What is Naturopathic Medicine?
A n increased affinity towards the natural way of living & the traditional methods of treatment is observed now a day , especially from the educated group. The reason is a new awareness about the wonderful role of Mother Nature in the fields of promotion of health & prolongation of healthy life is gradually developing.
Naturopathy is a system of healing science stimulating the body's inherent power to regain health with the help of five great elements of Nature-Earth, water, Air fire & Ether. Nature cure principle says that aii the diseases arise due to accumulation of morbid matter in the body & if the scope is given for removal of it, provides a cure of relief. It also believes that the human body possesses inherent self- constructing & self- healing powers.
Though the basic Nature Cure deals only with Pancha Mahabhoota's the recent developments advocates the practice of drugless therapies like Massage, Electrotherapy, Physiotherapy, Accupuncture & Accupressure, Magneto therapy etc. Diet plays a major role, above all.
How Did Naturopathy Begin?
Naturopathic treatments originated as the use of herbs and foods for medicine, exposure to fresh air and sunlight, and hydrotherapy (the use of hot and cold water application) as steam or sauna. These techniques and methods have long been respected throughout the world. While modern allopathic medicine is a youngster of less than 200 years old, Natural Medicine has been the primary medicine used by most of the human community even into the 21st Century. Herbal and traditional medical arts remain the primary medical choice of over 65% of humanity.
What Conditions Can Naturopathic Medicine Treat?
There is a wide range of conditions that Naturopathic doctors treat, either alone or in combination with other complementary or usual medical treatments. These include :
- Acute conditions such as headaches, sore throats, ear infections, intestinal upsets, colds and flu, etc.
- Chronic illnesses such as migraines, musculoskeletal pain, gastrointestinal, gynecological, arthritis, heart disease, etc.
- Inherent tendencies before they become a serious illness or degenerative disease.
- Mental and emotional problems to reduce the effects of recent stresses and long-term patterns of anger, depression, or anxiety
- Physical injury and trauma, including possible referral to appropriate specialists