Naturopathic health or naturopathy is simply an alternative form of health care which believes in the body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine used to be widely used in the early 20th century, but fell from grace as the discovery and use of pharmaceutical drugs increased.
Nowadays, however, more and more people are flocking back to naturopathic health as the drugs they have come to rely on are causing more medical problems and side effects than they set out out to treat. Not only that but the death rate from surgeries is becoming alarmingly high. More and more of us are discovering that good health means more than “fixing” the body when it becomes sick. Scientists are now finding a lot of truth in some of the old medical treat which we all relied on before pharmaceutical drugs arrived on the scene.
Naturopathic health also advocates prevention of disease by actively promoting good health habits such as optimal nutrition, exercise and a positive outlook on life. When disease strikes, naturopathy finds it’s cures and treatments in nature rather than from the drug cabinet. It incorporates botanical medicine with other forms of alternative medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy, yoga, herbalism and nutritional therapy.
If you’re still wondering if naturopathic medicine is for you, be assure that naturopaths are also trained in conventional medicine to the degree that they can diagnose and recommend people to various other medical modalities including surgery – as a last resort of course! This integrated training can provide the best of both worlds of medicine which means better healthcare for us with no over prescribing of drugs and more emphasis on wellness rather than trying to fix us when we’re “broken”.
I myself have found this type of approach particularly successful for conditions that conventional doctors frequently struggle with, such as auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors will have you on steroids or NASAIDs in no time flat! Whereas the cure could be as simple as a change in diet and lifestyle and perhaps some stress relief.
In conclusion naturopathic health can help and advise about ways to improve and maintain your health so that you can fully enjoy your life and completely avoid disease. If you adopt it’s recommendations fully, you may find you never need to visit a conventional doctor again, or at least increase the time between visits. Hopefully the time will come when all doctors can accept and practice preventative medicine that will have better answers for our health than merely handing out a pill. Then the only losers will be the pharmaceutical manufacturers. How sad!