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Naturopathy is a type of alternative medicine dedicated to treating illnesses with natural remedies. The philosophy of this school of alternative medicine is primarily focused on improving a person's health and ability to fight disease innately. Alternative medicine from the naturopathic school emphasizes holistic treatment. The naturopathic school was started in the United States, but now many people around the world practice the naturopathic method rigorously.
Naturopathy and naturopathic treatments try not to use surgery or drugs in an effort to treat disease. Naturopathic treatments, like many alternative medicines, have their roots in the natural world and practitioners tend to use treatments that include, acupuncture, herbalism, aromatherapy, counseling and other alternative methods to heal patients.
The principles of naturopathy are:
- The healing power of nature.
- Identify and treat the cause.
- First do no harm
- Treat the whole person.
- The physician as the teacher.
Naturopathy may not be regulated in some countries and the term "naturopath" may not be clearly defined. It is important to seek naturopathic treatment from a professional, and try to find a trained practitioner.
Naturopathic techniques are largely based on trial and error. Naturopaths rely on historical documentation that certain remedies work. For example the use of arnica to treat bruises and Echinacea to boost a persons immune response are wide spread. These treatments have been proven by science to work, but naturopaths have been using them for decades because of historical documentation.
Many naturopathic treatments do lack credibility within the scientific community. The use of crystals to heal a person, for example, has no scientific foundation. These treatments have been described as holistic placebos; they work because the patient wants them to work.
Some international medical insurance or overseas travel medical insurance plans will offer coverage for alternative medicine treatments after a waiting period. Overseas travel medical insurance can provide comprehensive global cover. If you would like more information, or would like to receive a free quote, please contact us.