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Naturopathic medicine is used for most health issues? Some of the more common ones include:
- Fertility issues
- Digestive problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Chronic pain
More and more people in today’s society are seeking the benefits of alternative healthcare. Some believe that people are seeking alternatives because they are frustrated and disenchanted with conventional healthcare as conventional healthcare focuses on treating symptoms of dis-ease with a band-aid approach as opposed to treating the cause of dis-ease.
- Holistic healthcare, specifically naturopathy believes that symptoms are signs that there is an imbalance in the body and focus on healing the cause of the symptom and healing the whole person. Naturopathy is one of many modalities that can assist a person on their journey to good health. However, the field of naturopathy can be confusing if one does not understand how it is practiced.
- Naturopathy is a philosophy and a system of non-invasive healthcare that promotes and encourages healing naturally within an individual. Believing in the healing power of nature, naturopathy focuses on educating and counseling individuals on the various techniques that support this philosophy.
- Naturopathy uses natural substances, such as ;
- Botanical substances
- Non-manipulative bodywork
- Tissue manipulation
- Traditional naturopathy is naturopathy. As the names implies, it is the traditional form of naturopathy that has been used by traditional societies since the beginning of human life.
- The traditional naturopathic practitioner/consultant counsels people on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
- Traditional naturopathic practitioners/consultants receive their training from various programs such as mentorship programs, alternative health clinics and institutions, and/or private schools that focus on holistic health studies.
- They usually become certified by private /public institutions and then registered to practice naturopathy by the Ministry of Health.
- Naturopathic medicine is different from traditional naturopathy in many ways.
- Although it shares the belief in the philosophy of the body’s own healing powers, it is a system of medicine that is based on scientific research.
- Naturopathic physicians attend four-year graduate level naturopathic medical schools and are trained in basic medical science and conventional diagnostics. They acquire licenses to practice naturopathy.
- They are trained to diagnose and treat clients. Traditional naturopathic practitioners/consultants are trained to consult clients.
- Traditional naturopathic practitioners/consultants can be very skilled in teaching and educating people about good health and wellness.
- The healing techniques and methods that they use are effective in restoring balance and homeostasis within one’s body so that healing occurs naturally.
- Although they do not replace conventional medical doctors, they can be a workable adjunct or alternative to maintaining good health.
In many cases, you can use both conventional and naturopathic medicine to treat an illness. For example, naturopathic remedies may help ease the side effects of chemotherapy. But remember to tell your regular doctor about any naturopathic treatments you’re on. And, you should tell your naturopathic doctor about your conventional medications. That way, both providers can work as a team for your health.