"Nature has provided us generously with everything we need to remain in good health." - S. Kneipp
The holistic thought of Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897) is still considered to be pioneering today for naturopathic methods of healing and contemporary preventive medicine. Throughout the course of his life, Kneipp developed knowledge about the curative effects of water and medicinal plants with his own findings into systematic teachings. The priest and naturopath created such a visionary concept of life that the person, his/her lifestyle habits and his/her natural environment are inextricably considered to be a balanced unit. In this concept, he closely linked together the elements water, plants, exercise, diet and balance. The name Kneipp thus does not only stand for scientifically established naturopathic products and applications but also for a holistic lifestyle.
"... an excellent agent for the healthy person to maintain his health and strength, it is also the first remedy for an illness; it is the most natural, simplest and - if applied properly - the safest agent. Water is my best friend and will remain so until I die." (Sebastian Kneipp)
"With every step we take in God's glorious natural world, we encounter new plants again and again which are extremely useful and therapeutic for us." (Sebastian Kneipp)
"Exercise increases the zest for life and helps a person by strengthening his body."
"As long as there is no radical change to our nutritional system, the severe damage which is making humanity ill cannot be corrected; on the contrary, it will become even worse." (Sebastian Kneipp)
"There is hardly a circumstance which can have a more damaging effect on health than the lifestyle of today. Balance must be found in order to strengthen overexerted nerves and preserve their strength; equilibrium must be established." (Sebastian Kneipp)
In the 19th century, Sebastian Kneipp revolutionized natural medicine. After he cured himself of his severe tuberculosis - which was considered at that time to still be incurable - through brief baths in the cold Danube, he began to occupy himself intensively with the health-promoting power of water and the healing effects of selected plants.