Naturopathic Medicine, which is also known as naturopathy, is a type of heath care stressing prevention and self-healing. It use natural therapies that have been used for centuries through the process of diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease via processes like herbal treatment, homeopathy, good hygiene practices, nutrition, psychology, manipulation, spirituality and ancient therapeutic practices like Chinese or India medicine.
Naturopathic doctors believe that they should first do no harm, and that the whole person, not just the disease they have, should be taken into consideration when offering them treatment. They also have faith in the healing power of nature and believe that preventing a problem is the best way to cure it.
Schooling Provided to Naturopathic Doctors
In order to be a naturopathic doctor, which is abbreviated ND instead of MD, a doctor has to have gone through four years of a special naturopathic medical school, be clinically trained, and be able to work in all areas of health from infants to old people. Some also go into more advanced training to do things like midwifing, acupuncture or to learn oriental style medical treatments.
A naturopathic doctor must have:
• Been educated in the same basic sciences as an MD
• Pass the appropriate medical boards in their state
• Pass the appropriate licensing tests in their state
• Work for two years under the supervision of a naturopathic doctor somewhere such as at an alternative medical center
Taking A Closer Look
Another thing that differs with this type of medical treatment is that patients are usually a lot more involved in their own treatment since a lot of it involves prevention more so than a cure. This makes naturopathic medicines cheaper as well, since it stresses things like eating a nutritious diet, being out in fresh air and sunshine, and using natural herbs and plants for treating diseases. It was very popular in the 1900s, but after WWII things like antibiotics and surgical advancements caused many doctors and patients to mistrust it because they believed technology must be better than these tried and true older methods.
However, by the 1970s many people began to get interested in natural medicine again and people wanted more ways to get treatment than just taking pills or getting operated on, so it began to thrive once again in both Europe and North America, and today lots of people seek out these more natural ways of treating their medical issues.