community College states:
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"integrative health and healing […] IHH 1102 Energy Healing, 3 credits. Prerequisite: IHH 1100 Introduction to Holistic Healing is strongly recommended. Introduction to concepts and theories of energy, energy structures, bioenergetic auric field and the life force. Utilize the concept of the energy matrix to explain the energetic connection among individuals and the environment and examine the impact of energetic interactions and energy transfer on healing. Specific energy healing therapies will be discussed";
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AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine states:
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"I am passionate about understanding the naturopathic concept of the vital force ‘the vis,’ and the Chinese concept of ‘qi’";
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Arizona State University hosts:
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[NCNM's 2004-2005 catalog which states]
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"naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world and emphasizes the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing power of the body. Methods of treatment are chosen that respect the natural healing process [...] the practice of promoting health through stimulation of the vital force [p.014...] HOM 510 Introduction to Homeopathy (2 credit hours lecture) this course introduces students to the principles and philosophy of classical homeopathy. Students will learn about vitalistic medicine, the history of vitalism, the vital force in health and disease, the nature of medicines, and ways to affect the vital force. Prerequisites: NPH 410, CLS 510 [p.027 etc.]";
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[Bastyr's 2004-2005 catalog which states]
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“NM5136. The Vis Medicatrix Naturae. 1.5 credits. Naturopathic medicine’s core principle, the vis medicatrix naturae […] shared by traditional systems of medicine throughout the world […] the vital or life force […] the course introduced the clinical application of techniques to restore health, prevent illness and optimize wellness by respecting and augmenting the vis medicatrix naturae [p.103…] NM9118 Energetics of Natural Medicine. 0.5 credits. This course present an analysis of the vital force, the emergence of shape, a redefinition of disease […] prerequisite: NM6804[clinic] or NM7115[naturopathic clinical theory p.107]";
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Arizona State University School of Social Work states:
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"naturopathic: bases it’s teachings on the premise that living things have an innate ability to heal themselves. Our vital force promotes self-cleansing, self-repair, and therefore self-healing [...] the body’s natural capacity for health [...] the body's self healing ability";
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California State University, Fullerton states:
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"naturopathic medicine is [...] emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage the person's inherent self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae [...] the following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice: [#1] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae): naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process [...] acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process";
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Colorado State University states:
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"naturopathic medicine is [...] emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process [...] naturopathic medicine is based on the following principles: [#1] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)";
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Columbia University’s Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states:
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[in “What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?”{Muehsam, P. (MD ?)}]
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“complementary and alternative medicine is worth exploring as a source of both new treatments and new perspectives on health and disease, and for approaches to reinforcing the individual's ‘life force’ […including] acupuncture / acupressure, ayurvedic medicine, biologic […] chiropractic […] energetic therapies, homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy […and] traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated from taoism some 4,000 years ago […] central to this ethos is the notion of qi, usually translated as ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force.’ Qi encompasses that which distinguishes life from death, animate from inanimate. Although considered to be the substantive element in living systems, qi permeates all of space […] western herbalism […] tonics (supportive of vital energy)”;
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Energy Medicine University states:
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"history of holistic and energy medicine [...] the field of energy medicine [...] 'life force' or 'elan vital' are commonly found in the discourses of energy medicine. From taoist alchemy and Chinese medicine comes the principle of chi [...] from yogic Hinduism comes the breath or prana, and the principles of multiple energy vorticies in the body -- the chakras [...] these ecumenical and syncretic endeavors that are loosely allied around the concept of energy [p.019...] reiki / therapeutic touch [...] a Japanese practice that trains practitioners to access the 'Buddha / Christ universal healing energy' [...] Krieger [...] created an American version called therapeutic touch. She learned some basics of spiritual healing from theosophy. She introduced this concept of spiritual energy, which she referred to as 'prana' [p.021...] the American Board of Holistic Medicine took an enormous leap for Western medicine putting aside the rationalistic / scientism [!] model for understanding the human condition moving into the current transitional approach in holistic medicine research [...per 2000] 'optimal health is the unlimited and unimpeded flow of life force energy through body, mind and spirit [...] this energy is unconditional love. It is also called chi (Chinese), ki (Japanese), prana (Sanskrit), and chai (Hebrew)' [p.025...] EMP 733 and EMP 833: Intuition Medicine Counseling: Energy Anatomy (3 credits) [...] topics [...] aura, life force and earth energy healing; chakra system [p.064...] EMP 742 and  EMP 842: The Biofield: Scientific [!] and Philosophical Concepts of the Human Energy Field in Health and Healing (3 credits) [...] the elan vital, chi, prana, and other bioenergy and biofield concepts [p.073]";
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The Galway College of Homeopathy [IRE] states:
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[in “Introduction to Homeopathy”]
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vitalistic medicine. Homeopathy is a form of vitalistic medicine, recognizing that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. Minute doses of a similar substance are used to stimulate this healing ability”;
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Latrobe University [AU] states:
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"naturopathy is [...] underpinned by a philosophical perspective which recognizes that all living forms possess a self-regulatory, inherent ability for self-healing. This inherent ability, or vital force, operates in an intelligent, orderly fashion. Naturopathic approaches to health care are aimed at supporting and enhancing the [this] self-healing ability";
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Metropolitan State College of Denver states:
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[in "Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine"]
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"[Rissman, S. (ND )] principles of naturopathic medicine [...] the healing power of nature [...] the healing power of nature / vis medicatrix naturae [...] naturopathic medicine harnesses the vast potential of the natural world to stimulate the process of healing";
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[in "Careers: Naturopathic Medicine"]
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"correcting the imbalance often allows the body to heal itself";
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New York University states:
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"the defining principle of naturopathy is vis medicatrix naturae, or nature’s healing power";
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the Ohio State University Medical Center states:
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“key principles in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are that both wellness and illness result from an imbalance of yin and yang. Yin refers to the feminine aspect of life: nourishing, lower, cool, deficient, inside, receptive, protective, soft and yielding. Yang is the male counterpoint: hard, dominant, energetic, upper, hot, excessive, outside and creative. The movement between these opposite forces, named qi, is considered to be the essential element in the healing system of TCM. It is best thought of as energy becoming manifest, a vitalistic force that flows ceaselessly through the meridians, or energy channels of the body. Imbalances in the flow of qi among the meridians, organs and five elements is the cause of disease, pain and susceptibility to illness”;
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the Oregon Health and Science University states:
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[in "Naturopathic Medicine: The Basics"(2005-]
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"[per Meletis, C.D. (ND NCNM 1992){former NCNM dean of naturopathic medicine; 2003 naturopathic physician of the year}] Oregon CAM course at OHSU [...] naturopathic medicine - the basics [...] vital force: the inherent ability of the body to heal and regain life sustaining homeostasis. An individual's ability to heal is dependent upon the quantity of vital force present at the time of onset and during the course of an illness. The greater the vital force the more able the body is to heal with minimal external intervention [...] vis medicatrix naturae - simply defined as the healing power of nature. It speaks to the belief that the body has been instilled with the innate ability to heal. It is thus the goal of the physician to support and bolster the vital force, and ideally doing so first and foremost with nature cure techniques and then progressively more aggressive interventions [...] germs are not the true cause of illness; rather it is a matter of susceptibility. Thus if a host subject is well nourished and possesses sufficient vital force, they can be exposed to a pathogen and shall not get ill. Hence, suggesting that indeed germs do not cause illness rather weaknesses within the host is the cause of disease";
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[in "What is Naturopathic Medicine"(2006-)]
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"naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world and emphasizes the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing power of the body. Methods of treatment are chosen that respect the natural healing process [...] the healing power of nature. Vis medicatrix naturae. The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician's role is to facilitate and augment this process [...] respect and cooperate with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment, and counseling";
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[in "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Chinese Medicine"]
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"Chinese medicine's basic concept is that a vital force of life surges through the body (also called qi). Any imbalance to this life force can cause disease and illness, according to Chinese medicine. The imbalance, in turn, is caused by an imbalance in the opposite and complementary forces that make up the life force, called yin and yang";
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[in "Oregon CAM Course at OHSU: Naturopathic Medicine - The Basics"]
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"10 vocabulary words used In naturopathic medicine as defined by Chris D. Meletis, N.D.: vital force - the inherent ability of the body to heal and regain life sustaining homeostasis. An individual’s ability to heal is dependent upon the quantity of vital force present at the time of onset and during the course of an illness. The greater the vital force the more able the body is to heal with minimal external intervention [...] vis medicatrix naturae - simply defined as the healing power of nature. It speaks to the belief that the body has been instilled with the innate ability to heal. It is thus the goal of the physician to support and bolster the vital force, and ideally doing so first and foremost with nature cure techniques and then progressively more aggressive interventions [...] germ theory - it is believe by some physicians that germs are not the true cause of illness; rather it is a matter of susceptibility. Thus if a host subject is well-nourished and possesses sufficient vital force, they can be exposed to a pathogen and shall not get ill. Hence, suggesting that indeed germs do not cause illness rather weaknesses within the host is the cause of disease";
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Portland Community College states:
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"naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world. This is evidenced by its emphasis in treating disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing power of the body. Chosen methods of treatment respect this natural healing process";
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[in "Transfer Guide: National College of Natural Medicine 2010-2013" (2014)]
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"the practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing.
These principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession: [#1] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae: the body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process [...#3] first do no harm, primum no nocere: the process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal
itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process. The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of vis medicatrix naturae";
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the Renascent College of Intuitive Sciences states:
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"natural healing uses as its model for health the idea of the vital force’ or qi [...] and endeavors to balance this energy";
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the St. Francis College of Animal Homeopathy states:
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“syllabus – foundation course. Module 1 [...] vital force [p.009...] diploma animal homeopathy [...] principles of vital force [p.012...] homeopathy works to stimulate the vital force to produce optimum health and well being, and is not a practice of veterinary medicines such as diagnosis, prognosis or treatment of disease [p.015]”;
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“syllabus – foundation course. Module 1 [...] vital force
[...] diploma animal homeopathy [...] principles of vital force";
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[in "St Francis College of Animal Homeopathy"]
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"we love using this wonderful healing tool.. gentle, caring and nurturing energy medicines that bring about restoring the vital force - once again!";
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Stony Brook Medicine [Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook School of Health Technology & Management, Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook School of Nursing, Stony Brook School of Social Welfare, Our Outpatient Care Sites] states:
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[in "Alternative Therapies"]
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"naturopathic medicine treats health conditions by utilizing the body’s inherent ability to heal. Naturopathic medicine is not a single modality of healing, but an array of healing practices including; diet and clinical nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, therapeutic exercises, spinal and soft tissue manipulation, light therapy, therapeutic counseling, and pharmacology [...] acupuncture alleviates pain and can increase immune response by balancing the flow of vital life energy throughout the body. It originated in China over five thousand years ago and is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of qi, the vital energy present in all living organisms [...] qi circulates in the body along twelve major pathways. These pathways are called meridians and each is linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. There are over one thousand acupoints within the meridian system that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of qi. When special needles are inserted into the acupoints (just under the skin), they can help correct and rebalance the flow of energy [...] homeopathic remedies [...] the objective is to stimulate the bodies own immune and defense system to initiate the healing process [...] reiki is a popular method of natural healing based on the application of what is called the 'universal life force energy'. It uses the hand of the healer to channel energy to another person through chakras or energy centers";
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Transylvania University[US] states:
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"naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition of medicine in the Western world, emphasizing the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person. Methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient's vital force, respecting the intelligence of the natural healing process";
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the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension states:
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[in "Vis Medicatrix Naturae: The Healing Power of Nature"]
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"Debra Brammer, N.D. [Bastyr 1992; also here], is a naturopathic physician and chair of the college's department of botanical medicine. Her practice is based upon the principle of vis medicatrix naturae, 'the healing power of nature'";
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University of California, San Francisco – Center for the Health Professions states:
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“plan: the naturopathic physician develops a specific written health plan for each patient which is […] based on naturopathic principles including: a. stimulating the patient’s vital force to promote healing, or in special instances, supplementing or replacing the action of the vital force when the patient is unable to respond to curative treatment [p.091…] evaluation […] a discussion of naturopathic considerations would include: tolle causam, vis medicatrix naturae or vital force [p.093]”;
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the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center states:
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"naturopathic medicine is a philosophy[...] that the healing power of nature cures and that the body knows what to do to cure itself. To remove obstacles to cure and support the body's own healing mechanisms [...] to promote the body’s intrinsic healing ability. Homeopathic medicine is described as 'energy' medicine [....that] stimulates the body to heal the imbalance, working with the person’s vital force [...] 'we are too reliant on over the counter drugs to cure us, which can tend to mask the true cause of the illness' [...] over the centuries, we have moved from nature in medicine to scientific based medicine in treating patients [...] a naturopathic physician deals with women differently. They search for the cause of the disease instead of treating symptoms [...] 'I believe we have lost our connection with spirituality and have no spiritual approach to health along with relying on drugs far too much,' said Dr. Hatami";
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the University of Iowa’s Hindu Students Council states:
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[in "Welcome to HSC @ The University Of Iowa…Glossary of Hindu Terms"]
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"prana -- breath or life force";
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the University of Kansas states:
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"naturopathic medicine is derived from a Hippocratic teaching more than 2,000 years old: vis medicatrix naturae - nature is the healer of all";
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the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing's 'Spirituality in Higher Education' Newsletter describes:
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[CAM vitalistic holism as a KIND of spirituality, obviously...sectarian; subtle another word for 'imaginary']
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the course "N320H: Holistic Health and Complementary / Alternative Medicine" wherein an objective is to "explain health from the vitalistic perspective of subtle energy dynamics" ;
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the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s New Jersey Medical School’s Cross Cultural and Integrative Medicine Interest Group states:
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“acupuncture […] the therapeutic goal is to restore the balance of qi, vital energy, in the body. Qi flows through channels called meridians […] energy medicine is the study of the human energy field, the flow of energy in the body, and its effect on health. For thousands of years, across numerous cultures, it has been believed [!] that the body consists of a vital life force referred to my many names, such as qi (China), prana (India), or ki (Japan) […] this energy flows through the body in patterns. Any disruption or blockage of this flow makes the body vulnerable to disease. The pattern of flow has been described as chakras, meridians, and etheric levels […] therapeutic touch, healing touch, and reiki are three common energy-based therapies […per the] placing [of] hands 1 to 5 inches above the patient’s body […with] the practitioner […] acting as a conduit for universal life force [which] rebalances the patient […] reiki is Japanese for universal life force energy […aiming] to channel universal life force energy […] the practitioner places his or her hands lightly on the patients in various hand positions acting as a conduit for universal energy […] homeopathy is a healing modality based on the law of similars: ‘like cures like,’ where the symptoms of illness are believe to manifest when the vital force / energy of the body is out of balance. Homeopathic remedies introduce a similar [spiritual!] agent to cancel [this! spiritual!] imbalance […] tai chi and qigong are modalities of Chinese medicine […per] maintaining the circulation of the body’s vital energy […and] balance the flow of vital energy along the meridians”;
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the University of Minnesota states:
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[in "Naturopathy"]
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"naturopathic medicine follows a number of key principles: the healing power of nature: the body has an inherent ability to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic physicians facilitate this healing process";
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the University of New Hampshire states:
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[in "Naturopathy"]
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"five fundamental principles of naturopathy: 1. the healing power of nature: naturopaths believe that the body has the power to heal itself, known as the 'vital force,' and that the physician is there to facilitate the process with non-toxic therapies such as homeopathic remedies and aromatherapy, that work with the natural healing forces present in the body";
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University of North Carolina states:
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[in "Concepts of Healing and Models of Care"]
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"the concept of 'life force' [...] described below are some fundamental concepts of healing contributing to today’s health care systems, including concepts such as the life force, magical power, naturalism, and vitalism, found in many CAM systems of care [...] the vitalistic concept of illness and health: while many of the ancient healing systems of Egypt, India, Tibet, China, and Greece subscribed to a life force that animated living things, a more specific theory of 'vitalism' emerged in the 18th century in Europe. This force was called 'the anima' or soul, which regulated body secretions and transmitted its powers through nerve and muscle fibers as 'nervous energy' (Whorton, 1999). Vitalism was also a societal and intellectual counter-reaction to the rapid growth in western society of scientific discoveries in anatomy, physiology, and chemistry [...] from the late 18th century onward, a variety of new approaches to illness and health based on vitalism appeared in western countries. Among them were hydrotherapy, homeopathy, chiropractic, magnetic therapy, and naturopathy—all based on the concept of assisting the body in self-healing [...] a reaction to the unpleasant, aggressive (often described as 'heroic'), and comparatively unsuccessful therapies of conventional medicine: cupping, bleeding, purging, and the use of dangerous medicines such as calomel, antimony, strychnine, and laudanum (opium), which were based on the old theory of disordered humors (Coulter, 1994; Berman,1978). In the late 1800s, about 20 to 30 percent of all practitioners in the United States were 'irregulars' offering vitalistic alternatives to conventional western medicine [...] most early societies linked the concept of a life force to religious and magical beliefs. Health and illness often were connected to deities and the supernatural. Thus, in ancient Egypt, the life force was Ra, Seth was the god of illness, and Isis was the goddess of health and fertility. Healers such as Imhotep (c. 2980 BC) were magician-priests who practiced a model of medical care that included magical divination [...] sungod Ra Egypt, Jehovah Biblical Israel, qi China, pneuma Greece, prana India [...] in this group of concepts, illness is considered a curse, bad luck, or an affliction brought on by a deity, the life force, an evil spirit, or a magical event [...] the human body was believed to have an internal life force, the qi [...] external deity or life force";
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the University of Puget Sound states:
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[in "Conventional and Alternative Western Approaches: Allopathy, Osteopathy, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Chiropractic {Resources: Weil, ch. 2, 3, 7, 13-23}"]
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"the philosophy of naturopathic medicine is based upon three basic principles. The first principle is that the body possesses the power to heal itself through its internal vitality and intelligence. This vital force is the foundation of naturopathic philosophy and all the naturopathic practitioner does is to create the most favorable conditions to stimulate and enhance this healing power of nature. The second principle is that disease is a manifestation of the vital force applying itself to the removal of obstructions to the normal functioning of organs and tissues [...] using natural therapies, to increase the vitality [...] homeopaths believe that a vital force or life energy is present in all organisms";
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the University of Utah states:
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[in "A Naturopathic Healing Center Portland, Oregon"]
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"naturopathic medicine is a branch of alternative medicine, which proposes that there is a healing power in the body that establishes, maintains, and restores health. Practitioners work with the patient with a goal of supporting this power [...] the practice of naturopathic medicine stems from six underlying principles of healing [...including] the healing power of nature [...] the Naturopathic Healing Center will focus on the healing powers of nature [...] the Naturopathic Healing Center will focus on the principles of naturopathic medicine. These principles are: the healing power of nature";
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University of Washington states:
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[in "Health Information: Acupuncture" (2012)]
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"acupuncture [...] is a part of traditional Chinese medicine dating back 5000 – 7000 years and is based on these ideas [...] qi [...] vital life force that flows through the channels to all the cells in our bodies [...] if qi is not able to flow because the body is out of balance or there is a blockage it may result in pain and other symptoms of illness [...] acupuncture is done with needles or by applying pressure to certain points which are along the meridians.  This causes a greater flow of qi to help release blockages and restore balance in the body.  This supports the body’s own instinct to heal itself and maintain health [...] How does it all work? The meridians are channels the qi flows through to every part of your body.  Many thousands of years ago Chinese doctors found that qi flows along fourteen major channels [...] the Chinese have made maps showing where the channels are.  They have found hundreds of points in these channels where qi can be accessed and produce a greater flow.  These points are called 'acupoints'. What happens when the flow of qi is blocked?: pain; weakened immune system; absence of health. A blockage can cause less qi in one organ or part and it may also cause more qi to build up in another part.  At the first visit an acupuncturist will diagnose and choose a treatment plan for 1 - 12 or more points to balance the flow of the qi. How does the flow of qi become blocked? Diet; dirty air or water; infection; disease in an organ like the liver; pain in muscle, bone, joint, or tendon; stress [...] the needles are fine, about the size of a human hair or a piece of thread.  Some people notice a slight tingling feeling when the needle makes contact with qi";
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[in "Health Information: Healing Touch"]
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"central to healing touch is the belief that a vital energy or life force flows freely through space and sustains all living organisms. In a healthy person, this energy is thought to flow in and out of the body in a balanced way. It is believed that illness results when the energy flow is out of balance. Practitioners of healing touch use their hands in an attempt to change a person's energy flow and restore health";
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[in "Complementary and Naturopathic Medicine in HIV Care"]
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"principles of naturopathic medicine: healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)";
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the University of Western Sydney states:
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[in "Naturopathy Patient Information Brochure" ()]
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"naturopathy is a healing art based on holistic principles in conjunction with vis medicatrix naturae- the healing power of nature [...] within this belief naturopathy aims to restore vitality through supporting and stimulating the bodies own healing mechanisms [...]
homoeopathy [...] the substances used are prepared in a unique way so that they correct the patient’s vital force [...] they are extremely safe and effective";
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Yale New Haven Health at Bridgeport Hospital states:
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[in "Naturopathy" (2016)]
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"naturopathy's main goal is to use the natural healing power of the body to fight disease, also known as the vis or life force";
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Yale Medical School states:
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[in "Naturopathy" (2015)]
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"naturopathy's main goal is to use the natural healing power of the body to fight disease, also known as the vis or life force";
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the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy states:
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[in “Courses: About the Course – Advanced Chronic Prescribing”]
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“Advanced Chronic Prescribing is taught by Andre Saine, DC, ND, DHANP who is a leader in the field of homeopathy […] the basis of medicine […] the vital force […] endogenous causes and factors (heredity vs. acquired predispositions, the untunement of the vital force) […] the question of miasm: concept of acute and chronic miasms as seen by Hahnemann: limitation of the vital force, evolution of chronic diseases, question of suppression, theory of healing with homeopathy”;
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Central Washington University states:
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[in “Alternative Medicinal Therapies” -- Hurley, C. (?{student?} ?) -- FCSN 444 “Medical Nutrition Therapy”]
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“[homeopathy...] also postulated that people possess a 'vital force' (similar to qi and prana) which was the organizing, enlivening energy that keeps people health. Remedies are [...selected to] challenge [the] vital force to a higher level to eliminate symptoms and promote healing [slide 19...] qi = life force. Invisible force that is believe to flow through all living organisms [...] illness / disease occurs when flow of qi is obstructed or excessive in area (disrupting yin and yang). Healing occurs when balanced [slide 27...ayurvedic medicine] great cosmic forces. (1) energy of life or life force called prana (similar to qi) manifests in nature as the working intelligence behind the movement of energy [slide 37]”;
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the Henderson Independent School District states:
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"vitalism - life is a supernatural phenomenon, beyond physical laws";

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"vitalism - belief in a life force outside the jurisdiction of chemical/physical laws";

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Homeopathic Educational Services states:
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“philosophy and principles of homeopathy. Homeopathic concept of disease and illness. Symptoms as defenses. Disease as syndrome. Infection as co-factors to disease. Vital force and dynamic and energetic concepts in healing”;

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Virginia Tech states:
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[in “Reiki at Virginia Tech” -- Fox, E.A. (? ?)]
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“terms related to 'energy:' aura; biological energy (Wilhelm Reich); chi, ki, qi (China, Japan); EMF (electromagnetic force); HEF (human energy field); huna (Hawaii); prana (India); spirit (Jesuit translation of Chinese 'qi'); vital force (homeopathy)”;
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