Naturopathy is no longer a taboo subject, alternative approaches to health no longer considered fringe. Modern self-care is about recognizing our well-being can’t be compartmentalized. An evolution towards holistic lifestyles is gaining mainstream acceptance because we’ve realized we have to treat the whole person. While naturopathy isn’t new—it has been practiced in the states for hundreds of years—it has been updated with the modern person in mind.
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is an umbrella of therapies that include herbal supplements and nutrition for the body, physical exercise and treatments like acupuncture to address the mind, and educational tools for you to address the root of the problem in conjunction with treating the symptoms.
There are two underlying beliefs found in the practice of naturopathy: prevention and self-healing. Naturopathic physicians believe in preventing problems before they manifest, and they do this through studying patients’ hereditary makeup and history of disease and adjusting care plans based on this information. Because they know the human body is a natural organism, naturopathic physicians trust in its inherent ability to self-heal. There is order and intelligence in our very makeup, and those who practice naturopathy believe in removing obstacles that prevent our bodies from recovering. This isn’t to say that naturopathic physicians believe the body can do it all by itself, but with the right tools and guidance, the body can return to its essential natural function of healing.
How does Naturopathic medicine work?
From these beliefs come other principles of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic physicians focus on treating the problem instead of suppressing the symptoms. They evaluate risk to the patient through minimizing treatments’ harsh side effects. They encourage patients to take control of their health journey by first educating them and giving them the wellness tools they need to succeed. Finally, they take into account the whole person, not merely the body, of their patients. They consider emotional, spiritual, and environmental factors that all serve as external or internal forces in a person’s life.
Many popular naturopathic remedies are edible and focus on feeding your body to feed your mind. Below is a list of common naturopathic remedies: