The vitalist philosophy was the perspective which predominated in scientific thinking in the
19th century and was used to explain the difference between living and inert matter. With
the rise of the scientific revolution and the emergence of biomedicine the vitalist philosophy
lost popularity. What is vitalism and the vitalist philosophy? How is vitalist philosophy
relevant to CAM practitioners today? Discuss the significance of this philosophical approach
to living systems in relation to naturopathy, western herbal medicine or nutrition.