People of Germany: Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897) was a Bavarian priest and one of the forefathers of the Naturopathic Medicine movement. He developed the “Kneipp Cure” form of hydrotherapy, the application of water through various methods, pressures, and temperatures, which he claimed to have therapeutic or healing effects. Although most commonly associated with one area of Nature Cure, Kneipp was the proponent of an entire system of healing which rested on 5 main tenets:
* Hydrotherapy - Kneipp was able to heal many people with water * Herbalism – The use of botanical natural medicines * Exercise - Promoting health of the body through movement * Nutrition - A wholesome diet of whole grains, fruits & veg with limited meat * Balance - Kneipp believed that a healthy mind begot a healthy person
His book “My Water Cure” was published in 1886 with many subsequent editions, and translated into many languages. He also wrote “Thus Shalt Thou Live”, “My Will”, and “The care of children in sickness and in health”. His methods are still well-known and applied in spa towns around Germany. Fun fact: His recipe for whole wheat bread, called Kneippbrød in Norwegian, is the most commonly eaten bread in Norway.