What is Traditional Naturopathy?
Naturopaths are trained specialists in a healing art, which uses non-invasive natural medicine. They are not medical doctors (M.D.s). Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy (N.D.s) are trained in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, counseling, dietary evaluations, nutrition, herbology, acupressure, homeopathy, iridology, exercise therapy, hydrotherapy, oxygen therapy and thermal therapy.
Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy (ND) personalize the healing modality to the needs of the individual with methods which are effective for both chronic and acute problems. Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy (ND) cooperate with all branches of medical science, referring individuals to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
In practice, Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy perform lifestyle analysis, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis and other evaluative procedures. They are trained to use a wide variety of natural methods, which involve the individual in the healing process. Naturopathy is based on a belief in the body's natural ability to heal itself when given an appropriate internal and external healing environment. Naturopaths are not involved in the practice of medicine and do not use drugs or pharmaceuticals, nor do they perform abortions or surgery. They have traditionally been referred to as "drugless doctors." In reality, the Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy deal with wellness and relief from conditions, which are the result of stress whether from mental, nutritional, environmental or physical factors.
The Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy Philosophy
The philosophy of a Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy is based on seven basic principles:
1. Do No Harm
Certainly anybody who is sick does not need any therapy or treatment would harm him or her. As prescription medication has such a potential to make a well man sick, many wonder how it can be expected to make a sick man well. Traditional naturopathy embraces only therapies or procedures which are designed to enhance healing and produce wellness.
2. Recognize The Healing Power Of Nature
The human body is created with the capacity to heal itself and to maintain homeostasis (balance). There is a healing power in nature and this principal is the basis for all of naturopathy. Naturopathy is a system designed to work in harmony with nature, in the restoration and support for the inherent natural healing systems of the body.
3. Identify The Cause
In allopathic medicine, the name of the disease is actually the name of the symptom in Greek. The term "arthritis," for example, is made up of two Greek roots "arthro" which means having to do with the joint and "itis" meaning pain or inflammation. Allopathic doctors seek to treat the joint pain by reducing the joint pain. This can be done with the use of painkillers, nerve blockers or any number of procedures which suppress the symptoms. Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy are committed to removing the joint pain by finding and removing the cause. Perhaps this may prove to be calcium and/or other mineral deficiency caused by either a primary or secondary nutritional deficiency. Or perhaps the cause could be from an injury or possibly from an over acid condition in the body. For Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy, the correction of the cause is the most plausible way of eliminating the symptoms and restoring long-term health to the person.
4. Treat The Whole Person
Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy are aware that a person can have a physical or emotional illness. The chosen therapy is determined by what kind of problem the person is experiencing. You cannot be well or healthy if you have a psychological problem even if you appear perfectly fit. Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy use various counseling, stress management and biofeedback techniques for those experiencing emotional or behavioral problems.
5. The Doctor Is A Teacher
Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy are integrative healers, partnering with the client for a team approach in healing. The naturopathic philosophy places the responsibility for wellness with the individual. Man is the steward of his body and the doctor is the teacher or advisor to the individual on how to maintain health. One recognizes, for example, that a headache is not an aspirin deficiency, but rather the result of some imbalance within the body. Some principle of health has been violated and the body is responding with pain. Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy should evaluate the connotation and advise or teach their clients what lifestyle; nutritional, emotional, physical or dietary changes should be made to alleviate the condition. The condition is alleviated by the clients desire to make those changes and not by some outside agency.
6. Prevent Disease
Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy are preventive medicine specialists. Prevention of disease is accomplished through education and encouraging good life habits that support health and prevent disease.
7. Establish Health And Wellness
The primary goals of the Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy are to establish and maintain optimum health and to promote wellness. Health is the state of optimal well-being. The Traditional Doctors of Naturopathy strives to elevate the client's state of health and wellness by analyzing each aspect of the controllable factors which determine the state of health, those being diet, exercise, thinking, sleep and posture.