Principles and Practice of Naturopathy (1925): Chapter 8

E.W. Cordingley, A.M., Ph.D.
September 15, 2004

For the sake of standardizing the practice of Naturopathy and expediting the handling of a considerable practice with the best results and at the same time with the least expenditure of energy, which becomes an important factor where a large practice is handled, I am hereby presenting an outline of what I consider an excellent “basic treatment” to be given to the majority of patients.

This “basic treatment” will be applicable to a large percentage of disorders, and, of course, other measures; can also be used as an individual case may require.

This is my suggestion of such a routine “basic treatment”:

1st. The Collins’ General Naturopathic Tonic Treatment.
2nd. Naturopathic Correction of Specific Lesions.
3rd. Spondylotherapy.

To obviate too frequent turning of the ,patient it will be well to finish the treatment on the back entirely before having him turn over. That is, apply the portion of the Tonic Treatment that is given with the patient in the proper position, then correct the lesions of the back and apply the Spondylotherapy. When you have finished on the back, let the patient turn over, and then complete the treatment. In this way you save time for yourself and effort for the patient.

Another thing I would like to mention. The beginner is likely to get the idea that, because I have described so man)’ methods of treatments, it is necessary to invest in a great amount of expensive equipment in order to go into practice as a naturopath, That is not necessarily the case. It is a mistake to assume that appliances of various kinds can take the place of a good, thorough manual treatment. The manual treatment must always be considered as the most important part of a Naturopath’s work. By it alone can he correct many of the lesions that he will find in joints, muscles and ligaments, and the Naturopathic

Tonic Treatment can be given only by the hands. Spondylotherapy can be applied, if need be, by placing the palmar surfaces of the first phalanges of the first two fingers of the left hand over the indicated transverse processes of a vertebra, and then can be concussed with the closed fist of the right hand. All the equipment that is absolutely essential is a well-padded treatment table, which table can be purchased quite reasonably, or made under the direction of the Naturopath.

If a certaain [sic] Iimited amount of money is available to purchase equipment after the treatment table and office furniture, such as five or six chairs, a library table, and a couple of rugs or congoleum carpets, are provided, then a small Faradic coil, and perhaps one of the less expensive galvanic machines, and a therapeutic lamp can be invested in, and with such an outfit the new Naturopath will be admirably equipped.

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