Naturopathic Medicine or Naturopathy: Understand the Uses, Ideology, Practice, Benefits

Naturopathic Medicine is a diverse form of primary health care. It is a practice of diagnosing, treating, and preventing illnesses. Naturopathy or Naturopathic medicine is characterized by the ideologies which inspires and determines its practice. The ideologies are based upon the factual observation of the description of health and disease and are continuously examined in the face of scientific development. Methods that are implemented are based on these ideologies and are selected based on the person individuality.

Uses of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is used for pain relief, stress reduction, maintaining weight, for higher energy levels, increasing fitness levels etc.

Understanding Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic practitioners are trained as physicians with various methods of diagnosis and treatment comprising of contemporary and conventional as well as scientific and practical methods.

The following 6 Ideologies form the basis of Naturopathic Medicine.

Nature’s Ability to Heal

The ability of nature to heal is the intrinsic healing process of living things which creates, maintains, and reconditions health. The role of a naturopath is to support, assist, and enhance the healing process by recognizing and eliminating barriers for good health and recovery and create a healthy inner and outer atmosphere.

Recognizing and Treating the Root Causes

It goes without saying that no illness occurs without a cause. The causes may come from many areas. The underlying root of the disease needs to be recognized and eliminated to facilitate full recovery. The body’s attempt to guard and recover itself is prompted in the form of symptoms. The naturopathy aims to cure the root cause of a disease than just contain the symptoms.

First Priority is Not to Harm

Naturopathic practitioners follow the following rules to make sure a patient is not harmed:

  • They utilize techniques which have minimal risk of harming an individual. The use of intervention is as less as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
  • As much as possible the physician avoids containment of symptoms as it may interfere with healing.
  • Naturopathic physicians work using the healing power of nature in mind for diagnosis and treatment.

Doctor’s Aim is to Educate

The main objective of Naturopathy is educating a patient and stresses the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own health. Naturopathic practitioners also identify and utilize the beneficial capability of the relationship between the doctor and the patient.

Treating a Person

The process of fitness of a person and a disease arise from a mixture of physical, genetic, and environmental among other aspects. Since it also includes spiritual health, physicians support people to follow their spiritual development. Naturopathic medicine realizes the balanced functioning of all the features of an individual as of utmost importance for good health. The multifaceted nature of health and illness needs a thorough approach to diagnosis and treatment. Naturopathic physicians treat a person keeping all these factors in mind.

Disease Prevention

The main objective of naturopathic medicine is to prevent a disease and obtain total health in patients. These objectives are achieved through patient education and promoting healthy living. The physicians analyze a person’s risk factors, genetic history, and vulnerability to diseases and then make necessary interventions together with the patients to prevent diseases. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes that a person cannot be healthy in an unhealthy environment.

How Is Naturopathic Medicine Practiced?

Naturopathic medicine gets its definition primarily by its basic principles. The methods and techniques that are used are based on these principles in conjunction with the requirement of the patient. The methods are selected from different sources.

The practice includes the following modalities: It utilizes all the tools of diagnostic testing to include clinical and laboratory testing. It also uses different imaging techniques. It uses nutritional medicine, medicines obtained from plants and animals. It also uses hygiene and measures used for public health. Also used are naturopathic manipulative therapy; electromagnetic and mechanical devices, ultrasound, therapeutic exercise; homeopathy; psychotherapy; acupuncture, intravenous therapy; prescription medicines.

Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Pain relief.
  • Avoiding frequent colds, flu, etc.
  • Long-term solution to chronic discomforts.
  • Slow down the progression of a degenerative disease process.
  • Weight maintenance.
  • Increasing fitness levels.
  • Increased energy.
  • To maintain emotional balance.
  • Stress reduction.

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Last Modified On: September 8, 2013

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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