What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a treatment that uses natural medicines to help the body heal itself. It includes a variety of therapies including herbal, massage, acupuncture, exercise and nutritional counseling.
Naturopathy was introduced to the United States from Germany in the 19th century, but some of the treatments date back centuries. Today, it combines elements of traditional therapies with modern science.
How Does It Function?
Naturopathy aims to treat the whole person, including body, mind and spirit. It also looks to treat the underlying cause of the disease, not just the symptoms.
A naturopath can see you for an hour or two. They will ask about your medical history, stress level, and lifestyle. You can request a lab test. Next, the naturopath will usually discuss your personal health plan. Naturopathy focuses on education and prevention, so naturopaths can offer tips on diet, exercise, or coping with stress. In addition to natural remedies, complementary medicine such as homeopathy, herbal medicine and acupuncture may also be available. You can also use tactile sensations such as massage and pressure to balance your body. This is called naturopathic manipulative therapy.
Who practices it?
You can find people in hospitals, clinics, community centers, and private offices to help you with naturopathy. They are sorted into three groups, all with different training and backgrounds.
• Naturopathic doctor:
These are also called Alternative Practitioners (ND) or Naturopathic Physicians (NMD). There they learn basic science like what one may learn in a traditional medical school. They also research nutrition, psychology, and complementary therapies such as herbal medicine and homeopathy. This means that they must pass an exam to practice and take Continuing Education courses.
• Traditional Naturopathic Physician:
These practitioners have not attended an accredited naturopathic medical school or been licensed. Their education is quite different.
• Healthcare Professionals; Medical Institutions:
Some doctors, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and nurses are trained in naturopathy. Many are ND or have experience studying natural medicine.
Before deciding on a naturopathic practitioner, ask about their education and training and your state’s licensing requirements.
Will it work for my condition?
Natural remedies are used for many health problems. Some of them are:
• Infertility issues
• Digestive problems
• Hormonal imbalance
• Chronic pain
• Chronic fatigue
In some states, a licensed naturopathic doctor can perform minor surgeries such as: B. Suturing small wounds. Certain medications can be prescribed. And they can also function as your primary care physician. Naturopathic physicians may receive added training in natural childbirth.
You don’t have to be sick to try natural remedies. It can be used to improve your health or prevent disease.
Do not use it for emergencies or issues that require a hospital visit, such as: Major surgery.
Inform the doctor
Some naturopathic treatments have side effects and risks.
• Dietary supplements (vitamins and herbs): Some of these can interfere with prescription medications.
• Spine Alignment: As part of a naturopathic manipulative treatment, your doctor may put pressure on your spine. Improper spinal adjustments may cause damage to arteries, nerves, bones and discs etc.
• Detox Diet: These treatments are designed to rid the body of toxins. This may include avoiding certain foods and fasting. Intermittent fasting may also be beneficial in supporting autophagy, which aids in cellular repaid and clearing out toxins. Let your doctor know if you’re thinking of trying dieting and/or fasting. They can make sure the treatment is safe and does not interact with other medical considerations.
Who can use it?
It may be a way for those who may not find relief from chronic illness through traditional medicine. In some cases, both conventional and natural medicines can be used to treat ailments. For example, natural remedies can help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. But don’t forget to let your doctor know about any naturopathic treatments you’re taking. And you should talk to your naturopathic doctor about your conventional medicines.