August 15 2017
In the last few years, people have been opting for much more natural alternatives to medicine. Naturopathy is not at all a new form of medicine, actually in many ways and forms; it has been around longer than run of the mill pharmaceutical medicine. From all over the world for centuries people have turned to and studied the vast range of medicinal properties we can find in nature. We have gathered worldwide, century’s old knowledge and still use it today for many different things. So what is naturopathy exactly? Naturopathic medicine is a specific type of health care that is founded on several principles. The primary principle being that nature has provided the human body with an ability to heal, restore, and maintain health without the use of excess artificial chemicals that could be found in pharmaceutical medicine. A naturopathic physician (ND) is a health care professional who specializes in natural medicine. Naturopathic remedies have been for centuries used for a myriad of different ailments but for a while was getting slowly phased out by pharmaceuticals, leaving plant medicine to the way side to be labeled as just some fake remedies that only hippies use as an act of rebellion against big pharma. With increasing knowledge of potentially harmful side effects, actual benefits of plant medicine and the idea of being more conscious of what gets put in our bodies, naturopathy is making a strong comeback.
While the naturopathic approach recognizes, and in many cases uses, modern surgical and pharmacological approaches to managing illness, the ultimate goal of plant medicine should be a vibrantly healthy population with little need or dependency for doctors and hospitals. What’s needed is a shift in medicinal philosophy towards more self-sufficiency and the utilization of nature instead of harsh artificial substances. Naturopathic doctors tend to utilize nutrition, exercise, herbs, supplements and lifestyle changes in order to improve health. What many people do not realize is that naturopathic doctors are typically trained in conventional Western medicine as well, including basic medical science, lab testing, pharmacology, even minor surgery in some cases. Depending on their individual practice style, an office visit with a naturopath can look either very similar, or quite different than your typical MD. Many people choose to go a more natural route for these reasons. So if you prefer to heal yourself through natural means such as lifestyle changes, herbs, plants and exercise rather than rely on pharmaceuticals, you may want to look into naturopathy and see if this is the right option for you.