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What is Naturopathy?

What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a form of healthcare that combines modern treatment with traditional methods. It includes alternative, natural therapies to modern medicine.

Naturopathy was brought to the United States from Germany in the 1800s, but some of its treatments are centuries old. Today, it combines traditional treatments with sme aspects of modern science.

A Naturopath usually practices in a freelance environment, with the option to work in hospitals, spas, research, health care, administration, management in the retail industry, or in the media. One can find a Naturopath in a nutritional and family consultancy, as well as in a Beauty Clinic. Specialisation in infertility, skin problems, sports, children, or geriatrics is possible. The growing acceptance of Naturopathy world-wide, and greater movement and communication within the European Union offers a wealth of opportunities for future professional and personal development.

What does a treatment consist of?

An initial consultation with a Naturopath normally takes about an hour. During this time the Naturopath will ask questions about the person’s condition, medical history, diet and lifestyle, and any conventional treatments that they may be taking. The consulting Naturopath may then use Iridology (looking into the iris), or tongue and nail diagnosis to get a better picture of the complete health state of the client. If needed, pathology testing such as hair, stool, or blood analysis may be recommended.

Once all of the information is gathered, a treatment plan is formulated that addresses all areas of the person’s life, providing the body with the optimum chance to heal itself. The treatment plan may include advice on diet, lifestyle, exercise, herbal medicine, homeopathic treatments, or other suitable remedies. A Naturopath may also refer the client to other practitioners as part of an integrated health care approach.

Where can I train as a Naturopath?

The College of Naturopathic Medicine is one of the UK’s largest, highly-respected, and well-known naturopathic training providers.

Naturopathic practitioners have a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree from a four-year graduate medical college with admission requirements comparable to conventional medical schools. The ND degree requires graduate-level study in conventional medical sciences, such as cardiology, biochemistry, gynecology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, pediatrics, and neurology.

  • UK and EU students may study in the UK in London, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.
  • International students may study Online or, subject to visa status in class at any of our UK colleges.

Naturopathic medicine is a science-based tradition that promotes wellness by identifying the unique aspects of each patient and then employing non-toxic natural therapies to restore his or her physiological, psychological, and structural balance.

Assessment by a naturopath

A well-trained naturopath will ask you about your diet, lifestyle, family background and environment, as well as the history of any illnesses or complaints. After taking a detailed health history, the naturopath may use other techniques, such as:

  • kinesiology
  • iridology
  • blood analysis
  • stool and urine analysis
  • hair analysis
  • functional testing.

Treatment by a naturopath

A naturopath employs a range of non-invasive techniques and these include (but are not limited to):

  • nutrition and dietary advice. A poor diet stops the body from functioning well and a build-up of toxins can lead to a range of illnesses. Whole, fresh and unprocessed foods are recommended
  • herbal medicine – herbs can support the body
  • homeopathy – homeopathic treatments are used to stimulate the body
  • hydrotherapy (water therapy). For instance, the use of hot and cold compresses might be used for certain conditions to influence the flow of blood and body heat
  • physical therapies – such as massage, Bowen, acupressure, bio-puncture or mechanotherapy
  • kinesiology and integrated bio-dynamics (IBD)
  • counselling techniques – emotional problems and stress can interfere with the healing process. Counselling techniques can include stress management strategies and life coaching.

Naturopathy Treatment

Diet Therapy: According to this therapy, the food must be taken in natural form. Fresh seasonal fruits, fresh green leafy vegetables and sprouts are excellent. These diets are broadly classified into three types which are as follows: i) Eliminative Diet (Liquids-Lemon, Citric juices) ii) Soothing Diet (Fruits, Salads, Boiled/ Steamed Vegetables ) iii) Constructive Diet (Wholesome flour, pulses, Curd) These diets help in improving health, purifying the body and rendering it immune to disease.

Fasting Therapy: Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. Methods of fasting are water, juices or raw vegetable juices. During fasting, the body burns up and excretes huge amounts of accumulated wastes.

Mud therapy: Mud therapy is very simple and effective treatment modality. Mud therapy is used for giving coolness to body. It dilutes and absorbs the toxic substances of body and ultimately eliminates them from body.

Hydrotherapy: It is the treatment of disorders using different forms of water. Hydrothermal therapy additionally uses its temperature effects, as in hot and cold baths, saunas and body wraps.

Masso Therapy: Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. If correctly done on a bare body, it can be highly stimulating and invigorating. Various oils are used as lubricants like mustard oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, olive oil, aroma oils , these oils also have therapeutic effects.

Acupressure: Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers or any blunted objects to press key points called as ‘Acu Points’ (Energy stored points) on the surface rhythmically on the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities.

Chromo Therapy: Seven colours of Sun rays have different therapeutic effects. Water and oil exposed to sun for specified hours in coloured bottles and coloured glasses, are used as devices of Chromo Therapy for treating different disorders.

Air Therapy: The advantage of air therapy can be achieved by means of Air bath. Everybody should take an air bath daily for 20 minutes or longer if possible. It is more advantageous when combined with morning cold rub and exercises.

Magnet Therapy: Magnet therapy is a clinical system in which human ailments are treated and cured through the application of magnets to the body of the patients. It is the simplest, cheapest and entirely painless system of treatment with almost no side or after effects. The only tool used is the magnet. Also, magnetic belts are available for different parts e.g. Abdomen, knee and for wrist.

Salient Features of Naturopathy

Naturopathy is the holistic approach to human wellness and a way to educate about healthy living. The underlying features of Naturopathy are important for a healthy diet, clean water, exercise, fasting, sunlight, and stress management. Below are some salient features of Naturopathy:

  • Apart from traumatic and environmental conditions, all the diseases including their causes and treatment are one. The basic cause of the disease is the accumulation of morbid matter in the body and the treatment of all the diseases is the elimination of morbid matter from the body.
  • Naturopathy believes that the primary cause of any disease is the accumulation of morbid matter in the body, and the bacteria are the secondary cause. Bacteria and viruses get into the human body only when the body accumulates morbid matter.
  • It is to be believed under the Naturopathy system of healing, acute diseases are self-healing efforts of the body. Chronic diseases are the result of incorrect treatment and the suppression of the acute disease.
  • Naturopathy relies on the fact that nature is the greatest healer. The human body possesses the power to protect itself from diseases and retrieve it.
  • In the process of cure, the entire human body is targeted to heal the disease.
  • Naturopathy successfully heals chronic ailments and is also effective in treating them in a comparatively lesser time.
  • In Naturopathy treatment, the suppressed diseases are brought to the surface and are eliminated permanently.
  • Naturopathy successfully treats all aspects of the human body like mental, physical, social, and spiritual.
  • Naturopathy is a boon to the human body and treats the body as a whole.
  • In Naturopathy, it is to be believed that ‘’food is the only medicine’’ and ‘’no external medications are used.’’
  • Naturopathy believes that performing a prayer based on one’s spiritual faith is an important part of treatment.

Education in Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a unique set of principles that lays emphasis on the body’s innate healing capacity and promotes individual ability to obtain optimal health. In recent years, many NGOs and Voluntary organizations have come up to establish Naturopathy Health homes, Yoga, and degree colleges. Through the naturopathy course, Naturopaths learn the basic sciences that have been taught to medical professionals. Presently, there are 12 colleges in India which have been engaged in preparing professional Naturopaths. There are three colleges in Karnataka which are affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore; four colleges in Tamil Nadu, two in Andhra Pradesh, One in Ayush University, Raipur, Chattisgarh, One in Barkatullah University, Bhopal and Ayurveda University, Jamnagar, Gujarat.

Introduction of Yoga and Naturopathy on an educational ground

In this contemporary time, the idea of natural healing has been hugely popularized among people, which has eventually paved a sound path for naturopathic medicine practitioners. The approach of naturopathy course not only encompasses Yoga and Naturopathy philosophy but also accentuates the importance of clinical tools and modes. These colleges offer theoretically, practically, and clinical facilities that help students to grow multifariously. This course is designed to teach students about various treatment modalities that are absolutely natural and drugless in every aspect.

In the last few years, many Modern Medical Institutes of the Country have taken many steps to spread awareness about Yoga and its various aspects. As people tend to accept Yoga as a tool for balanced and all-round development of human personality, some major universities have established the Yoga department wherein teacher’s training programs are going on. To promote the importance of Yoga, UGC is financing the universities to start the Yoga courses in their universities and as a result, some of them have started imparting Yoga education by designing the course from certificate to Ph.D. level courses, and some are likely to introduce a Yoga department in the approaching years. In some foreign universities, the faculty of yoga has been constituted, while the research work is in progress. Moreover, some of the states have proposed to introduce Yoga in their educational curriculum. It is also a mere fact that there are about one thousand yoga teachers who have been appointed in different branches of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi Government, and New Delhi Municipal Corporation.

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