What is naturopathy?
Naturopathy, also known as Naturopathic Medicine, is a medical system that focuses on the use of natural remedies to help the human body heal itself. It employs several therapies such as herbs, massages, and acupuncture.
It aims to improve overall health, prevent diseases from occurring, and treat illness through the use of organic foods and active lifestyle and use of treatments from other areas of complementary medicine.
What is the main objective of naturopathy?
The fundamental goal of naturopathy is to treat the person as a whole -- which means the mind, body, and spirit. It also focuses on healing the root causes of a disease and not just stopping the symptoms.
The foundation of naturopathy is based on the philosophy of the “healing power of nature.” It means that the human body has its own healing energy and with the assistance from naturopathy, the body is able to repair itself and recover from any underlying illness if the person is in a healthy and supportive environment.
What does a naturopath do?
Naturopaths use several approaches in treating their patients. Examples include:
- Dietary and lifestyle changes
- Stress reduction
- Herbs and other dietary supplements
- Manipulative therapies
- Exercise therapy
- Practitioner-guided detoxification
- Psychotherapy and counselling
They also aim to educate, empower and motivate their patients to assume personal responsibility over their own health and well-being by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle. Disease prevention is achieved through naturopathic education which helps build a healthy lifestyle.
Health benefits of naturopathy
Naturopathy is used for treating several health issues which include:
- Fertility problems
- Digestive problems
- Hormonal imbalance
- Chronic pain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome