With more and more people turning to alternative medicine and treatment options, there’s growing interest in naturopathy. It’s a solution that many people have benefited from and one that may continue to benefit many others. That said, it’s only natural to be curious about the details that surround it before committing to try it, and this article should help with that.
Understanding Naturopathic Medicine
To begin with, it’s a good idea to know the basis of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medicine is a healthcare profession that mixes the wisdom of natural remedies with the discoveries of modern science as far as health is concerned. This means that naturopathic doctors are actually trained professionals who have the training and recognized governing principles to keep them on the right path.
The Core Principles of Naturopathy
Naturopathy has a set of core principles that guide it to ensure that there’s a certain order to all treatments and health care solutions it covers. This results in a unified medical practice that’s carried out to prioritize mind, body, and spirit.
The Healing Power of Nature
The first principle of naturopathy is the healing power of nature since the field itself is dedicated to the study of nature’s healing powers. This makes naturopathic medicine one of the earliest forms of medicine, going back to a point in time at which it was well known that all living things are interconnected and dependent on each other.
Identify and Treat the Root Cause
Another core principle of naturopathy is to identify and treat the root cause of any given issue. This is not to say that symptom suppression is never applied, but it’s never used as the final solution after a diagnosis. Instead, any illness has its underlying cause discovered while existing obstacles are removed so that recovery can be made.
Prevention is Key
Naturopathy also has a core principle based on preventing illness and disease whenever possible. This way, pain and suffering can be drastically reduced, ensuring a generally improved quality of life for all who practice naturopathy.
Support the Body’s Healing Ability
Finally, naturopathic medicine places emphasis on the fact that the body is perfectly capable of healing and repairing itself in a majority of situations. For this to happen, there are various measures that should be taken in a bid to treat the whole person. As this is based on the principle that one’s health is dependent on the interconnectedness shared by the body, environment, and lifestyle, these are all considered in various treatments to make sure that they’re effective.
The Role of a Naturopathic Doctor
Naturopathic doctors, who are trained primary care providers as mentioned, play a few important roles. Their main role is to help patients get to the root cause of health issues that they may have. By taking into account a number of things, such as lifestyle, environment, and even diet, they help their patients find the root cause of their health issues and then give them a natural solution to ensure that they become whole in body, mind, and spirit.
Conditions Treated by Naturopathic Doctors
Since naturopathic doctors are essentially trained professionals, they can treat a number of health conditions, both acute and chronic. That said, naturopathic doctors can treat general health issues like headaches, colds, and asthma. They could also have specialized practices, including pediatrics, sports medicine, and men’s health or women’s health.
Integrative Therapies and Treatments
Integrative medicine is the term that’s used for the approach to health care that includes practices that aren’t a traditional part of mainstream medicine. Some of these are dietary supplements, yoga, meditation, wellness coaching, massage, and acupuncture. Naturopathy falls in this category as it makes use of a number of alternative solutions to health issues that may not include surgical intervention or medication, unless under completely unavoidable circumstances.
Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine offers a number of benefits which make it an attractive solution for people in need of a wholesome approach to health. One of these is that naturopathic doctors focus on preventing disease rather than waiting for it to strike before treating it.
Naturopathic medicine also takes a more personalized approach to treating various health issues rather than using a blanket solution for illnesses that have a similar appearance at the surface level. This takes into account all the details that impact a person’s health so as to get to the root of the matter.
Finally, the treatments that naturopathic medicine makes use of are non-invasive. Some of them are hydrotherapy, IV therapy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, and regenerative medicine treatments, among others.
Choosing the Right Naturopathic Doctor
There are a number of things that you ought to do to make sure that you choose the right naturopathic doctor. One of these is to check whether they have a naturopathic medical degree from a medical college that’s accredited.
You should also make sure that they have licensure, which they can only obtain after they pass the national board examination.
Finally, it’s a good idea to check whether they offer general services or they specialize in certain treatments or conditions.
What is a naturopathic doctor?
A naturopathic doctor is a professional who practices an alternative approach to medicine, focusing on the power of nature to prevent, diagnose, and treat various health conditions and illnesses.
Do you trust naturopathic doctors?
Yes, because they’re professionals with proper training and governing principles that ensure they follow safe and ethical practices.
Would you recommend becoming a naturopathic doctor?
Yes, because most graduates of naturopathic medicine open their own practices. A large majority who don’t do this are employed in under a year after they graduate.
DR. MICHAEL PTACK, ND
Dr. Ptack is a licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona where he focuses on primary care and functional medicine. He treats a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions… Read More