Benefits of PSYCHOLOGICAL NATUROPATHY
Psychology is the study of the mind. By making various observations on mind action, psychologists have been able to deduce many rules and principles that aid us in our daily lives.
Practical psychology occupies a most novel field in the healing art, but the great quantity of fakes that has been foisted upon public in the past under the name of Psychology has already made this subject unpopular one with many.
The mind to a considerable extent can control the functional activities of the body. It is admitted by all careful investigators. It is well known that if a person starts out in the morning feels disgruntled and half-way "peeved" at things in general, he needs only to meet a good-natured friend who will crack a joke or two, and get him smiling, and immediately life takes on a different hue.
And vice-versa, if one is feeling quite well-satisfied with the world and with himself, and some long-faced pessimist whom he meets tells him of a particularly bad streak of luck that is headed his way, he will immediately lose his buoyancy and take on the appearance of having "lost his last friend."
Worry has been known to cause gray hair, and strong emotional excitement, has made nervous wrecks of people, who ordinarily had strong constitutions. States of mind are capable of producing such dire effects in people. It is for all Naturopaths to make use of the same principles constructively in their work of eradicating disease. We will lay down few simple rules which will assist in effecting a cure.
RULE 1: The more impressive the appearance of your clinic, the better able will you be of convincing your patient that you can help him. If your equipment is selected with care and well arranged in your office that it "stands out" prominently, you will have made the first step in getting control of the right mental attitude.
RULE 2: If your own appearance is neat, and you go about your work deliberately and confidently, showing in the way that you know what you are doing and understand your work, the patient will immediately gain feeling of confidence in your ability that will assist you.
RULE 3: Let the patient know what headway he is making, if there is any. If his heart sounds better than it did when he commenced treatments, tell him about it, and don't fail to impress upon him what a great improvement in his physical well-being his improved heart will eventually bring about. During his course of treatments put great stress upon how splendidly he is responding, and the more you get him thinking he is making good headway, the better headway he will make.
RULE 4: If you have a patient who is not responding well to treatment, or one who is hysterical (you know we all get such patients occasionally, who seem to take a special delight in being sick, or thinking they are, and who will not allow you nor anybody else to get them well) try to arrange to have that patient come at a time when there is no one else waiting. If a patient of this type sits in your waiting room and tells the other patients about his or her real or imaginary ailments, they may become discouraged and this will hamper their recovery too.
It is recorded in the Bible that even Christ was unable to do mighty works in his own country because of the disbelief of the people. Therefore, it is evident that you must get your patients to believe in you and your methods. They have some belief when they come to you, else they would not have come. So it suits you to increase that belief by every act of yours.
If a patient complains of pain in stomach, explain to him how your treatment is increasing the amount of nerve force or the quantity of blood to that organ, and how the trouble is being overcome. If he complains of constipation and you use mechanical treatment, or faradic or sinusoidal electricity, explain to him how the peristaltic action is being increased, and how the liver and intestinal secretions that you are stimulating are searching out and softening up the hardened accumulations of waste matter, and moving them along, thus leaving his intestines clean and purified.
If he has headaches of a congestive variety tell him how your treatments are faring. Let your patient visualize the improvement that is being brought about. If you do this you will multiply your ability to cure.