Naturopathic medicine is frequently heard nowadays. Some people claim that it might be the greatest solution to overall wellness. Many individuals committed and trusted their health to Naturopaths who promises a path to safe treatment and prevention of other illnesses. However, naturopathy is still vague for others. Know more about naturopathy, which you can also consider as a weapon against the battle with menopausal symptoms.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine, also known as Naturopathy, is an approach of healing to overall wellness with the use of natural healing. It is a combination of the foundations of traditional treatment, and a philosophy that nature is the most adequate healer of human’s health complications.
Naturopathy is an integrated system of primary health care that points out more to the prevention of sicknesses. It involves identifying the underlying causes of the disease, and brings solutions by using the modern and traditional, empirical and scientific techniques. Samples of the techniques used are herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture, proposed diet and counseling. Naturopathy suggests not only treatments but more of acquiring a lifestyle for ultimate wellness.
Naturopathy is derived from the terms, “natura” (Latin = birth), and “pathos” (Greek = suffering) that means “natural healing”. The modern naturopathy that we know today got its roots from the Natural Cure movement of Europe. In 1985, John Scheel coined the term, and the “father of U.S. naturopathy”, Benedict Lust, popularized the approach. In the early 1970’s, the interest for Naturopathy has been revived in United States and Canada. Today, due to positive claims from people who have tried the particular treatment, naturopathy started to flourish in the market of health and wellness again.
Principles of Naturopathy
The approach of naturopathy can be more understood through its 6 principles:
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae):
Naturopaths believe that the body has its own inherent self-healing ability, which has a correct system and intelligent. Practitioners of naturopath identify what hinders this system and removes it to let the body heal itself freely and efficiently.
- Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam):
The naturopath doctor understands the underlying causes of the sickness rather than just eliminate of suppress the symptoms accompanied by the illness.
- First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):
Naturopath doctors make sure and choose the best way to avoid harming the patient. They utilize the methods and equipments that would lessen the risk for side effects; and they use the least force as possible. They avoid suppressing the symptoms, and they respectfully let the self-healing process of the body work.
- Doctor as Teacher (Docere):
Naturopathy involves counseling where the ND educate the patient of how to manage their health and encourage them to always choose the right decisions for wellness. Doctor-and-patient relationship is also vital for NDs, and they make sure they keep good ties with their patients.
- Treat the Whole Person:
NDs have a goal to heal the whole and every aspect of the being. This includes physical, mental, emotional, social, genetic, environmental, and many other branches of life as well as spiritual health.
Naturopath ensures the prevention of sickness by assessing the patient’s family illness history, and probable hereditary sickness from the relatives. After this, the ND will counsel the patient and provide ways to not acquire the potential illness that may hit the patient.
Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
NDs are well-trained practitioners who have a degree in Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from a 4-year graduate medical college. They went vigorous clinical trainings that include clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, psychology, and counseling. Naturopathy practitioners must acquire license from passing the board examination issued by country’s registered and official Naturopathy Association.
Your first visit to the ND will usually last from 1 to 2 hours, and the successive follow-up visits will take 30-60 minutes depending on your doctor. The ND will take time to know your condition and your desired health goal. The naturopath doctor will ask your health history, stresses, tobacco and alcohol use, and your diet. If necessary, your ND will perform several diagnostic tests and physical examinations to properly know your condition. He/she will also teach you how to handle your condition and provide tips to improve your health.
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Naturopathy Around the Globe
Naturopathic medicine is now being practiced worldwide. Organizations of naturopath doctors supported by World Health Organization are beginning to gain their strength and power of influence to modern healing. More and more people are becoming aware to this type treatment, and start to try the approach of holistic healing. The World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) is one of the global groups supported by WHO, which pursues the quality standard of naturopathic treatment. You can see the list of WNF members here, and know if you’re country belongs to the community. Options for joining are also found at the site.
Find the nearest Naturopathic Doctor in the US today by visiting The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. If you are living in United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Norway, South Africa, and Australia, you may find the nearest Naturopathic Doctor by browsing the naturopath directory provided by the General Council and Register of Naturopaths.
The Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association also provides an option to easily find the most available naturopathic doctor for you. All you need to do is fill-up the information sheet that requires your name, suburb, post code, and state, so your search could begin. Try the fill-up sheet by going here.
The directory of NDhealthcare.com is also another way to browse the naturopathic doctor that perfectly suites your need. All you need to do is enter your location and condition to begin your search. Try the search tool for your ND here.
Dr. Clark H. Hansen is one of the most trusted and well-respected Naturopath Doctors all over the United States. He has been in the same field since 1986, and practices his profession in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Hansen is the Medical Director and President of the Hansen Clinic of Natural Medicine, Aesthetics and Mesotherapy. In 1992, he co-founded the establishment of the first 4-year Naturopathic Medical School in Arizona, where he is also a professor of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Hansen is Naturophatic Doctor who engages in General Practice and could be classified as a Family Physician. He helps patients in all ages from new born to senior people. Dr. Hansen hosts his own radio program in Phoenix called, Vital Signs, and has been featured as a guest in many other radio programs and television shows. You know more about Dr. Hansen here.
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