Principles and Practice of Naturopathy (1925): Preface

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

When, after the brief space of a few months, I found that a second edition of “Principles and Practice of Naturopathy” was called for, I realized very forcibly that this little book has been accorded one of the most favored receptions of any book ever written on drugless therapeutics. Not only have Naturopaths bought it in large quantities, but practitioners of other systems, both drug and drugless, have read it and recommended it to their friends. Laymen, likewise, have put its teachings into practice and have reported’ great success in treating members of their families when unfortunately overtaken by disease.

I believe this book has filled an evident need. Much has been said and written about Naturopathy; Naturopathic practitioners have come muchinto prominence within the past few years; and everybody seems to be more or less aware of the fact that practically every sanitarium of any importance in either Europe or America is Naturopathic in theory and practice, but relatively few understand the basic principles upon which this ancient and honorable healing art rests. I feel that this little book has therefore done considerable missionary work in acquainting a larger number of practitioners and laymen with an art and science which has endured through the centuries and which is now gathering such momentum that I readily predict that in ten short years more it will be universally recognized as the world’s greatest drugless healing art.

This second edition is a revised and enlarged edition. Some errors that crept into the first edition in the press room have been checked un on and corrected, while much new matter has been added to the chapter on Hydrotherapy. Naturopathy has really builded its reputation on the “water cure,” and this fact should not be lost sight of by present-day Naturopaths who may be inclined to disregard water applications because of the fancied trouble in making them.

I would like to express my appreciation to Dr. Benedict Lust, America’s pioneer Naturopath, owner of the “Yungborn” Sanitarium at Butler, N. J., and Editor of the “Naturopathic Magazine,” for many valuable suggestions, and to the American School of Naturopathy, and the National School of Naturopathy, for the large quantity of books of the first edition which they purchased for use in their classes.

E. W. C.
Clinton, Indiana
April 27, 1925.


In presenting this little treatise on the Principles and Practice of Naturopathy to the Naturopathic profession I have no apology to make. Although numerous books and special articles have already appeared that deal with various phases of Naturopathy, so far there has been none that has attempted a comprehensive survey of practically the entire field of our Science from a distinctly Naturopathic viewpoint as regards its own pathology and therapeutics. Consequently, I am offering my humble effort toward a fulfillment of an evident need.

I have attempted to make this treatise as thoroughly comprehensive and practical as possible, and to this end I have purposely refrained from going into details in some more or less irrelevant phases of the subject.

I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness for many valuable ideas contained herein, first to Dr. Benedict Lust, the untiring pioneer champion of Naturopathic practice in America, then to Dr. F. W. Collins, the famous scholar and doctor whom we all revere, for his kind permission to allow me to use his General Naturopathic Tonic Treatment in this work, next to Dr. Louis Blumer, the sincere benefactor of humanity, for his able classification of Naturopathy, and last, but by no means least, to Dr. J. E. Cummins, my old Naturopathic friend, who has given to the world many able Naturopaths, many of whom, I regret to say, not seeming to appreciate the debt of gratitude they owe to him.

After having studied practically all systems of healing, and graduating in many of them, I feel that I can say with some authority that Naturopathy is the greatest healing system the world has ever known. It is the most comprehensive of all, and the members of the Naturopathic profession I have found to be the most intelligent and broad-minded of any in the healing art.

I hope it will ever be thus, and that as time goes on, the Naturopath will in even a greater measure be capable to rendering the greatest possible assistance to the sick and afflicted.

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