What nature of training do naturopathic medical personnel undergo?
Personnel in this field have foundational training in natural medicine. They are well recognized by other medical professionals. If a case is beyond them, they refer patients to other medical professionals. Naturopaths are awarded a degree as Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) after their 4 years study in medical college. Requirement for admission is much similar to that for conventional medicine. In the course of their study, naturopaths are trained in medical fields like cardiology, gynecology, immunology, pediatrics, neurology, pathology and so much more. Added to their training curriculum, naturopathic students are required to do a lot of coursework in natural therapeutics. They are expected to be also trained in botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, lifestyle counseling, and hydrotherapy (this is the use of water in curing some ailments).
Principles of naturopathic medicine
Naturopathic works on some set of natural principles which are:
- The healing power of nature
The human body is well equipped to regenerate itself, shout any part of it gets damaged. What Naturopathic doctors simply do is to eliminate hindrances that impede rapid healing of the body
- Finding the root cause of a problem and eliminating it
Just like conventional medicine, naturopathic doctors trace an ailment straight to its root, and then exterminating it. They don’t waste time attending to symptoms, because they know something is actually causing it. There may be nothing wrong with containing symptoms of an ailment, identify and eliminating the root cause is much more important.
- Inflict no harm
Therapies used in naturopathic treatment are very friendly. They cause no pain or discomfort, neither do they have adverse side effect. Naturopathic doctors try their best not to inhibit the symptoms of an ailment.
- A doctor and a teacher
The word doctor, came from the Latin word “docere” When translated, it means “to teach”. Naturopathic doctors don’t just try to solve a patient’s medical problem, they educate and encourage them to live a balance lifestyle by ensuring they eat right and have a positive attitude to life. “The doctor of the futurewill give no medicine, but will interestpatients in the maintenance of the humanframe, in diet, and in the prevention ofdisease.” Those are the exact words of Thomas Edison. It pays more to educate a patient, than to treat them when they are down with health complications.
- 360° treatment
After assessing the medical condition of their patient, a naturopathic doctor tries to get to the underlying cause of their problem, after which they provide treatment based on their unique needs. They don’t use a generalist approach in attending to the needs of their patient, the base their diagnosis on the physical symptoms they see in their patient. In the words of Osler MD, “It is more important to know what sort of patient has a diseaserather than what sort of disease a patienthas.”
- Prevention is better than cure
There is more wisdom in preventing a disease than spending financial resource in trying to cure it. Naturopathic doctors try inhibiting the development of future health complication, by thorough examination of a patient’s present health condition. They offer tips and advice needed to keep the body up and running at all times.