Naturopathy is a system of medicine based on the healing power of nature. The basic principle of naturopathy is that the body has tremendous innate healing abilities and our systems will always attempt to overcome an illness and restore balance.
Naturopaths avoid methods that merely relieve symptoms without treating the cause, naturopaths seek to identify and treat the underlying cause. By identifying and removing the cause, the symptoms can be relieved rather than suppressed.
Naturopathic doctors consider a variety of factors before they diagnose and treat an illness. Diagnosis includes your mental, emotional, and spiritual state, your diet, your family history, your environment, and your lifestyle.
Naturopaths see themselves as teachers and try to teach patients how to take responsibility for their own health. This may involve suggesting nutritional, emotional, dietary or other lifestyle changes.
Some practitioners call themselves naturopaths, while others incorporate naturopathy into their other practices (medical, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc). When choosing a naturopath, try to find one who graduated from an accredited four-year program. They may be medical doctors, osteopaths, dentists, nurses or other health care professionals.
Treatment used in Naturopathy:
- Nutritional counseling. The goal of nutritional counseling is to teach the patient that diet plays a major role in our well being. The naturopath doctor teaches the patient on what kind of food to eat, for the body to become strong and be able to fight diseases.
- Rest and relaxation. The naturopath educates the patient on the importance of rest and relaxation, because adequate rest and relaxation is needed for the body to recuperate.
- Exercise. N.D teaches the patient about the importance of regular exercise and its many benefits for the body.
- Teaching of proper posture and correct breathing. Both posture and correct breathing are an integral part of self healing.
- Hydrotherapy (Water therapy) include drinking natural spring water, taking baths, and exercising in water, all of which are thought to stimulate and support healing and strengthen the immune system. A shower can be used to similar effect by changing the temperature, or cool splashes of water after a warm bath may be used. A specific form of treatment in hydrotherapy clinic is the use of sitz bath, a kind of hip bath, which works on the pelvic and abdominal areas, by sitting firstly in a hot bath then transferring to a cold one for a short time, as indicated above.
- Physical Medicine this natural approach to healing involves using touch, electric currents, sound waves to manipulate the muscles, bones, and spine and last by alternating hot and cold compresses, normally about 3-5 minutes if hot and up to 1 minute if cold, the local circulation can be strongly stimulated. For people who are considerably overweight it is often better just to use a cool compress, as this is less taxing on the heart.
- Detoxification therapy removes toxins from the body by using techniques such as fasting, enemas, and drinking water in large amounts.
- Spiritual counseling and Psychological counseling this is another important method of self-healing because most stress comes from too much negative thoughts. Naturopath teaches the patient to free whatever negative thoughts they keep in their mind.
- Using of Herbal medicine
- Homeopathic treatment
- Acupuncture treatment
Conditions wherein Naturopathy can help: asthma, muscle pain, allergies and arthritis, colds, flu and bronchitis, PMS, menopausal problems, stress related problems, insomnia, skin disorders and fatigue Some naturopath are also trained in natural childbirth.