Naturopathy Is A Solid Alternative
Fed up and frustrated with doctor visits resulting in more prescriptions that end up making you feeling worse? You do have options on where to go for your healthcare. If you stop the craziness and sit quietly for a while, your options may emerge in your thoughts or through a serendipitous event right in front of you. The secret is to sit quietly so you can recognize the signs. Do this for each stressful situation and your health will begin to improve. Now, back to finding the right health care physician for you. Regardless of medical insurance restrictions and costs, the first step towards having quality health care is to start today taking responsibility for your own health care regime. Second, make an honest heartfelt choice to be well and live a happy life. Third, take the plunge and ask questions about alternative healing methods.
Naturopathy Offers Holistic Alternatives
Conventional doctors intend to heal patients but they are limited to the restrictions that govern their medical practices, which basically cures the symptoms of an illness, not the root cause of the illness. Conventional medicine is a must for emergencies and life threatening diseases. The controversy occurs over what is the best possible treatment for life threatening diseases and this draws the major divide between conventional medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (also known as CAM). Often it is recommended to use conventional medicine to take care of a disease or injury, then heal holistically with complementary and alternative medicine. Under the care of a naturopath (ND) you can have both camps on your side. Although NDs do not perform major surgery, they often confer with conventional doctors for optimal patient recovery care. A naturopath can provide complementary support for pain relief, bolster the immune system and make recommendations on proper nutrition to reinforce the healing process.
Naturopathic medicine works on the premise that humans are basically healthy and a person only becomes ill when there is chaos in the once organized bodily functions and systems. Understanding that the human body has the innate ability to heal itself, naturopaths use nature as a guide to lead the body back to its natural state.
A Naturopathic Doctor May Use Any Of These Therapies To Heal A Patient:
• clinical nutrition • botanical medicine (phytotherapy) • homeopathy • traditional Chinese medicine • ayurvedic medicine• naturopathic manipulation (bodywork) • hydrotherapy • lifestyle counseling and modification.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians lists the ailments naturopaths treat in acute and chronic conditions:
• allergies • arthritis • chronic pain • digestive issues • HIV • hormonal imbalances • obesity • respiratory conditions • heart disease • fertility problems • menopause problems• adrenal fatigue • cancer • fibromyalgia • chronic fatigue syndrome.
Naturopaths are trained in minor surgery such the removal of cysts or stitching up of superficial wounds, but they do not practice major surgery. NDs are also trained to prescribe drugs, but their emphasis remains on natural healing processes. Naturopathic physicians’ health and healing knowledge enables them to serve patients comprehensively for “whole” health care.
Benedict Lust, a German immigrant, introduced naturopathy in the United States. He was schooled in hydrotherapy and other natural therapies, and in 1901, he founded the American School of Naturopathy in New York. In the early years, naturopathy was widely accepted but experienced a decline after the American Medical Association deemed it was ungrounded in medical science in the 1940s. Naturopathy started to come back in the early 1970s with the rise of the holistic health movement. Since 2009, naturopaths can be licensed in 15 US states, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and District of Columbia, and two states (Washington and Vermont) require insurance reimbursements for treatments received by a licensed naturopath.
There are varying degrees of naturopathy training, and basically two groups of naturopathy practitioners – certified professionals or consultants and doctors of Naturopathic Medicine. Traditional naturopathy practitioners or consultants receive a certificate in traditional naturopathy and are allowed to practice in the United States. These certified professionals are not physicians. A naturopathic physician receives a graduate degree from an accredited school of Naturopathic medicine. Look for a qualified and experienced naturopath near you at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
If you’re unhappy with your doctor, it might be time to learn about complementary and alternative healing (CAM) and check out Naturopathy.
The Choice Is Always Yours!
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine