Naturopathic Doctor (“naturopathy”) is a separate classification of primary health care that highlights prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies.
|Degree subject||Naturopathic doctor, chiropractic physician, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, medical doctor, osteopathic doctor|
|Licensure||He must get licensed to practice this field by government|
|Main skills||Inspection, listening, problem-solving, ability to use medical and therapeutic equipment to diagnose and administer treatment|
|Salary||$73,400 (median wage for all other health diagnosing and treating practitioners)|
Training and Disciplines:
- Clinical nutrition
- Botanical Medicine
- Asian Medicine
- Physical Medicine
- Lifestyle counseling and
Presently Naturopathic Doctors are regulated under the Drugless Practitioners Act, 1990 with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy as the regulator.
Naturopathic Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine:
|Conventional medicine||Naturopathic medicine|
|Mind, body, and spirit||Separate entity||Unified one|
|Consider human as||A machine||Microcosm(universe)|
|Disease due to||Infection or organ defect||System imbalance|
|Role of medicine||Fight infection/combat disease by suppressing symptoms||Restore harmony, which disappears the symptom|
|Treatment focus||Matters- parts or organs||Energy-holistic (whole)|
|treatments||Correct the part/organ||Promote self-healing|
|Primary interventions||Drugs or surgery||Diet, exercise, herbal medicine and manipulation|
|Treatment purpose||Just sick care||Total health care|
PHILOSOPHY OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE:
Naturopathic doctors are dedicated to:
- Addressing the central causes of health problems, not just the symptoms.
- Supporting the body’s natural healing ability.
- Using the safest, most effective medicines available.
- Looking at all the characteristics of a person — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
- Preventing diseases.
- Prescribing pharmaceutical drugs only when necessary.
THERAPIES USED IN NATUROPATHY:
- BOTANICAL MEDICINE uses plant parts as remedies. It may include the regular use of pure herbal tinctures, capsules or teas to treat conditions and encourage health.
- Homeopathy is based on the notion that the constituent that causes an illness’s symptoms for a healthy person will treat that illness in sick people. Super-diluted medicines are created using plant, mineral and animal substances and are prepared with each patient’s individual needs in mind.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine is a therapy focused on different techniques to increase the flow of chi (vital energy) and stimulate chi pathways, also known as meridians.
- Hydrotherapy is just healing with water. It doesn’t only include colonics but also taking baths in alkalized water and other procedures.
- Mind-Body Medicine takes into account the mental, social, psychological and spiritual connection to the physical body during a journey of healing. It can include focusing on constant feelings of anger, guilt or sorrow, as well as focusing on the present moment.
- Physical Medicine includes therapeutic exercise and massage, meditation and yoga.
- Lifestyle & Diet Counseling is an essential face to a naturopath’s cure, assumed that they don’t just monitor the physical dynamics of the body. Counseling may include ways to decrease stress and manage time, and how to efficiently incorporate all the recommended healthy practices on a day-to-day basis. Reiki derives from Japanese words rei, which means “boundless and universal,” and ki, which means “vital life energy force.” The naturopath uses what is called a “laying on of hands” technique that means to balance the ki of that person.
- Auricular Medicine uses the ear as a medium to recognize imbalances in the body. The naturopath uses energetic reflex techniques to identify specific points on the ear that signify which areas of the body are in need of healing.