This is a guest post by Peter Minkoff
More and more people these days are opting to see a naturopath instead of your regular doctor. You may still be confused about the nature of naturopathy and the kind of profession that a true naturopath has. This isn’t about the natural vs. traditional medicine fight. However, naturopathy, as the name suggests, deals with natural, even alternative solutions to various health problems, both mental and physical. In a sense, naturopathy is all about achieving the perfect state of well-being without having to resort to drugs, and even a surgery. A trustworthy and truly professional naturopath though will know when there’s no other way but to accept traditional medicine.
The essence of naturopathy
There’s a lot more to naturopathy than simply categorizing it as a notion of replacing traditional meds with herbal supplements, teas and other natural alternatives. This is just one part of the whole story and the story is never-ending. The whole concept is pretty difficult to describe and define since it involves a number of techniques, practices and activities that can generally help someone feel better. These include massages, meditation, physical activity, diet changes, homeopathy, reflexology, and even the power of positive affirmations, hobbies and daily habits. In that respect, one cannot that easily put a definition on naturopathy since it combines all the practices that are as natural as possible in order to provide the patient with the ultimate feeling of wellness.
Furthermore, naturopathy is not some magic craft that can bring you miraculous medicine that cures everything. After all, regular, scientific medicine can be considered a peak of civilization and cannot be discarded just like that. What naturopathy stands for though is the centuries-old practices and knowledge that shouldn’t be forgotten just because there are drug and medical treatment possibilities readily available nowadays. Essentially, one may argue that the main purpose of naturopathy is to bring wellness to people by utilizing centuries-old wisdom before there’s any need to choose something different.
The benefits of naturopathy
Every person is different and will react differently to various practices and circumstances in their lives. This is why it’s hard to say that naturopathy is the key to living a healthy and happy life. Since it’s heavily based on your own mental health and mindfulness, the biggest power behind this practice is your own ability to change for the better and think happier thoughts. However, there are definitely a bunch of health conditions that naturopathic remedies and treatments can help you with, or are worth a try. After all, it’s been proven that natural remedies have helped a large number of patients with conditions such as allergies, respiratory and digestive issues, chronic fatigue and tiredness, migraines, menstrual and menopausal problems as well as depression and insomnia issues. Of course, both patients and their naturopaths have to keep a close look on how the treatment is working in order to ensure the best possible outcome and the maximum help that naturopathy can provide.
How it all came to be
Naturopathy isn’t some made-up hip concept created to accommodate modern trends of a more natural lifestyle. Actually, one may even say that naturopathy was the original medicine that was later developed into the traditional medicine we have today. It originated in Europe in the 16th century, from where naturopaths were sent all over the world to treat and help people. North America is thought to be the cradle of modern naturopathy. In 1986 American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) with naturopathic doctors Pamela Snider, Jared Zeff and others formed a committee in order to define the naturopathic principles and get them codified. These principles are practiced all around the world and are an integral part of the naturopathy concept:
- First, Do No Harm
- Healing Power of Nature
- Treat the Cause
- Treat the Whole Person
- Doctor as Teacher
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
You may even be surprised at how many celebrities are practitioners of naturopathy principles. Steve Jobs, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Kate Moss, Madonna and James Hetfield are just a few among many other Hollywood-famous faces that took up a holistic approach to their own well-being.
The issues with naturopathy
One of the countries where naturopathy is gaining in popularity by the minute is undoubtedly Australia. And it’s not easy to become an expert naturopath in Sydney if you want to dedicate yourself to this calling. In order to get all the benefits from visiting a naturopath and following their advice, they have to be extremely realistic, caring, knowledgeable and professional. Unfortunately, one of the biggest issues when it comes to naturopathy is the tendency of both patients and naturopaths to completely disregard traditional, scientifically proven meds without giving it any thought at all. In case of more serious health conditions, this can be really dangerous.