The growth in the status and acceptance of Naturopathic Practitioners is something that has taken many decades, but is now firmly established. Originally ignored by mainstream medicine (for it initially seemed to pose a threat to the established norms) Naturopathy is now regarded by many traditional Physicians as a complimentary service to conventional medicine.
The foundation of Naturopathy techniques is based on the ability of the body to heal and maintain itself, it follows that natural remedies such as herbs and foods are preferred to surgery or drugs. These latter clearly have their place in treatment of disease and are recognised and recommended alongside the Naturopathic path.
What differentiates the Natural Practitioner from the Conventional Physician?
- Naturopathic Practitioner will seek to incorporate and encourage the body’s inbuilt physiological healing capabilities.
- Naturopathic Practitioner will recognise that each patient is unique and will be treated accordingly. No such thing as one size fits all!
- Naturopathic Practitioner will always look for the underlying cause of a condition and treat this as opposed to treating just the obvious symptoms.
- The route taken by the Naturopathic Practitioner will always focus on the whole individual and not exclusively on the localized areas of concern.
Naturopathic principles are not just about treatment of disease but are about the promotion of good health regimes. The Naturopathic Practitioner is more likely to listen to the patient and understand and analyse their symptoms in an overall health context.
The Naturopathic Practitioner will always look at the wider picture in assessing the Patients problem and unlike the mainstream physician. The Naturopathic Practitioner will not necessarily focus on treating the obvious symptoms but will utilise a more holistic approach. The treating of the whole person, taking into account mental and social indicators and involving dietary regimes, stress management techniques and exercise is very much what you can expect from a skilled Naturopathic Practitioner.
You can expect that herbal and nutritional supplements will form a corner stone of treatment and an emphasis on promotion of overall health as opposed to just the treatment of disease symptoms. The complementary and alternative medicine profession or CAM, has its basis in Historical and Cultural practices and so differs markedly from the scientific mores of conventional medicine. It’s advisable therefore, for the patient planning to go down this alternative route to look at his or her role as a patient and to familiarise themselves with the practices before embarking on this journey!
Since treating the person in this way requires an in depth analysis of the situation, you can expect that the initial consultation will be thorough and unhurried. Quite a contrast to the production line techniques that have become the norm in many traditional Medical practices. Of course the sheer volume of Patients presenting themselves to conventional Physicians really doesn’t allow too much of a gentle bedside manner and this is regrettable but inevitable as Health Budgets are continually under scrutiny.