Using Naturopathy for Optimum Well Being
Naturopathic medicine, also known as naturopathy is an approach to healing that emphasizes the bodies own ability to heal itself and to unlock natures own healing power. Sometimes referred to as "natural medicine”, naturopathy is still a largely unknown and sometimes criticized way to support your own inner ability to achieve optimum well being.
Many refer to naturopathic remedies as a conglomerate of all other natural cures and remedies. This is true in many ways as it embraces a very wide variety of noninvasive techniques and therapies. Some of these are the now more well known “natural cures”., while some of these techniques are as simple as basic nutrition and stress reduction.
Common Therapies Used by Naturopathic Physicians Include:
- Botanical Medicine
- Nutrition Counseling
- Natural Stress Remedies
- Minor (non-invasive) Surgery
- Natural Childbirth
Some of the most common ailments treated with Naturopathy include:
- Excessive Fatigue
- ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
- The Common Cold
- Many, many more…
Because of the rise in natural therapies as a more accepted way to treat illness, the term naturopathic is less used. It is more common to hear the term in association with the professional naturopathic licensing and the practitioners who use it.
Certified naturopath doctors are certified by The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). Often these will be general practitioners who have been “classically trained” but have also seen the virtue of natural medicine. Nowadays, a licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year graduate level medical school and is educated in the same way as your typical MD.
What is a Visit Like?
Nearly all naturopathic practitioners will focus on the same areas during an examination. Initially, they will use diagnostic tests such as taking a blood sample and other widely known tests. At this point, they can decide the appropriate type of treatment that will be administered.
Generally, in addition to the recommended homeopathic remedy, it is likely that a natural nutritional supplement and diet structure will be recommended. You can then expect to return again for a follow up within 4 to 6 weeks of your initial diagnosis.
It should be noted that naturopathic methods are not always based upon what has been widely accepted in medical circles. However it is a manufactured myth that there is no firm scientific evidence to support the efficacy of these techniques. The natural revolution in healthcare continues to validate that these treatments are safe and effectual.
Another note worth pointing out is the importance of finding a certified practitioner, with whom you have the understanding that if you don’t respond to treatments, that you will be referred to a licensed physician.
Do your homework, get to know the practitioner and give Naturopathy a try. As they say, “The proof is in the pudding!”
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