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medicine treats health conditions by utilizing the body's inherent
ability to heal. This is a very safe, natural therapy which utilizes
the services of several different alternative medicine techniques
to heal prospective patients.
medicine encompasses a myriad of healing practices, including diet
and clinical nutrition; homeopathy; acupuncture; herbal medicine;
hydrotherapy; therapeutic exercise; spinal and soft-tissue manipulation;
physical therapies involving electric currents, ultrasound, and
light therapy; therapeutic counseling; and pharmacolgy. Used by
itself, naturopathy is virtually useless because it needs the other
alternative medicine techniques primarily for treatment and relief
of pathological symptoms.
age-old philosophy of naturopathic medicine is built around six
important principles which have their roots in Indian (Ayurveda),
Chinese (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Native American, and Greek
The healing power of nature and of the body to maintain and restore
health is well-respected.
A naturopathic practitioner must identify and treat the cause rather
than the effect.
First, a practitioner must do no harm to the patient. It is the
belief of naturopathic medicine that methods designed to suppress
symptoms without removing their underlying causes are considered
harmful; therefore, they are to be avoided or minimized. The onset
of symptoms is considered a natural fixture of the healing process.
Treat the whole person while keeping in mind the interaction of
his or her physical, mental, and emotional factors in causing disease.
Naturopathic medicine recognizes the integrity of the whole person
instead of just single organ systems or particular symptoms.
The physician is a teacher. The doctor-patient relationship has
a therapeutic value.
Prevention is the best "cure." Naturopathic physicians are preventive
medicine emphasizes the treatment of disease through the stimulation,
enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the
person. It is an art, science, philosophy, and practice of diagnosing,
treating, and preventng disease. Disease is seen as a manifestation
of the natural causes by which the body heals itself. Fever and
inflammation are regarded as the offshoot of the body's immune system
reacting to and dealing with either an invader or some sort of dysfuction
medicine grew out of the alternative healing movement of the 18th
and 19th centuries. It gained a foothold in America by the middle
of the 19th century as a result of the establishment of natural
springs and spas in the U.S.A. The early naturopaths attached great
importance to a natural, healthy diet. John Kellogg, a physician
and vegetarian, and his brother Will, along with a former employee,
C. W. Post, helped popularize naturopathic ideas about food, and
at the same time founded cereal companies which today bear their
treatment works with the person's vital force, his or her body's
ability to fend off diseases and illnesses by itself, without intervention.
It does not utilize any major surgery or the use of synthetic drugs
at all. Naturopathy focuses on healing the person, not the disease.
However, its main focus is in preventing diseases before they occur,
rather than actually treating them. It accomplishes this by locating
the underlying causes of disease.
physicians are all trained in the basic tools of natural therapeutics,
and most work with diet and nutrition while specializing in one
or more other therapeutic methods. Once the naturopathic physician
identifies a patient's underlying causes of illness, he or she then
advises the patient as to what he or she should do to make a safe
return back to help without treating the symptoms immediately, especially
pain relief. The patient is often told to amend his or her diet
and lifestyle. Moreover, homeopathy or acupuncture may be used to
expedite recovery time. Herbal medicines may be used as tonics and
nutritive agents and vitamin and mineral supplements and glandular
tissue extracts may be administered depending on the patient's nutritional
needs and excesses. Hydrotherapy and various types of physical therapy
might be required. The patiet's level of emotional stress will probably
be determined to see if it needs to be eased to allow the digestive
system to function in the relaxed environment required for proper
digestion (i.e. prevent ulcers).
office visit with a naturopathic doctor takes approximately one
hour. The specialist will ask for a thorough medical history (including
a person's likelihood of developing a disease along genetic lines)
and interview process to view all aspects of a peson's lifestyle.
The physician may explore standard diagnostic procedures including
a physical exam and blood an urine analysis. Finally, the doctor
and the patient will work harmoniously (and may have to compromise)
to establish a treatment and health-promoting program that is acceptable
for both of them.