What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is an alternative or complementary method of medicine which emphasizes the belief that people are naturally healthy, and treats disorders with a combination of diet and nutrition, herbal and homeopathic medicines, exercise and physical manipulation such as massage, acupuncture, or chiropractic. Naturopathy is a form of holistic medicine, which treats the mind and spirit as well as the body and its ailments. It was the predominant type of medicine in as late as the 1930s, as allopathic medicine was seen as unreliable or even hazardous.

As allopathic medicine was boosted by the nascent pharmaceutical industry, naturopathy was shoved aside to become a fringe treatment. In the last 20 years, naturopathy has enjoyed a resurgence and scientific validation that have brought it back into the realm of modern medicine. Naturopaths are often depicted as quacks, but a modern naturopath is as likely to use evidence based science in prescribing treatments as an allopathic physician. There is strong scientific evidence for naturopathic treatments such as fasting, acupuncture, and using natural treatments can and do work for a variety of ailments.

Naturopathy is not based “Doctor’s orders” but on your caregiver’s teaching that engages you in taking an active part in your own healing process without invasive treatments, or simply using drugs to squash your symptoms. If you are finding that allopathic medicine is not delivering satisfactory results, or you feel you need an adjunct to treatment already under way such as chemotherapy, or you simply want a healthy change. Looking into naturopathy is a good avenue for you to investigate. A typical first visit lasts for an hour, though follow-ups may be shorter. As with all treatments, allopathic or naturopathic, there is no magic wand ton hurry your body’s return to health, but a journey of learning. Make an appointment with us today!

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