The practice of naturopathy is as old as man himself. The commonality across world cultures is that we all used food, water and whole herbs for healing before the invention of modern medicine and the practice of intricate surgeries. In 1895, Dr. John Schell first utilized the term naturopathy to describe his holistic, natural approach to health and wellness, bucking the trends of the time of using “modern medicines” to “heal” patients.

Many different healing modalities fall under the broader realm of the title of naturopathy: nutritional counseling, homeopathy, iridology, aromatherapy, herbal therapy, hypnosis, massage and acupressure/acupuncture, magnet therapy, etc.

The mid-20th century saw a movement bringing alternative medicines and naturopathy to the forefront once again. This movement started along the East coast and has slowly made its way to encompass the country in its entirety. At this time, the practice of naturopathy is enjoying a period of growth and development among practitioners as more people seek out healthier alternatives to modern medicines and surgeries which often later prove harmful (and in some cases even deadly).

Practitioners of naturopathy abide by the Hippocratic Oath which insists upon the practice of ethical medicinal treatment–“Do no harm.” However, naturopaths are NOT medical doctors (although they are required to obtain degrees–and even licensure in some states). The naturopathic ideology only allows for the employment of modalities and techniques which are NATURAL in origin (i.e. the use of herbal remedies, changes in nutrition, sleep, meditation, exercise, etc.).

Like all naturopaths we, at Wholistic Wellness Associates, believe fervently in the body’s ability to heal and know that natural methods which include herbs, proper nutrition and exercise will promote healing within the body under even the most illness ravaged conditions. All naturopaths ultimately encourage these natural remedies in order to help clients maintain a state of homeostasis—or balance—within their bodies and their lives. Above all, we remind others that the body is a remarkable self-healing engine. Incredible as it sounds, your body WANTS to heal and by engaging in a lifestyle which restores balance your body will begin to return to its natural state of health! It is for this reason that we, as naturopaths, do not fall into the traditional trap of calling what we do “curing”. We help to encourage your body to do what it is naturally inclined to do…heal.

Naturopaths go straight to the cause of an illness. Instead of masking symptoms, as many medications are intended to do, naturopathic methods address the root of the problem. Naturopaths see clients as a “whole” and facilitate healing in the body by eliminating toxins and working with modalities that encourage your body’s natural latent healing to occur, whether that be through the use of herbs, acupressure, hypnosis, etc.

Because we, as naturopaths, see clients for the individuals they are, we realize that not every modality or herbal remedy will work for every person regardless of whether or not they are experiencing the same issues. Every body is different and requires a unique approach that is tailor made to complement that body’s natural healing abilities/tendencies.

We, at Wholistic Wellness Associates, believe that we are able toassist people in their healing by giving them the tools they need to make good health choices.

Dear Patty,

I would like to express my deep appreciation for the wonderful healing journey you afforded me. There was so much going on in my body that I was no longer in touch with myself. After my consultation (which was in itself so healing) I followed your instructions and it was a very short time before I began to feel better in my body and spirit. I have developed a new relationship with my diet and it was such an easy transformation. I love what I take into my body and my body is loving me right back! You are an amazing healer, and a fine human being. Keep up the good work.

- KD, Orange, NJ

Wholistic Wellness Associates, LLC

368B Chestnut Street
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 206-1399
Fax: (908) 206-1498

Patricia Pedersen, ND, CNC, MH, ACH
Robert Brienza, Master Hypnotist
Angela Roberts, Acupressurist