Since naturopathic medicine is still pretty new to most of the general public, the first question that they’re probably going to ask is what it is; followed by whether it’s safe. Probably the simplest way to explain naturopathic medicine to the general public is that it involves including natural treatments and medicines into medical treatments. It would also be good to include that it is a holistic treatment since it also tries to treat the person as a whole and not just superficially treat the symptoms and that naturopathic treatment providers always take the patient’s mental, physical, emotional as well as their spiritual condition into account.
Naturopathic Treatments can be used in Conjunction with Traditional Ones
Similar to ozone therapy benefits, naturopathic treatments help to increase the oxygen flow into the body by assisting with issues such as re-direction of blood circulation and easing tension. Too much tension in the body means that less oxygen is allowed to get through, which can, and often, results in an array of health issues over time. Moxibustion acupuncture is a prime example of this. The acupuncture needle insertions trigger the body’s natural pain blockers, which leads to a healthier redistribution of the blood flow. Moxibustion is the burning of an herb called mugwort, which is believed to re-circulate the life force, often referred to as the chi.
Here’s a few other treatments that are popular with Naturopathic doctors:
- Homeopathy. Consumption of extractions of natural substances, usually herbs.
- Lifestyle counseling. This is when they give you advice on how you can change your lifestyle to better manage your health.
- Clinical Nutrition. This is actually a specialized study of the link between a healthy body with a healthy diet. The entire digestion process is studied.
Risks of Naturopathic Medicine
Just because something came from nature does not necessarily mean that it’s safe for us humans to consume. St. John’s Wort, for example, is considered to be very risky because it has been known to counteract with many medications, including those for cancer and birth control. Milk thistle benefits and side effects include that it’s somewhat effective in treating diseases such as diabetes and liver cirrhosis but can cause an array of indigestion issues so if you have digestion issues, even mild ones, milk thistle is probably not for you.