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Naturopathy, or natural medicine, is a form of alternative medicine with a deep history of traditional philosophies and practices and natural treatment options for patients. It aims at stimulating the body’s self-healing capacity and promotes a concept of going back to an innate balance, and involves the treatment and prevention of health disorders through the use of natural therapies, methods and materials, which may include clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and ancient medical systems, such as traditional Chinese medicine.
Natural medicine should be considered complementary medicine rather than an alternative to standard medical care. You should inform your doctor if you are also using alternative therapies.
There are 6 core principles that a naturopath follows for the treatment of patients, which include:
Naturopaths may perform physical examinations, laboratory tests, gynaecological examinations, nutritional and dietary assessments, allergy tests and other diagnostic tests. Through these tests and examinations, they combine and adapt treatments to the needs of the individual.
The treatments that naturopathy uses to improve the body are determined by the individual’s needs and include the following:
There is a wide range of conditions that naturopathic doctors claim to be able treat, either alone or alongside conventional medical treatments. These include:
Some have reported rapid results following the use of natural medicines and naturopathy and those who practise it often suggest that the best results come from positive behavioural patterns and the persistence and patience required long enough for the body to respond.
However, it is worth bearing in mind that alternative medicine, by definition, has not been proven to work by any studies, apart from a placebo effect. The effectiveness of many natural treatments is disputed, with some being actively studied, while others, such as homeopathy, have been conclusively shown by various studies to have no medical value.
It is important to remember that, while some natural medicines can be useful in conjuction with conventional medical treatment, they should not be regarded as a substitute for treatments whose efficacy has been proven.