Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Here doctors seek to enhance the body’s ability to ward off and combat disease by crafting comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical to treat disease and restore health.
Naturopathic treatment is individual based – every individual is treated uniquely. A person’s illness, medical history, habits, lifestyle and emotional state of mind is taken into account before a treatment plan is devised.
WHAT CAN IT TREAT?
- cardiovascular problems
- Fertility Problems
- Musculoskeletal Complaints
- MOOD DISORDERS
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Digestive Complaints
- High Blood Pressure
Up to 30% of world’s healthcare is delivered by conventional practitioners. The majority are treated by alternative forms of medicine.
“Naturopathy puts the medical pieces together in order to heal the whole person, not just the disease.”
6 PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
1. ASSESS RISKS, MAKE APPROPRIATE INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT ILLNESS.
2. TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON; CONSIDER ALL FACTORS IN TAILORING TREATMENTS.
3. EDUCATE PATIENTS & ENCOURAGE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR HEALTH.
4. SEEK TO IDENTIFY & REMOVE OBSTACLES TO THE BODY’S NATURAL PROCESSES.
5. FOCUS ON CAUSES OF DISEASE OR CONDITION’S.
6. MINIMIZE HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS & AVOID RATHER THAN ITS SUPPRESSION OF SYMPTOMS.
TYPES OF TREATMENT
NATUROPATHY CAN INCLUDE…
- HERBAL& BOTANICAL PREPARATIONS
- TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
- LIFESTYLE COUNSELING
- JOINT MANIPULATION
- THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
- DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
- NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING
Naturopathic treatment does not just treat the symptoms of a disease, but addresses the root cause of the disease. The course of treatment can take up to a month for every year that the patient has had the health problem. Patience and persistent following of treatment is essential.
Many natural products are supported by scientific evidence. For example, peppermint with the backing of strong clinical evidence has been proven to be effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome.
As a primary method of healing, Naturopaths believe in alternative methods, but will consider surgery and work in tandem with western medicine if the situation demands it.
Naturopathic treatments can work in combination with conventional treatments.
Naturopathy is safe under the supervision of a professional naturopathic doctor. A consumer buying a product off the shelf does not know what information or ingredients to look for, or whether the products used have been scrutinized for the highest purity standards, and therefore the role of a naturopathic doctor is even more essential.
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