Naturopathy in simple words would mean natural healing. This is a process of getting the ailing close to the nature and use natural therapies to cure it. Naturopathy doesn’t recommend EBMs (evidence based medicines) and they are considered as alternatives. This form of treatment is said to be based on experience and anecdotes. Some of the different forms of naturopathy are reiki, nutrition diets, massage therapies, acupuncture, herbal medicines etc
Naturopathy is about being pre-emptive. When integrated with other methods of treatment it works wonders. For terminal diseases like Cancer, EBMs (evidence based medicines) are more recommended. Then it is complemented by alternative treatments like detoxifying, yoga, meditation and a diet plan.
There are naturopathy treatment centers all across the world and they are highly acclaimed for their rejuvenating effects. All of these centers follow a vegetarian diet and prohibit you from smoking, drinking liquor or caffeinated drinks. Some of these centers follow a fasting theory for a few hours in the day or some days of the week while some follow the theory of “Silence Heals”., which means you are not allowed to talk for as along as you are there in the center. Naturopathy is based on the belief that all diseases are caused due to insufficient nutrients or some anomalies in the energy circle that surrounds one. So, the idea is to replenish the body with the required ingredients and revive the energy circle to allow the body heal itself the natural way.
There are schools that teach this form of treatment and there are courses with duration of 4 yrs and above. There are naturopathy physicians who are licensed under these training programs to carry out their practice. They are trained to do minor surgeries and tests. However there are Naturopaths that practice purely based on their apprenticeship with another doctor and they do not carry a license. One needs to be very careful of quacks when going to a naturopath. Their treatment is more often feelings based and nothing really substantiates the treatment being given. Naturopathy doesn’t even recommend pediatric vaccination although scientific research has proved that children not getting these vaccinations are more susceptible to the infections than the other children who got them.
Undergoing the naturopathy therapies like massage & rejuvenation camps are extremely relaxing and soothing for the nerves. There are therapies for stress, post delivery tummy, spondylosis, depression, body aches etc… The diets subscribed for different ailments are very effective and detoxifying. The meditation and reiki camps really play with your energy fields to let positive energy dwell within you and your surroundings.
So, the alternative treatment really complements the EBMs in true sense of the word and I think it’s incomplete as a stand alone. Therefore, one must use their prudence and discretion when going for the alternative treatment specially in cases that need immediate medical attention.