Naturopathy is a kind of alternative medicine with a number of natural therapies under its umbrella, such as acupuncture, Ayurveda, homeopathy, employing a wide array of “natural” treatments, including homeopathy, herbalism, yoga and meditation, reflexology, Chinese herbal treatment, etc.
Naturopaths prefer to have a holistic approach to the ailment and do not prescribe invasive treatment, surgery and medication. This science is based on the philosophy of internal energy that heals the patient.
Types of Naturopathic Treatments:
Naturopathy comprises all those treatments that are often known by the term “alternative treatment,” and therefore are not allopathic. It combines various kinds of treatments that are administered according to the intensity of the disease. Some of these could be purely medicinal while others are practice-oriented. Here are some of the most widely used natural therapies:
Ayurveda: The soul of naturopathic treatment, Ayurveda can cure almost all diseases, including lifestyle diseases. Ayurvedic medicines are made from herbs, roots, stems, etc and do not give any side-effects.
Homeopathy: This treatment type is based on the principle of treating the entire body rather than the particular problem experienced by the individual. Its founder, Hahnemann, said that this science treated not the disease but the patient. Homeopathic medicines do not produce any side-effects. Much depends on the symptoms one experiences; therefore the treatment varies from person to person.
Nutrition: As a science, nutrition sets the link between one’s diet and holistic health. For optimal functioning, the human body needs the right levels of food types and water. If there is a deficiency in any of these food types likes crabs, proteins, etc, it results in ill-health.
An important aspect of nutrition is the presence of antioxidants in the body that serve to fight the effect of free radicals and so delay the onset of premature aging, among other things. A healthy diet of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains gives health benefits.
Remedial Therapies: These include therapies such as acupressure, reflexology, flower essences, sports medicine, aromatherapy, shiatsu, Chinese massage, etc.
Yoga and Meditation: Yoga and meditation, when done together, can safely treat several medical conditions and diseases. It is a treatment that promotes general wellness through exercise.
Naturopaths also deal in other kinds of naturopathy treatments such as color treatment, Unani medicine, psychological counseling, manipulative therapy, etc.
Due to the spiraling costs of allopathy, coupled with strong side-effects, people are moving away from it and choosing gentler forms of treatment.