Naturopathic medicine can also be termed as Naturopathy, which is a complementary and alternative medicine system. The naturopathic medicine practice depends on the naturopathic philosophy, according to which, practitioners do not use invasive surgery, or most synthetic drugs. Instead they prefer "natural" remedies, for instance relatively unprocessed or whole medications, such as herbs and foods. However, before deciding the course of treatment, practitioners conduct diagnostic tests such as imaging and blood tests. After the tests, they decide the mode of action, which can follow anything given below.
Food forms the integral part of our daily life and is taken in serious
consideration by naturopaths. They are of the belief that many medical
conditions can be treated more effectively with food and nutritional
supplements. This involves fewer complications and side effects, if
compared by other means. Naturopaths use dietetics, natural hygiene,
fasting, and nutritional supplementation for healing.
Some plants are used for healing purposes as they have medicinal
properties. When compared with chemical drugs, medicinal plants can
address various problems at the same time, whereas drugs are unable to
do so. Plants are organic in nature and are therefore easily compatible
with the body. This makes them gentle and less toxic.
Naturopathy also lays stress on treating the person physically by
methods of therapeutic manipulation of muscles, bones and spine. They
also use ultrasound, diathermy, exercise, massage, water, heat and cold,
air, and gentle electrical pulses for the same.
Apart from naturopathic remedies, naturopaths also apply oriental
medicines for the purpose of holistic healing. For example, Acupuncture
is a complimentary healing therapy which can unify and harmonize the
imbalances present in disease conditions, which otherwise, can result in
The unity of body and mind is essentially followed by the naturopaths
and therefore they also emphasize on psychological medicine. As mental
attitudes and emotional states influence or even cause physical illness,
physicians use therapies such as counseling, nutritional balancing,
stress management, hypnotherapy, biofeedback etc, to help patients heal
on the psychological level.
Like all general practitioners, naturopathy practitioners can also
perform minor surgery including repair of superficial wounds, removal of
foreign bodies, cysts, and other superficial masses. However,
Naturopathy believes in avoiding major surgery options.