Though living in the modern age, we are still reliant on nature’s resources directly or indirectly for a number of our health and welfare needs. Naturally made products appeal to our instincts due to their natural healing qualities and lack of harmful side-effects.
Naturopathic remedies have been with us since time immemorial. It was once the case that human kind had only the wares of nature on hand to salve our wounds and cure our ailments. Such natural treatments stood the test of time and Naturopathy, as tried and trusted by our ancestors, have gained significance and recognition round the world, in a variety of guises and forms. Naturopathy in India, for example, is also found in the form of Siddha, Unani or Yoga; the English call it Herbalism; residents of China use ancient Chinese medicines; the Japanese use Shiatsu as a form of natural therapy.
The philosophy of Naturopathy encourages marginal practice of surgery and minimal usage of unnecessary drugs or injections for non-life threatening conditions. Naturopathy is all about wellness, not illness. The science favours a holistic approach, adopting a wide array of modalities such as herbal medicine, dietetics, nutrition, homoeopathy and massage in order to help the body to heal itself. The fundamental philosophical approach speaks to a healthy lifestyle, the strengthening and cleansing of the body and non-invasive, natural treatments.
The phenomenon of Naturopathy is based on the principles of primary care medicine, which include:
To try reducing side-effects.
To consider the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental as well as social aspects of the patient in the course of treatment.
To seek to prevent illness and minimise the chances of any kind of health disorder.
To maintain and restore health by identifying and removing obstacles to the body’s natural processes.
Focus on the causes of a disease rather than on its symptoms.
To educate and encourage patients to take responsibility for the care and maintenance of their own health.
US inventor, Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931), understood traditional naturopathy and espoused its virtues. "The future doctor will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
Traditional naturopaths are not medical doctors. They work on supporting the body's inherent ability to maintain and restore itself. Moreover, naturopaths prefer to use treatment approaches considered natural and minimally invasive.
A number of schools or colleges offer the opportunity to pursue training or degree programs in Naturopathy. These programs vary in length and content according to the providing institutes.