Naturopathy As A Restorative Healing Solution

Naturopathy As A Restorative Healing Solution

When it comes to health, there really can be no stone left unturned. With the current sedentary lifestyles of many people, there’s a sense of dissatisfaction with one’s health and wellness. People are now looking to alternative forms of medicine and therapy to provide them with answers that conventional medicine is not able to. 

This is where naturopathy comes into play. Naturopathic healing practices empower people by giving them the control over their own health. Naturopathy is an ancient practice: as old as the scriptures, and somehow still relevant in the age of advanced medical breakthroughs. Swaantana helps you understand how effective naturopathy can be.

What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is the health system based on age-old traditions that promotes wellness and prevention as a path towards a healthier life. In a way, naturopathy is the system of primary health care that emphasizes the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies.

The manner in which practitioners practise this is through identifying the unique needs and health requirements of each patient and then prescribing a treatment plan that uses non-toxic therapies to restore their psychological and physical balance.

The word naturopathy means ‘natural cure‘. By using a combination of healthy lifestyle and structured diet, beneficial herbs and natural supplements, naturopathy aims to nurture the body’s own ability to heal itself. Official diagnosis and treatment often concern alternative therapies and natural methods that can aid the body by removing internal obstacles. 

Naturopathy originated thousands of years ago – in ancient civilizations such as Chinese, Indian, Greek, and Arab. All these geographies varied widely yet the one thing their healing practices had in common was understanding that health and nature are connected.

The human body is built with an internal mechanism that is self-healing. This is known as vitalism. How diseases work can only be understood through the interplay of nature with human life. It was recognized that in order to live a full, healthy life, all aspects of an individual’s health must be considered. This is called holism. Vitalism and holism are the main pillars of naturopathy. Naturopathy uses a set of certain beliefs and philosophies to develop treatment plans. 

What Are The Various Naturopathic Treatments?
Naturopathy primarily focuses on:
-Self-healing
-Preventing health problems
-Active participation to optimize and nurture one’s health

It’s clear from the above beliefs that naturopathy is a tailored approach. There is no one common treatment plan that works the same for everyone. It varies as per the individual – their health condition, medical history, and needs.

Naturopathic doctors put together treatment plans that suit a particular person’s health requirements. Most plans include a change in diet and nutrition. Other treatment plans include:
-Lifestyle changes such as exercise and sport
-Diet and nutrition recommendations
-Homeopathy
-Herbal therapies and dietary supplements
-Detoxification
-Hydrotherapy
-Applied nutrition
-Manipulative therapies

After putting together a detailed health history, a naturopathic doctor may use some other techniques to form a solid diagnosis. These techniques include:
-Kinesiology
-Iridology
-Blood analysis
-Hair analysis
-Functional testing

At Swaantana, we use a multidisciplinary approach that involves various treatment protocols combined to give unique solutions to each guest. The natural medicine practitioners study, understand and tailor-make solutions depending on the medical requirement of each guest. 

Who Are Naturopathic Doctors?
Naturopathic practitioners are trained as general doctors specializing in natural medicine. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) have the same level of training as primary care providers who are able to diagnose and treat patients with acute and chronic health conditions.

The medical naturopathic doctor degree requires graduate-level study in conventional medical sciences such as pharmacology, neurology, immunology etc. These practitioners hold different licenses depending on the medical authorities they practice under.

We can find practitioners who support naturopathic medicine in hospitals, wellness centres, private clinics, and offices. Broadly speaking, they fall into three main categories:

-Naturopathic Physicians
They are also called naturopathic doctors. Their educational background is the same as those who hold conventional medical degrees i.e., 4 years of medical school and a residency. Alongside, they study the often unconventional medical subjects such as homeopathy, herbal medicine which they further specialize in. They  are the ones to consult if a combination of Western/allopathic medicine and natural treatments are required.

-Traditional Naturopaths
They are also simply known as naturopaths. They receive training in various ways differing in length and content. This is why the official training doesn’t lead to an accredited license. They may also hold different titles as practitioners such as “holistic health practitioner” or “traditional naturopath.”

-Healthcare Providers
Some physicians may also be qualified in naturopathic medicine without practising it exclusively. Most are either NDs or they studied naturopathy.

Swaantana has a team of natural medicine practitioners, naturopaths, and healthcare providers in the fields of Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Family Nutrition, Lifestyle Care and many more. 

 What Are The Benefits Of Naturopathy?

Naturopathic medicine has long been considered as a holistic approach to treating illness and dysfunction. There are many benefits to naturopathy and Swantaana describes a few of the most important ones:

1. Promotes health and wellness
Since naturopathy believes in the body’s innate ability to heal itself, the focus of treatment is always to nurture that mechanism. By identifying and getting rid of obstacles, the body can heal and move towards optimal health. Symptom suppression is not encouraged and so all underlying causes are found and treated. This empowers patients with tools towards lifelong wellness.

2. Prevents disease
Preventing the progression of disease is one of the six principles inherent to naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic practitioners work to identify the root causes of disease and address all the factors that are affecting a patient’s health.

3. Supports individualized treatment
Naturopaths work on a more personal level covering all the bases regarding health with the patient. They create treatment plans that suit a patient’s needs. Patients are also encouraged to be more involved and have a personal responsibility towards their own health. 

4. Works with conventional medicine
Naturopathic doctors do work with conventional medical doctors, in appropriate cases. Naturopathy can be effective alongside modern medicine – the natural methods can unlock a body’s internal defense mechanism.

5. Can be cost effective
Naturopathy can also be a more cost effective alternative to conventional healthcare.

It’s clear from the above benefits that naturopathy is the way to go when it comes to adopting a lifestyle that promotes lifelong healing. It blends traditional practice of medicine with modern medical care to work with the body on a natural level. There are many treatment options in naturopathic medicine.

At Swaanatana, we encourage you to embark on a healing and restorative journey. We start your journey by identifying the medical condition or the lifestyle disorder that you suffer from. We then connect you to our team of medical practitioners who suggest treatment methods.

Swaantana employs evidence-based treatment methods of two kinds – one would be the use of natural medicine to help you heal. The other would be to employ a series of practises encompassing Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Lifestyle Care – 16 such methodologies.  If you’re looking to incorporate naturopathy in your overall health plan, it’s always best to talk to an expert. Contact us for a consultation so you can take the best steps forward for your health. 


References:
1.About Naturopathic Medicine, AANP
2.Naturopathy: Its Roots in Monastic Medicine
3. Thoughts And Emotions: Effect on Health
4. Science Vs Nature, NDNR
5. Manipulative Therapy, An Overview
6. Naturopathic Definition, Encyclopedia
7. Naturopathy and the Primary Care Practice

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