What Is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a set of treatment methods, alternative to the ones practiced in traditional medicine and based on the postulate of inherent ability of man for self-healing.
The main difference of naturopatihc medicine from the official one consists in the way how health issues are considered. Conventional medicine implies treating the disease, not the patient; therefore, its mission is extremely narrow-focused. Thus, traditional medicine doesn’t consider the body as an integrated system that has a huge internal capacity to maintain health. The position of naturopathy is fundamentally different: it claims that solving all the health problems can be solved in a natural way.
The main challenge is creating optimal conditions for the patient to live in harmony with natural processes, which includes:
- proper nutrition (organic foods)
- creating an individual daily schedule
- physical and breathing exercises
Naturopath focuses on teaching the principles of a healthy lifestyle, rather than treating a specific disease caused by some habits and living conditions. Naturopathy is tightly interconnected with the eastern medical practices, though it has the Western approach, namely, the desire to bring scientific basis under applicable practice.
By virtue of its inertia official medicine does not recognize naturopathy, although its methods, in most cases, are consistent with the usual medical advice on a healthy lifestyle (daily strolls, eating the right foods, etc.).
An important tenet of naturopathy is the perception of a person as a system in which the soul and body are connected, and all the processes are inextricably linked with each other.
In the course of their work naturopaths are basing on a number of principles: the patient and the doctor are partners engaged in treatment. Naturopath aims at delivering impact on the patient’s state of mind, not just the physical manifestations of the body.
Minimizing invasive interventions
Naturopathy is comprised of zillions of treatment approaches from a variety of fields, from psychology to contactless energy impact. Due to the wide arsenal, naturopaths can easily make solid and even decisive contribution in disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
Naturopathy involves thousands of instruments based on the use of natural remedies, e.g.:
- leech therapy
- music therapy
- herbal medicine
Among the less well-known to the general public:
- animal therapy (treatment through contact with animals)
- heliotherapy (sunlight treatment)
- dendrotherapy (treatment with the help of trees)
- therapeutic gardens
- magnetic therapy
The methods of naturopathy are very diverse, which means can always choose from a good number of generally risk-free options what is most effective in his case, and to which he has a predisposition.
Naturopathy became extremely popular in United States, Germany and England; the countries with well established priorities in areas of natural medicine. For example, acupuncture, qigong, homeopathy and hypnosis are deep focused by Americans; Germany has managed to advance in limotherapy, purgation and psychoanalysis. In England, chiropractors and herbal medicine adherents have managed to achieve certain heights in their business.
As can be seen, naturopathy is a kind of conceptual approach of European and American traditions that includes the methodology comprised of components of local origin. Naturopathy is a kind of guide that explains the usefulness of a huge number of natural treatment methods, which has been known for many centuries. One of the main founders of Natural Medicine is a German Sebastian Kneipp; largely thanks to him, Germany houses 120+ medical naturopathic centers. The term itself was introduced by the Americans Lust and Foster, who founded a number of naturopathic schools in the early XX century.
Naturopathy has also influenced natural hygiene that became widespread in the United States at the beginning of the XXI century. Natural hygiene supporters oppose the technique of pharmacological drugs treatment, actively promoting vegetarianism and raw foodism. The concept gave birth to naturism – the natural way of life with maximized use of natural factors: water, air, sun, healthy food and etc. Integrative medicine is another fluxion worthy of mentioning, which combines both formal treatment and proven naturopathic techniques.
Instead of post scriptum
The informational technologies blast-off raises the acute question: whether to make a choice in favor of natural natural medicine approaches or stick to conventional therapies, promoted by the official medicine and a monstrous pharmacological business machine. Hopefully, naturopathy will manage to cope with insufficient support at the state and community levels, rise above commercial aspects and grow strong in minds and hearts of humans.